Best Practices Manual: It’s here!

After a five-month-long data collection effort, Road to Rescue is complete! I thought we were going to get a lot of hate mail because obviously, not all rescue organizations function exactly the same, but as it turns out, the manual has received very positive feedback from many respectable rescuers.

As the mission of Up For Pups is to help rescues save the most lives possible, we’ve made the eBook version of the manual free. The eBook version of the manual is 117 pages of content, plus you’ll receive a link to access over 100 pages of document examples, all free of charge. Download here.

Road to Rescue is also available in a paperback version for $29.95, a deal if you consider that it also includes access to the following generic documents in .doc format for you to edit and use as you see fit. Buy here.

  • Articles of Organization for a 501(c)3
  • Bylaws
  • Conflict of Interest policy
  • Surrender contract/form
  • Intake/evaluation form (should only be used after a dog is evaluated using your rescue’s evaluation procedure)
  • Volunteer/foster application
  • Foster contract
  • Foster welcome kit template
  • Adoption application
  • Adoption contract

Order now to save $5 per paperback book! Just enter coupon code savinglives5 at checkout. Buy now!

*Sale ends August 31st. Books will begin shipping next week.

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4 Responses to Best Practices Manual: It’s here!

  1. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulation!

    It seems that hard work and staying on track really does pay off. I can’t wait to read this paperback version and I have little doubt that I’ll like it enough to recommend to others.

  2. Erich Riesenberg says:

    I think some sort of best practices advice is definitely needed.

    I read the section on the adoption process and it still seems a bit fuzzy. Some rescues have 2 or 3 pets and still expect people to fill out an application before anyone will talk with the person, and some even claim to expect a home visit and references, before meeting the pet. The manual does not appear to address when rescues should expect people to submit to the exhaustive background check.

    If I were running a rescue, I would have a brief online form with a few questions to start. If a person has a good vet reference I would like to think I would be happy to introduce the person to the pets without expecting more to even see if the pet might be a match.

  3. Thanks for your comment, Erich. The fact is, a rescue needs a comprehensive application for people to fill out before they speak with people to weed out the people who aren’t serious. Some rescues get more than 20 applications a week for their available dogs, and remember, the rescues are run by volunteers who also have day jobs. Some rescues have waiting lists of adopters, whereas others are desperate for applications. I think how you manage initial inquiries really depends on how many you are able to handle.

    The way I do it, personally, is I look at all the applications our rescue receives that fit the parameters for my foster dog (e.g., no kids, no cats, etc.). I then call the applicants before doing any vet check or reference check. I ask them some pertinent questions to get a feel for how serious they are and whether I think they would provide the best home for my foster dog. If I feel good about them, I have them schedule a time to meet my foster dog. In the meantime, I check their references and get someone to do a home check if I can’t. Then, if they meet the dog and everyone likes each other, the dog can go home with them.

  4. Thanks, Hanna! Did you receive your book yet? I look forward to hearing what you thought about it.

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