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.
Shelters and rescues sometimes view each other with a degree of suspicion. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We explore the source of the problems—and ways that rescue groups can get past them to prove that they’ll be great allies.
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.
Eileen Smulson's nonprofit, Operation Blankets of Love, helps provide many of the little extras-everything from blankets and towels to cat scratchers and dog igloos-that Los Angeles area animal shelters couldn't otherwise afford.
Despite facing Hurricane Katrina and an office fire, a Mississippi shelter survives and thrives enough to expand its spay/neuter efforts and other programs to benefit animals in its community.
Former ACO Donald Kendrick is a one-man band, spreading the word about spay/neuter and connecting pet owners to low-cost options in their area.
A civilian spouse partners with The HSUS to help homeless pets on an Air Force base in South Korea.
Just four years after its inception, United Against Puppy Mills, a group that focuses on public awareness, legislation, and zoning, has had a significant impact on the lives of dogs in Pennsylvania.
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