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Q: How to Start a Rescue?

September 16, 2008 | By Pitbullluvr17 | 5 answers | Expired: 2190 days ago

Pitbullluvr17

i thought about having a pit bull rescue in the future, a long way, but anyway, does anyone know how i would start a rescue?

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Valerie N.
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Sep 27, 2008

Just wanted to say that is awesome of you!

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Nickel3691
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Sep 25, 2008

Two things, hard work and dedication. Especially because you were interested in doing a bully breed you would have to carefully screen your potential adoptors. etc.

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Kelsey C.
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Sep 24, 2008

I would recommend first timers wanting to start a rescue to find a rescue that is already operating. Work with them a while to learn what they do, how they do it, the ins and outs. Maybe even foster for them for a while to get an idea of what it would be like to have rescue animals around all the time and work with them all the time. After you are comfortable and ready, I would look into getting a 501(c)3, things are so much easier if you are a non profit. Set you standards, stick to them, be real with people, take care of the animals, and do the best that you can do!

Good luck!

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Sherrie R.
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Sep 21, 2008

A friend and I started an Old English Sheepdog Rescue. At the beginning, we split the cost and kept track so we could get reimbursed. We got a DBA. We each donated $50 and opened a bank account in OESR name. We also printed up business cards. We visited local shelters and left our information. I created a website (very important) where we posted the pictures of our rescues for adoption. We also contacted the OES National to let them know we were in business. I estimate it costs about $150-$200 to get started. You might want to visit some websites for their adoption terms and conditions and owner turn-in forms. We also checked with our vets and requested a "rescue discount" which they gave us. Our recue group grew to 6 folks all over the state. We had a picnic once a year and invited all of the folks who adopted from us. I'm sure there's a lot more info. I could pass on to you if you want it. Please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions.

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Kathrynnj
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Sep 16, 2008

Save up a bit of money first of all. Make sure you have everything arranged before you start. Where are they going to go if they get sick? Where are they getting spayed/neutered and for how much? Figure out all those things first. Get in contact with local shelters. Explain what you want to do. You are best off starting as a foster parent before starting your own rescue. That way you have help and are not all on your own. You could build up experience that way and get advice. Once you know what you are doing and how to handle situations, you should go off on your own way and start getting donations and try to apply for tax exempt status. You are going to need more then just you to be able to be called a rescue and qualify as anything. You would technically just be a foster more or less. Good luck!

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