We are often asked How Do You Start a Dog Rescue…Nov 25 2014
We always welcome a new rescue effort, as it is impossible for just one organization to combat all the challenges of overpopulation, lack of spay and neuter, uneducated and misguided citizens, along with the shelters bursting at the seams. I encourage you to start slow, too many groups try and “save them all” become overwhelmed and shut down or worse turn into hoarders themselves. First, educate yourself, know the laws of Virginia, all animal law can be found by searching Virginia State Code, 3.2-6500 is the code section that starts with definitions (including animal shelter public and private) 4 viagra. You will need to apply for a non-profit status with federal and state government, you will also need to apply to the State Corporation Commission, follow all governing rules of Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to include filling a state vet report each year and a form 102 (which allows you to accept donations). Get all of these things going before you jump in. In the meantime come with a name, stay away for things that have derogatory terms like “bully” with the bullying issue in schools you want to not be associated. You will need to write out your mission statement, get a board of directors, write bylaws, a foster, adoption and volunteer application, an adoption contract, website, figure out your accounting and know that you need to file taxes every year and make public your profits and loss, adoption, euthanasia, etc. numbers. Start slow, do it right and it will not only last, but make a lasting impact on animals in your community.
*** Note this is not everything just a quick starting point in case you are interested.