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 that are operated out of people’s homes, with a network of transport and foster volunteers who support the immense number of animals these rescues save 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 use as a reference.*
To create Road to Rescue, Up For Pups collaborated with numerous experienced, diverse private rescue organizations and animal welfare societies. After developing the project outline, each rescue wrote about two or three topics, which were subsequently posted on the Up For Pups blog for public discussion. The beginning of the discussion can be found at http://upforpups.org/2011/02/best-practices-manual/. The entire data-collection and editing period spanned six months, and Up For Pups continues to monitor comments on these blog posts for information to add to this manual.
The purpose of this manual is to
- Help new rescues “do it right” from the beginning.
- Give existing rescues a “measuring stick” and guide for maximum effectiveness.
- Present a foundation for evaluating rescue effectiveness for those interested in donating and providing grants.
Careful observation of the practices outlined in this manual will help rescues save the most lives, spend the least money, and ensure a good experience for both volunteers and rescued animals. Up For Pups recognizes that dog rescue is not a one-size-fits-all effort and that some upstanding rescues may have policies that differ from those listed herein, but regardless of size or breed, some practices are better than others, which is what we’ve set out to highlight.*Manuals and standards are available for shelters, but “rescues” generally run very differently from shelters and cannot necessarily follow similar practices.
Road to Rescue: Best Practices Manual includes the following chapters:
- Introduction and Definitions
- Chapter 1: A Brief History of Dog Rescue Organizations
- Chapter 2: Rescues and Shelters
- Chapter 3: Starting a Rescue
- Chapter 4: Homeless Dogs Needing Help
- Chapter 5: Legal Concerns
- Chapter 6: Veterinary Care
- Chapter 7: Fundraising and Donations
- Chapter 8: Managing Costs and Time
- Chapter 9: Marketing
- Chapter 10: Volunteers
- Chapter 11: Foster Home Management
- Chapter 12: Adoption Process
- Chapter 13: Transporting Animals
- Chapter 14: Humane Education
- Chapter 15: Special Situations
- Appendix A: Document Examples and Resources (separate file)
- Appendix B: Generic Documents (separate file; only available with paperback version)
The paperback version and Kindle/Nook eBook versions includes the book, over 100 pages of document examples, and access to the following documents in .doc format for your use:
- Articles of Organization for a 501(c)3
- 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
At $29.95, the paperback version is a deal. Payment for the paperback version of this book is processed by Happy Tails Books via Paypal, Amazon Checkout, or credit card.
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The eBook version of Road to Rescue is free. It gives you access to everything included in the paperback version except the generic documents for your use.