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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > Starting a rescue/outreach
Last Post by Sarita at 7/20/2011 3:53 AM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline lazyhistoire
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3/25/2011 7:51 AM

Hi everyone,

I hope that I'm posting this in the right section .... I wanted to get some input from other experienced rabbit folks.

I am thinking about starting a rescue and outreach group in San Antonio - we don't have any sort of rabbit rescue or shelter here.

Could anybody give me any resources on how to go about this, necessary items, etc?

I realize that this requires a great deal of work ... and money. But it's something I'm passionate about and would at least like to look into ... I really want to help.

Can anyone offer advice, help, support, words of wisdom?

Thank you


User is Offline Sarita
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3/25/2011 8:48 AM

Have you ever volunteered for a rescue group (dog, cat, rabbit, anything)? I would suggest that you start with that so you will have some local rescue resources.

I had a small rabbit fostering group at one time - we applied for and got our 501c non-profit status from the IRS.

What I first did was help at some local rabbit rescues and I realize you don't have that in San Antonio. However I also volunteered at a local no-kill shelter (dogs and cats only). And that helped me see what it took to start my own rabbit foster group.

I also was an educator and foster for the House Rabbit Society. I would recommend you apply as a volunteer with them as well - you will get access to their resources and you can also tell shelters and other rescues you are a volunteer with them.

I paid all my expenses out of my own pocket when I had a little foster group with 2 other friends. Fundraising is always the BIGGEST challenge of any of the rescue groups I had or helped with. I am currently a board member for a Guinea Pig rescue and run their rescue store and we are always in the red. In fact, any of the rescue groups I helped where always in the red.

As for getting a 501c - you first need to incorporate in the state of Texas and you will need a board of directors (at least 3 people) to incorporate. Once you are incorporated you can then apply for your 501c3 if you decide to go that route.


User is Offline Beka27
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4/07/2011 3:37 AM
Sarita is the expert as far as this goes. There are quite a few hoops to jump thru, there is much more involved than buying cages and taking in rabbits. One of the biggest expenses is going to be vet-care and spay/neuter for all the rabbits you take in. You might be able to get a discounted rate, but it won't be by much. Many rescues operate with the assistance of foster homes, but you'd need to have several people set up and willing to help if you did this on your own. I would strongly encourage you to first foster for an established rescue before venturing out on your own.
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User is Offline lazyhistoire
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4/24/2011 12:31 PM
I know it's been awhile since I posted.
I've driven up to Austin and did a little bit of volunteering with the buns when I went to get supplies. I talked to the other volunteers there and the woman who facilitates adoptions about fostering thru them in the future and hopefully working with them to expand to San Antonio. All I can do now though, is educate people here!
So, I started a Facebook page - first step. I don't have my logo finished yet, but if you guys wanna check it out, give me your input, tips?
Ya'll are the best!

Hoppy Easter from Texas!


User is Offline lazyhistoire
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4/24/2011 12:34 PM
*sigh*
Let me try that again.




User is Offline lazyhistoire
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7/10/2011 6:13 AM

Hi everyone

I'm trying to become allied with HRS. It will help me to do more and find more rabbits homes in the area (I hope) and I need three HRS members to reccommend me. All I would need are your names. I know a lot of you have been keeping up with my story about the bunnies at the "sanctuary" and I was hoping I can find some support from you guys on this for my rescue

Thanks


User is Offline Sarita
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7/11/2011 2:55 AM

Why don't you consider becoming an educator with them?

Here's the link on how to do it:

www.surveymethods.com/Preview.aspx

I did that for awhile (no longer an educator) and met alot of people on-line and learned alot from the other educators.

 


User is Offline RabbitPam
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7/13/2011 1:12 PM
I think that's what I was going to suggest, ie. do some school and organization visits to tell people the facts about rabbits and their care. You might even connect with a local dog/cat shelter as someone they can contact if a homeless bunny comes in. Definitely proceed via the HRS.
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User is Offline lazyhistoire
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7/20/2011 3:19 AM
Thanks guys! I applied as soon as I saw that comment.
How long did it take for you to hear back?
I never considered it! But now I'm really excited!!

User is Offline Sarita
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7/20/2011 3:53 AM
It's been ages since I was an educator - about 10 years ago so I really cannot remember. I don't think it should take too terribly long though.
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