Rescue Matters: How to Find, Foster, and Rehome Companion Animals: A Guide for Volunteers and Organizers


In Rescue Matters! award-winning author Sheila Webster Boneham, Ph.D., provides invaluable advice for groups or individuals who want to know how to start, run, fund and promote rescue. But the book doesn't stop there...

Drawing on the author's experience as a rescuer, breeder, dog-sport enthusiast, and owner of pets of several species, the book offers helpful advice for anyone who wants to help homeless animals, whether they can commit a few hours a year to help with a special ...

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In Rescue Matters! award-winning author Sheila Webster Boneham, Ph.D., provides invaluable advice for groups or individuals who want to know how to start, run, fund and promote rescue. But the book doesn't stop there...

Drawing on the author's experience as a rescuer, breeder, dog-sport enthusiast, and owner of pets of several species, the book offers helpful advice for anyone who wants to help homeless animals, whether they can commit a few hours a year to help with a special event, or many hours a week to hands-on work with animals. It's for people who want to help any kind of companion animal-dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, pot-belly pigs, and even larger animals like horses, Ilamas, or burros. And, for adopters considering a rescued animal, it's a guide to assessing the ethics and expertise of rescue organizations.

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What People Are Saying

Allison Miller
"This book will be enormously helpful to all individuals or groups who want to do reputable and responsible rescue efforts. Sheila Boneham has though of everything! She leaves no stone unturned and no bone un-eaten. Companion animals al over th eworld will benefit from this book."--(Allison Miller, Adoptioin Program Specialist)
Jody Young
"Rescue Matters" is a must read for all animal rescuers. Even the most experienced rescue person will find information to help them do a better job for their organization and the animals in need. Rescuers get caught up in the day to day demands of saving animals. We may neglect the nuts and bolts of our programs until we hit a bump in the road. Rescue mistakes can be time consuming, costly and even heartbreaking. Sheila Boneham's book is full of good advice, reminders and a-ha moments to help avoid the pitfalls. She guides us through the process of laying a solid ground work that allows rescuers to focus our energies on saving lives and re-homing companion animals. "Rescue Matters" should be part of every rescuer's equipment-right beside their cell phone, computer, leash and treats. Thank you Sheila Boneham for such a thorough look at the ins and outs of rescue."--(Jody Young, Ridgeback Rescue of the United States, Inc., Indiana Director)
Linda Coleman
"Rescue Matters is a book no rescue group should be without. Sheila Boneham has created a compendium of essential information for anyone currently working in rescue or thinking of getting involved in helping animals. From the basics of rescuing one lost animal to the legal and practical procedures for setting up a 501 (c)3 organization, Dr. Boneham provides a detailed guide to every aspect of rescue work. You will find specific recommendations for recruiting volunteers and finding the best fit fo reach of them, handling fundraising, publicity and networking, and managing the inevitable veterinary costs all rescues incur. "Rescue Matters" includes balanced and thoughtful consideration of the many difficult and complex issues rescuers face: which animals to take, how to assess prospective adopters, and how to educate the public about animal welfare. Dr. Boneham discusses the stresses on rescuers' families and their own pets and how to mange them and presents diplomatic solutions to some of the thornier problems rescue groups face: turning down applications, educating someone who needs to understand animals better, and helping volunteers avoid burnout. The appendix contains samples of the kinds of documents every rescue effort needs. "Rescue Matters" is clear, accessible, and thorough, an essential guide for nay rescue group."--(Linda Coleman, Volunteer, Partnership for Animal Welfare)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577791010
  • Publisher: Alpine Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 643,279
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Chapter 4 - Financial and Material Support
Money and material resources are essential rescue tools. Without them, serious rescue work is impossible. Your group does not need to maintain a big bank balance, but does need sufficient money and equipment to transport animals as needed, feed them and care for them properly, pay for the services of veterinarians and possibly other professionals, and so on. If you want to expand your efforts to public education (see Chapters 5 and 11), you will need money or outside support. Most important, and assuming you have enough volunteers to do the work, having adequate funding will enable you to support individual animals longer and to be more discriminating in rehoming them.
There are many ways to raise money, and many excellent sources of information on fund raising for not-for-profit organizations. Start with the basics, and don't be afraid to look for new sources of money and supplies. Talk to volunteers from other rescue programs and other types of charities about their fund raising successes and failures. Keep your eyes open for more possibilities, and be creative. The ideas in this chapter are based on my own experience and on input from experienced rescuers around the country.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Dean Koontz vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction xi

