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

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

by Sheila Webster Boneham
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577791010
Publisher:
Alpine Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Read an Excerpt

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.

What People are Saying About This

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)
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)
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)

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