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.
Stacey Taylor, founder of Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, started out with a plan to help area shelters with their public relations efforts but quickly realized the need for low-cost spay/neuter services was more pressing.
Growing up in Iran, Fatemeh Motamedi saw stray animals abused and taunted in the streets. In 2002, she helped establish VAFA, the country's first animal shelter.
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
Getting to know the people who use the PFL Community Outreach Toolkit
Download the second edition of the Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit —or purchase the book on Marketplace
BoardSource provides resources, information and training for nonprofit board members.
Download the slides, sample documents and more from our 2011 workshop on obtaining 501(c)(3) status.
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.
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