Best Practices Manual: First Draft

After more than five months of painstaking research, the first draft of the Road to Rescue Best Practices Manual is nearing completion. When I began this project, I had no idea what an undertaking it would be, and there were several times during the compilation process when I said, “I can’t do this!” However, thanks to encouragement from Kim Clune, Susan Tauber, and the other rescuers who stepped up to help (see the Acknowledgements section of the manual for a complete list), I believe we’ve crafted a best practices manual that truly will help new rescues get started and assist existing rescues to work more effectively.

The final version of this manual will be available within a month. If you work with a rescue and would like to offer some links to your pertinent documents for others to check out or would like to discuss areas where you different from what we have printed or feel we should augment the information, please write a post below. We need your feedback before July 28th.

Because Up For Pups’ main mission is to support the important work performed by animal rescue organizations, we will be offering the final version of this manual online for free. Please note, however, that like your organization, we also operate on donations. The value of this manual is $75, and there’s a “donate” link on the top, right-hand corner of this page. Anything helps… I’m just sayin’. 🙂

Next month we’ll have a printed copy available, too.

Update: The manual is DONE!

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8 Responses to Best Practices Manual: First Draft

  1. Kim Clune says:


    This is AMAZING! The work you and your contributors put in is tremendous and I have no doubt that this will provide a valuable resource both to start up rescues and those in existence in need of fresh ideas.

    I am so glad you kept going. You know how much I loved attending ACES to learn about rescue, and I know you worried that you might be rehashing what’s already being offered elsewhere, but this is so utterly different. The manual is so well written, offers so much thoughtful input from various successful rescues, and brings up points that are worthy of referencing again and again. I just LOVE it!

    You will take much deserved nap once this is printed, yes? 🙂


  2. Thanks, Kim. If you hadn’t told me to keep going that day, I don’t think I would have finished this. It really is a beast, and I’m sure it’s missing some things, but I agree with you that it will help rescuers to get started and/or work more effectively. I do need a nap (or a circus – I’ll take that, too).

  3. The Road to Rescue Best Practices Manual is enormously important and I, for one, am grateful that you did not give up. I am equally grateful that Kim, Susan and the others would not let you walk away from it.

    Animals need dedicated individuals such as you to work on their behalf and rescue organizations will obviously benefit from your hard work and perseverance.

    Kudos to you!

  4. Kyla,
    This is great! I sure wish something like this had been around when we started 10 almost 11 years ago! Thank you for all your time and dedication to this and helping rescues across the country. Thank you also to all the rescues who participated and helped funnel so many great ideas!

    This is a must have manual for ALL rescues.

  5. Thanks, Cindy. I’m glad you think it’s going to be helpful for people. I can’t wait to get it published next month. 🙂

  6. This is fantastic and a necessary document for today’s rescue pet-over-populated country of ours. There is some very valuable advice, great helpful tips and reliable know-how in here. Whether you’re starting a new rescue or keeping up an old one, this is a very useful and I highly recommend that rescuers read this in their “spare time!”

  7. Chad Darwin says:

    Great job!! This will be helpful to so many rescues! Spreading the woof…I blogged about it here…

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