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How do you start a rescue group in a small town?

November 4th, 2009, 08:10 PM
A woman who has taken in 22 critters (mainly cats) and trapped/altered/released about the same number is tired of doing it alone. She contacted me after reading a letter to the editor I submitted to a newspaper with the idea of reaching out to others like her in our town who are trying to assist/control the pockets of feral colonies. She wants me to write a letter to our two small local papers asking for like-minded individuals to join up and help out. Can do that, I guess, but surely someone has experience in how to get started in organizing such a thing as a local - uh, rescue group? Sure would welcome input & suggestions. Am I allowed to say the town is Amherstburg, Ontario, if that helps?

November 4th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Thank you for asking this question. It is something I have been doing some research on myself with not a lot of luck. However, tonight I did a bit of searching and came up with some sites. Maybe they would be of help to you. It is no small feat, believe me. It takes tons of time and dedication.
Thank you and most definitely thank the wonderful woman who has helped so many cats on her own. :thumbs up:grouphug:

Should also add the ad in the newspaper is a good start to get some kind of idea of how many people may be willing to help out. It's possible someone may have a barn that can be converted to a rescue headquarters. It could also give ideas on how many people may be interested in fostering cats and dogs and if it is worthwhile going ahead with the project.
In my town my biggest issue has been finding a vet willing to help out and not charge an arm and a leg.

November 4th, 2009, 09:10 PM
Excellent links, 14+.

Critter-lover, thank you for wanting to give this woman a hand :grouphug:.

She may also want to contact the CRA for information on registering as a non-profit animal organization. I know this part can be time-consuming, she'll need a few others to help organize this aspect, but it's well worth it when seeking funding from the public.

November 4th, 2009, 09:54 PM
You might also want to contact the municipality (in this case, Loyalist Township and I would also suggest the Lennox Addington Branch of the OSPCA to get some information.

November 4th, 2009, 10:11 PM
I'm a newbie at this, as you can tell - and was astonished at the fast and wonderful information you all gave. I'm screen printing your answers, and will give them to Evelyn tomorrow, along with your appreciation of her efforts. Wow, looks like I'd better check this site again before I leave in the morning. I will f/u on all the great links, and if it's ok, will keep you posted on what happens as we stumble our way through this. What lovely people you are!

November 5th, 2009, 12:10 AM
The folks at never cease to amaze me. :angel: :thumbs up :grouphug:

Good luck Critter-lover :fingerscr :goodvibes: and thank you :grouphug: and please do keep us posted. :goodvibes:

November 6th, 2009, 01:22 PM
I would definantely speak with your Humane Society as well. I would even tell them your ideas, and let them come in and make sure everything adequate and up to standards. Plus it is beneifical. You might be able to help out the shelter as well. Work together for the comminities animals.


November 12th, 2009, 02:49 AM
The letter I sent asking for like-minded people to join our cause was published in one of our weekly papers today (the other paper comes out later in the week) and I'm delighted to report two responses already. Not bad for first published day, given our town has only 22,000 people in it. Re contacting our Humane Society, we don't have one in Amherstburg, which is why we want to start this organization here. Windsor has one, but charges $40 per pet brought to them from outlying towns such as Amherstburg, 27 km. away. We have about 6 or 7 people "signed up" so far, and should have our 1st meeting soon. Evelyn, the "founder" has the papers ready to take to the CRA to register the group as a charity, and we have two vets who'll give us a price break. The nearest will neuter for $97.20 and spay for $171.00, I'm told. Shots extra. To avoid trapping and potentially re-altering the same cat (all gray cats look alike, for example), I've heard of alternate ear notching, or tattoos. Do y'all have any preferences or other ideas?