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Rescue groups

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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Most recent Tools and Resources > Rescue groups

  • Magazine Article

    Can’t we all just get along?

    Why public and private animal welfare organizations have a moral obligation to work together

    While public and private animal welfare organizations have historically had a hard time getting along, animal homelessness requires a community solution. We check in with two public and private shelter leaders who put their differences aside for the sake of a shared mission.

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  • Magazine Article

    A tale of ordinary to extraordinary

    Danny and Ron’s Rescue cares for as many as 100 dogs at one time in a sprawling, ranch-style house on their farm.

    This pair rescued a few dogs and went on to help more than 1,000

    Filmmaker Ron Davis describes the inspiration for Life in the Doghouse, a heartwarming documentary of love and rescue.

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  • Magazine Article

    Follow the money

    Rescue groups can’t afford to ignore financial management best practices

    As a rescue group, you’ve got passion and good intentions in abundance, but your financial oversight skills might be in shorter supply. As too many animal welfare organizations have learned, a worthy mission won’t protect you from poor financial management or even embezzlement. The good news is that by implementing sound financial policies and practices, you can keep your organization in the black and your mission going strong.

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