Part I People and Policies 1

Chapter 1 Getting Organized 3

How to Organize 4

Who's In Charge Here? 4

Where are You? Points of Contact 5

Incorporation 9

Establishing Policies and Procedures 11

Legal Documents 15

Insurance 15

Chapter 2 Volunteers: The Hearts of Rescue 17

Fostering Animals in Transition 18

I Can't Take in Animals What Can I Do? 21

Before You Leap: Pitfalls of Rescue Work 23

Burnout 26

Chapter 3 Finding, Training, and Managing Volunteers 28

Where Are You Now? 28

Recruiting Volunteers 29

Screening Potential Volunteers 32

Organizing, Training, and Empowering Volunteers 34

Chapter 4 Financial and Materials Support 39

Not-For-Profit and Tax-Exempt Status 40

Raising Money 40

Soliciting Support 43

Cutting Costs 45

Chapter 5 Spreading the Word 49

Networking on the Internet 50

Networking Face to Face 50

Publicity and the Media 54

Additional Ideas for Publicity 57

Teaching More than Rescue 58

Delayed Reactions 60

Part II The Animals 61

Chapter 6 Animals in Need, or What It's All About 63

Animal Management Basics 63

Phone Calls and Paperwork 66

Points of Origin 70

Chapter 7 The Human Side of Rescue Work 76

The Cultural Setting 77

Preventing and Correcting Pet Problems 78

Supporting Your Adopters 80

Chapter 8 Health Screening for Rescue 81

Setting Up Standard Procedures 82

Health Issues 85

Preventing Disease 91

Parasites 92

Altering 96

Chapter 9 Temperament and Behavior 99

Temperament 100

Aggression 100

Health Related Behavioral Problems 102

Other Common Behavioral Problems 102

Chapter 10 RehomingRescued Pets 109

Attracting Adopters 109

Screening Adopters 110

Matchmaking: The Right Person for the Right Pet 115

Adoption Contracts 115

Going Home 117

Follow-up Procedures 118

Chapter 11 Optimism 120

Appendix 1 Sample Documents 123

Adoption Application 124

Foster Caretaker Application 129

Appendix 2 Resources 135

About the Author 141

Index 143

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    A Mentor for Animal Rescuers!

    Rescue Matters is one of the most important books, philosophies to come out lately as a paradigm. Many times people get locked into what they cannot do, they forget that each life matters.

    Whether you are one who are either impulsive enough to jump in when a call for help is made, or one who needs to understand every aspect of what you are getting involved with, you could not have a more effective guide than "Rescue Matters" by Dr Sheila Boneham in your hand as you make the decisions needed every step of the amazing journey of helping to save rescued animals lives. I am an "independent rescuer, part of a growing group of people who chose to simply step up because they can to help in ways not being addressed by formal non-profit organizations. "Making decisions from the steps and considerations listed in this book, providing a powerful tool to empower one with confidence to avoid problems, liabilities, conflicts and other issues easily avoidable, when one is properly mentored.

    The Animal Rescue community is an industry overflowing with politics, territorialism, & frequently (rabidly) rigid policies, perceptions and procedures, (like so many others). This book is a breath of fresh air, desperately needed to refocus attention & energy on what is really the important issue~ maximizing our efforts to save, heal and re-home animals, who's lives are currently being lost by ineffective choices and unnecessary competition.

    Phoenix Az, is the second largest animal control county in the US. Over 57,000 animal were brought though the Maricopa County Animal Control. In spite of the drive of committed paid & volunteer staff, an overwhelming 50% are being euthanized for simple lack of room and resources. I elected to bring a Humane Society (US) education program to Arizona about compassion fatigue which provided awareness, support, understanding and tools. Months of walking around at adoptathons, handing out brochures for this low cost,1 day program to rescues, shelters, other animal non-profits, pleading with them to send ONE person to get the tools which would help to stop the hemorrhaging of burnout & compassion fatigue of desperately needed volunteers & agency paid staff. Only representatives from the Humane Societies around Arizona elected to participate.

    Small and independent rescues of every kind were so focused on the day to day survival, they were unable to recognize the importance of planning for the long term by helping to provide tools that would reduce the overturn we see from people who want to help, who leave frustrated, angry, overwhelmed or flat broke.

    Often we see well-intentioned good hearted people get involved with Rescues, only to elect to spin off into creating their own non-profits from frustrations, different underappreciated priorities, (interests or needs), completely unaware, unprepared to cope with the realities of operational non-profit management necessitates.policies, procedures, due diligence, liabilities, dependencies on volunteers and fundraising, hidden expenses not seen helping other agencies.

    Rescue Matters is one of the best written tools, (both from the book & the follow up available online) to save well intentioned individuals both painful experiences, & devastating consequences, physically, mentally, emotionally, ~especially financially. This very inexpensive written guide can turn a painful wounding journey into a true Hero's journey of healing, teachin

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