By Dr. Becker
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched an online resource for animal rescue groups called Rescue Central. The goal of the site is to help rescue groups operate more efficiently and successfully. Per Abby Volin, rescue group coordinator for the HSUS:
“Animal rescue groups play a vital role in improving animal welfare in communities across the country, but many could use a little extra guidance and additional tools to reach their potential. The Humane Society of the United States is thrilled to launch Rescue Central to help rescue groups save more animals.”
According to dvm360, Rescue Central will be a one-stop resource for these groups, “providing tools on topics such as fundraising, running a business, becoming involved in the community and providing optimal care for animals.” The website also includes a forum so people who hold a leadership position within a rescue group organization can interact and share information.
Rescue Central Resources
Rescue Central resides within the HSUS AnimalSheltering.org site. Animal Sheltering is a well-established online resource for animal shelter staff to learn about best practices. The goal of Rescue Central is to provide a similar resource for animal rescue groups, offering information on everything from money-saving tips to recruiting and retaining foster homes.
Under the running-a-business section, Rescue Central offers advice on starting a rescue, building an effective board of directors, and managing a rescue organization.
There is also a section called “Rescuing Done Right” that provides information on how to maximize adoptions, how to implement successful fostering and volunteer programs, and best practices for rescue groups.
The section on finances provides guidance on successful fundraising, getting grants, and cutting costs.
In the section “Building Solid Relationships” there is advice on making the most of social media, networking, and building coalitions.
From an HSUS press release:
"There are an estimated 10,000 private rescue groups in the U.S. and Canada, including breed-specific groups, foster-based groups, sanctuaries, transport groups and spay/neuter groups. They play an essential role in helping to reduce the problems of animal homelessness and euthanasia in our communities. Through Rescue Central, the HSUS is committed to providing those groups with the tools and resources they need to achieve even greater success."