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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.