How would I go about starting a shelter

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  1. ShihTzuLover62

    ShihTzuLover62 New Member

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    Hi everyone, just a quick question, does anyone know if there are any grants available for starting a shelter? Our local shelters are terrible. they refuse to go on abuse calls or help animals in need unless they are going to be on the evening news. I tried to talk to several people in our town about their dogs that were kept outside, but they wouldn't bring them in and the shelters wouldn't go talk to them and the dogs froze to death. Just last week I helped to rescue a cattle dog that had been abondoned on a farm. The people asked me if I knew anyone who would take the dog and after two days and several phone calls I found a family who was looking for a herding dog for their active fourteen year old boy. I was so glad, The boy and the dog have become best friends. Because of the lack of interest the local shelters have shown, some friends of mine have decided to try and open our shelter. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I have no advice but I commend you on being such a wonderful, caring person. I can't believe the shelters can be so insensitive. I hope that you do find funding. I really hope you are going to be a no-kill shelter, right?
     
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    Instead of opening a shelter, have you thought about fostering dogs? You can foster dogs while finding them a forever home. It would help the local shelters out, and you'd be helping the dogs too. I foster for a border collie rescue. It's a lot of fun, and the dogs get homes.
     
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    Noahs Arc started out as a network of people fostering animals. I'm not sure, but I think that's still the way they do it.
     
  6. ShihTzuLover62

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    Thanks everybody for all the advice. I have thought about fostering, but there is one small problem, my husband and I get attached very quickly and we would wind up keeping every dog we took in. We have kept a few dogs for friends and family when they go on vacation and it has been very hard for us to let them go when their owners get back from vacation, so I know we would wind up keeping every foster we took in. Our Toby was a rescue, we got a call from a friend who told me about him and the fact they needed a new home, he was only three months old, and my husband had me call her right back and say we would be right over. I am so glad he loves them as much as I do. I will keep you posted on how my friends and I are doing with getting the shelter started and it will definately be a no-kill shelter, is there any other kind.
     
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    there is an article in Paw Prints about a shelter/resue that a couple started...i will find the issue number later this afternoon. They have poured so much of their own money in it as well as the donations that are a constant effort to keep coming. If your shelter does take hold, I wish you all the luck in the world. To open yourself up for so much heartbreak and work is beyond ambitious, i think it is couragous. Just think of all the tail wagging going on in heaven when you think about it.
     
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    I guess I don't see it as the big a challenge, outside of getting the funds necessary to start the shelter, because I have been involved in helping rescue stray and injured animals since I was a little girl. My parents at first tried to get me to stay away from stray dogs for fear I would get hurt, but eventually they realized I wasn't about to change. I feel that more people need to take a stand for the animals and small children who can't speak for themselves. I will keep you posted on things progress.
     
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    ok I found my paper..it is called Paw Prints kansas city
    "all Sorts of Stuf about all kinds of pets"
    this is volume 2 issue 2 the article is called "the gods must be M'ShOOGY"
    you can e-mail them at info@mshoogy's.com
    or www.mshoogy's.com
    even if your not opening a shelter this is an incredible read.
    also Connie Guthrie at Save_our_strays_.com started out for reasons a lot like yours i believe and i am sure she would be happy to tell you her tale of how she got going and what the work up is. She is the reason Victor is still alive, along with a hundred or so more.
     

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