There are many factors to be considered when starting your own rescue. In fact the process can be long and pretty intense.  Here is a quick guide to help you lay out a plan and get the process moving.

1.    Determine a Mission & Vision Statement- developing a mission and vision statement will help you determine what types of equines you will accept, where they may come from, and how you will rehabilitate and adopt out.
2.    Do you have adequate land/space? Starting an Equine Rescue will require land and space. Do you own this land already? Do you need to purchase? Is it zoned appropriately?
3.    Apply for Organization Name. This filing can be completed on your department of state website.
4.    Apply for a 501c 3 Status. Filing for your nonprofit status can be completed online at
5.    Apply for an FEIN. This can also be completed online at
6.    Create a Business Plan. This plan should identify that path you plan to take to get your nonprofit developed, funded, and how you plan maintain that long term.

While this is not every step to starting your own Equine rescue, it should help with the launching of the idea and help to guide you on what questions need answered initially.

For many, animal adoptions continue to be a favorite way to acquire a new best friend. Every year, hundreds and thousands of wonderful new pets are discovered and taken home to adoring families. Pet store dogs are expensive while animal adoptions offer the same lovable dogs for free. If you are among the many people today interested in adopting a dog, there are several things to evaluate before bringing one home.

Are You Ready?

Dogs are a big responsibility. Whether it’s a puppy or a full grown adult, a new dog requires love, training and patience, along with the necessities of food, water and regular walks. It’s important to evaluate and prepare for every aspect of pet care prior to rushing into any animal adoptions and a new dog is no different. Caring for a dog can sometimes be a full-time job, so communication among other members of your family may help to delegate tasks such as feeding, watering and walking the dog throughout the week.

Selecting Your Dog

Different breeds have different temperaments, habits, shapes, sizes and ages. Don’t hesitate to ask a professional for help when selecting the right dog to take home to the family. Some breeds are engineered to protect a home while others are simply fun to have around. Every dog breed possesses distinctly different attributes, but all of them can make life-long companions. Choosing to have an ‘inside’ dog or an ‘outside’ dog is another thing to consider, especially in the case that existing pets like cats are in the home already. 

Consistent Care

Ongoing follow-ups should be a priority after animal adoptions. Dogs require regular shots and can benefit from bi-monthly veterinary checkups and grooming. Be sure to ask about your dog’s health history and what may be required. Knowing when your dog is due for the next round of shots is important. Scheduling appointments to have your dog bathed or to clip his or her nails may also be a good idea before introducing the dog to the family or other pets.

Caring for a dog is challenging but also very rewarding. A dog can enrich a household for generations and many of these adorable creatures find homes through animal adoptions. By understanding and accepting the responsibilities of being a dog owner, you can feel confident to research pet adoptions in your area and select a dog that is right for you.


If you have decided it is time to add a four-legged or feathered family member to your home, there is a lot to consider. After all, there are a lot of choices in pets with a variety of amount of care needed.

Perhaps the easiest pet to care for is a fish, or a few fish. Although they do not need a lot of attention, they do need daily care. At a minimum, the bowl or aquarium must be kept clean and at the proper temperature for the species you choose and they need daily feeding.

Whether choosing a pet for yourself or for the family with a child in charge of its care, it is important that an adult be able to oversee the care and make sure that your he or she has food, water, and is cleaned up after. Maybe you will choose a hamster to be kept in the kid’s room. That is great, but make sure that your child is giving your new pet fresh food and water daily as well as a clean living area.

Dogs and cats are the most popular choices in pets. Adopting from a shelter or a rescue agency is a wonderful way to add to the family while rescuing a life. But, make sure you are ready for the responsibility of this new family member. It is a long-term, important commitment that should not be taken lightly. Cats and dogs can live 15 to 20 years. They not only need proper daily care, but also companionship and attention. Shelters are full of these former pets of those who have not taken their responsibilities seriously.

It is not necessary for pets to breed. In fact, they are happier and healthier just being pets. For dogs and cats, it is best to neuter or spay. For smaller pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits, one can be kept alone or you can get two of the same sex for their like companionship.

Before obtaining any new pets, research what will fit into your family and lifestyle best. Consider whether you may have any allergies that could be triggered by a new pet. Think about how much time you have to spend and just what you expect from a new pet. Pick wisely, and prepare to have your life enriched by your new family member.