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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?
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.
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
Why don't you consider becoming an educator with them?
Here's the link on how to do it:
I did that for awhile (no longer an educator) and met alot of people on-line and learned alot from the other educators.