Labor of Love: How to Start And Run An Animal Organization by Mary Caelsto
nonfiction, animal rescue, animal rights, how to
Release Date: 07/18/2013
Though the author has always been involved in animal rescue, it was in 1999 when she began an organization devoted to finch and softbill rescue in her local area. The organization worked with other finch fanciers across the country, and when it closed, she had rehomed more than 100 finches and had seen her educational efforts pay off locally. Whether it’s a single person taking in one animal in need of a good home or someone seeing a need and starting a rescue which then expands, Labor of Love, will walk the person through financial, structural, time, energy, and concerns about scope, mission, and vision. Additionally, it shares the stories of other rescues by showing that organizations don’t have to just rescue; they can also educate or work on behalf of animal rights.
It might be a labor of love to work with animals, but it’s one that’s needed and the special people who operate animal organizations need all the support they can get. That’s what this book is designed to do.
Eight to ten million cats and dogs enter shelters every year. (1) That’s three to four times the population of Iowa. Studies show that the average pet lover owns more than one animal.(2) In spite of that statistic, many of us want to do more.
Many people take in unwanted animals or adopt pets that others can no longer care for. We belong to clubs dedicated specifically to our chosen animals in order to network with other owners and take in unwanted animals. The statistics on unwanted pets are staggering. The Humane Society of the United States has compiled stats on dog and cat overpopulation and pet ownership, but many segments of the pet industry lack such comprehensive statistics. No one knows the number of unwanted iguanas, snakes, rabbits, or birds that may exist in our country and around the world.
Some of us go beyond taking in one or two unwanted pets. Our homes become havens for the unloved, and our family and friends look at us with dismay. “What are you going to do with all those animals?” most rescuers are asked, and they reply in various ways, but always telling people that these animals will finally get the love that they deserve.
An individual can do a lot to help the problem of overpopulation and unwanted animals, up to and including starting a rescue organization.
Want to start a rescue, but not sure where to start? Think the job might be too big, but don’t know who else is doing rescues? Looking for baby steps to take before you start your own rescue?
This book will help you with those questions, and more.