During the next several months we will be working on our rescue best practices manual alongside the selfless rescuers who have volunteered to ensure that this manual is comprehensive and complete. Each Tuesday and Friday I’ll be posting a new section of the manual for rescuers to post their comments about.
Our hope for this manual is that it will not only guide new and developing rescues to save the most lives possible but that it will eventually serve as the basis for an Up For Pups rescue financial assistance program.
To kick off the rescue best practices manual, here is the initial outline. As feedback continues to come in from our rescue partners, we will continue to update our posts until the manual is complete. Feel free to leave comments with your thoughts and suggestions.
Summary: The nation’s largest pet adoption database, Petfinder.com, showcases well over 10,000 “adoption groups” listing hundreds of thousands of adoptable animals at any given time. Many of these groups are private animal rescue organizations operated out of someone’s home with a network of transport and foster volunteers to support the immense number of animals taken in each year. Despite the fact that this industry is obviously sizable and growing, it is virtually unregulated without even a best practices handbook for rescues to reference.
Up For Pups, a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organization, has set out to develop an indispensible manual that will serve as a guide for established and developing private rescue organizations, helping them to work most effectively. The goal is that this manual will help rescues save the most lives, spend the least money, and ensure a good experience for all volunteers involved.
*Manuals and standards are available for shelters, but “rescues” generally run very differently from shelters and cannot necessarily follow similar practices.
Data-Gathering Process: Up For Pups is partnering with experienced, diverse private rescue organizations to compile data regarding their practices. Up For Pups will evaluate that data and compile commonalities into this manual. Up For Pups will also compile data on what hasn’t worked well for these rescues. Participating rescues will be rewarded with a donation to their organization for their time and effort, as it is expected that each rescues will need to invest at least 15-20 hours into this project between live interviews and manual reviews.
Final Document: This project is expected to take six months to complete. The first edition of the Road to Rescue Best Practices Manual will focus on decentralized dog rescue organizations that function with the use of foster homes. It will be as many pages as necessary to describe the best practices of these organizations. The following outline highlights many of the general concepts that will be covered.
Following a successful first edition, Up For Pups will tailor the manual for other types of organizations like cat rescues, mixed-species rescues, and centralized rescues that have a common facility housing their adoptable animals.
Click HERE to see the project outline