Learn what it takes to start and successfully run an animal organization. Before embarking on a project, consider if your energy, expertise, time, and resources can better be used to form an alliance.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
Started with more determination and resourcefulness than capital, this nonprofit now makes a difference in the battle against pet overpopulation in rural Pennsylvania.
The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.
The Green Mountain Animal Defenders in Vermont develops a program to help all animals, wild, and domestic, including baby chicks from a local hardware store.
Since leaving a career as a systems engineer, veterinarian Susan Krebsbach has never looked back. Now a veterinary consultant for the HSVMA, she uses every platform she can to change the world for animals.
Meet Frankie, a lucky dog who avoided a stomach-turning fate in Vietnam.
Camp K9 in Indiana provides a fun and comfortable place for a varying mix of day campers, grooming customers and foster dogs to romp, rest and play together.
After helping local animal control with a heartbreaking horse case, veterinarian Grant Miller was inspired to found CHANGE. The group started small—collecting spare change in water bottle jugs—but now has attracted more than 200 volunteers and rescued more than 75 horses.
Policies & Programs
The HSUS estimated minimum staffing formula for kennel caretaking only.
Access the data behind the Pets for Life movement from information collected since 2012
Download the second edition of the Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit —or purchase the book on Marketplace
Getting to know the people who use the PFL Community Outreach Toolkit
BoardSource provides resources, information and training for nonprofit board members.
The Free Management Library contains a wealth of resources to help with all aspects of managing a business, including starting a nonprofit, developing a board, strategic planning, and marketing.
Download the slides, sample documents and more from our 2011 workshop on obtaining 501(c)(3) status.
Use this handy checklist to make sure you've covered all the steps to getting a nonprofit group started.
- Animal Transfer Programs
- Board Development
- Community Outreach
- Policies & Procedures
- Rescue Groups
- Shelter Design
- Spay/Neuter Programs
- Standard Operating Procedures
- State Animal Control Associations & Humane Federations
- Strategic Planning