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Animal Sheltering's Shelter and Rescue Essentials has the latest articles from Animal Sheltering magazine, publications, policies, assessment tools, guidelines, connections and other resources to support the lifesaving work of shelter and rescue professionals. You can filter by topical tag or type of resource.

  • Shelter + Rescue Essentials

    Animal Sheltering's Shelter and Rescue Essentials has the latest articles from Animal Sheltering magazine, publications, policies, assessment tools, guidelines, connections and other resources to support the lifesaving work of shelter and rescue professionals towards keeping pets in happy, healthy homes, protecting community cats, reaching underserved communities and increasing pet adoptions in shelters and with rescue groups.

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  • Rescue Group Best Practices: creating your mission and vision

    If you are thinking about starting a new rescue group, define your mission and vision before you do any other planning. Where is the greatest need in your community? What do you hope to accomplish and why? Conducting a community assessment can assist you in determining the type of help the animals in your community need. Typically, forming a rescue group consists of creating an organization that takes in animals that have been transferred from a shelter, relinquished by their owner or found as a stray; fosters them in a home environment; and adopts them out.

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  • Assessment

  • Assessment

    Creating a plan of attack

    So, you’ve established your Shelter Ally partnership and you’re ready to jump in—where do you start? Transport is the obvious first step; after all, it’s a proven way to relieve the burden of overcrowding. But a true partnership is designed to provide more than temporary relief to the mentee shelters; it is intended to give them strategies for reducing their population to the point that transport is unnecessary because they are operating within their humane capacity for care and meeting all of the pressing needs of their community.

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  • Assessment

    Which Groups are Good Candidates for Mentorship?

    While most groups are happy to accept offers of resources, transport support, etc., not every organization is a good candidate for mentorship. To truly embrace the opportunity participation in a Shelter Ally program provides, groups must be willing to accept the recommendations for change and implement mentor group suggestions. Honest and forthright initial conversations must be had in order to determine the prospective mentee’s openness to change.

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