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Rescue group policies and practices

Help your rescue group make the greatest impact for pets and people. Discover advice and guidance on every aspect of rescue work, from incorporating your organization to setting the highest standards of care for every animal you help.

  • Rescue Group Best Practices Guide

    Brought to you by The HSUS and PetSmart Charities, the Rescue Group Best Practices Guide provides advice and guidance on every aspect of rescue work, from the ins and outs of incorporating to setting the highest standards of care for each and every animal you help.

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  • Rescue group program assessment

    Without a highly effective volunteer program, rescues can’t operate at their full life-saving potential. RGPA is a free, online tool that assesses a rescue’s volunteer program and provides concrete steps to improve the organization’s effectiveness.

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  • Blog Post

    'Return' is not a dirty word

    Pets who come back present opportunities for us to learn

    When I travel the country sharing the Adopters Welcome philosophy with shelters and rescue groups, there’s one refrain I hear over and over:  “But if we eliminate our home checks, landlord checks and other hurdles and actually embrace people who want to adopt, rather than scrutinize and judge them, the animal might get returned!”

    My standard response: "So what?"

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  • Magazine Article

    Saving our soldiers’ pets

    Melanie (last name withheld) and Majnoon share a special bond.

    ‘No Buddy Left Behind’ program preserves bond between soldiers and strays

    No man or woman left behind—but what about our service men and women’s overseas pets? Members of the military often bond with stray dogs and cats in the Middle East, says Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue (GOR), a New York-based nonprofit. “It makes them feel at home,” he says. “It makes them feel normal, [like] they’re not in a war zone.”

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  • Magazine Article

    Face(book) value

    How you can learn to stop worrying and love your feed

    It may seem like it’s all political rants and oversharing about personal crises, but Facebook has become a powerful—and requisite—tool for businesses and nonprofits, including animal rescue groups. Once you learn to navigate the online world of private groups and public pages, you can reap the substantial—and time-saving—benefits of the world’s most popular social media platform.

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