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Grants for shelters/rescues?

waste of paint
March 23rd, 2008, 10:33 AM
Hi everyone! Sorry that I've been MIA for a while, but I've been a busy, busy bee! All of my fuzzbutts are doing well, and I hope everyone else is too. :grouphug:

This is just a question about an idea that's been developing in the back of my head for the last few months: I have ten acres of land in the country that my father has given me (he bought it years and years ago and never did anything with it). The older I get, the more I seriously want to move out there asap. The boyfriend and I have been discussing how many rescues we could take in if we lived out there. I feel like we could really make a difference for quite a few critters. Now, we'd like to be a self-sufficient as possible (we're planning on growing most of our own produce, and having a few goats and hens), but we're trying to figure out how we could afford to take care of the dozens of dogs, cats, and other critters that we would definitely have the time/space for. I know a lot of you do exactly that, whether you are considered a rescue/shelter or not. So I was wondering how everyone does it? I'm planning to work part-time from home, but I don't see that covering our expenses. Does the Canadian government have any grants for stuff like this? I know that we'd be lucky to break even, and that it's incredibly hard work, but if we can manage to afford food and vet bills I feel like it would be incredibly rewarding. :cat: :dog:

March 23rd, 2008, 12:16 PM
I volunteer for a small humane society and have spoken to them about grant funding from gov't. They get very very little support from gov't and I believe the only one that did help was the municipal one. You may also try to get some grants from your provincial lottery commission, they may give some one time funding to help you.

waste of paint
March 23rd, 2008, 02:28 PM
Thanks, Love4himies. I did a bit of research online and I can't seem to find much. Maybe we'll have to just adopt one or two until we can figure out how to afford more. Once our tuition debts are payed off we'll probably be able to manage better! :rolleyes:

March 23rd, 2008, 05:12 PM
I see you are in Quebec. The humane society I know of requests funds every budget year from the municipal gov't. They had to write a proposal to get one time funds from the proceeds of the local casino.

March 23rd, 2008, 07:29 PM
Here in Quebec there is no government funding available to animal shelters. What some shelters do is sell licenses to pet owners (in most municipalities it is a by-law that all dogs be registered/licensed) and in exchange for the money made with the licenses, they are responsible for picking up the stray animals of that town as well as the injured and dead ones (roadkill). This is one way to fund your animal shelter..but it is alot of work!:pawprint::pawprint: