Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

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Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

Postby lilangel » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:58 pm

Ok. For those of you who run a rescue, do you have a working relationship with SPCA and Humane Societies or do you do more grass roots rescues only?

If you do partner with an SPCA or HS, what exactly does this entail?

Who pays for what?

Are animals vetted and sneutered before they get to you?

Who decides what animal goes to your organization, you or the shelter?

What legal contracts or other paperwork do you require?

Are you treated like a dumping ground by the larger orgs?


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Re: Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

Postby buckaroo » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:12 am

The only way in which we partner with our local humane society is when we use their low cost spay/neuter clinic. They treat and charge us just like anybody else though.

SPCA in our area is another private rescue just like us. We do sometimes take bottle baby kittens from them because they won't bottle feed. We have tried to partner with them for adoption events but since their adoption policies are more lenient than ours (they do spay/neuter contracts and will let them go unfixed) we usually get screwed at these events.

We sometimes pull out of our county's municipal shelter. They charge us a $5 lateral transfer fee. The animals are not speutered. We can keep our own feline leukemia/FIV tests there and they will test cats prior to when we pull them. They contact us once in a while if they have an animal they really don't want to put down or for bottle babies. We try to do what we can. Our relationship is good but I wouldn't consider it close. Our intake is set up to mainly come from the public.
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Re: Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

Postby lilangel » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:27 pm

Thanks for the feedback. If anyone else has something to add in the future, please do so. I have an open request for partnership with a county HS in event of a large scale intake like a dog fighting bust or some such and am not sure how to handle it. Maybe contacting a lawyer is best but I'm not even a 501(C)3 so that may be totally excessive. I certainly can't afford, nor do I intend to become a dumping ground for un-adoptable dogs regardless of their heartbreaking history. Maybe that sounds coldhearted but that's just the reality of caring for multiple dogs already in my care in a compassionate and thorough manner.
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Re: Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

Postby BabyReba » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:44 pm

I haven't done rescue since Doc, so it's been five years, but from memory, here's what my experience was:

Ok. For those of you who run a rescue, do you have a working relationship with SPCA and Humane Societies or do you do more grass roots rescues only?


The rescue I worked with had a pretty close relationship with a couple of shelters. One was the MDSPCA, another was the shelter in Baltimore now known as BARCS ... the shelters would sometimes call or email seeking someone to take in a dog in need, sometimes we'd go there and evaluate dogs and/or request dogs ... We also pulled the occasional dog from SPCAs in different areas, if they contacted us and said they needed help.

If you do partner with an SPCA or HS, what exactly does this entail?


Wasn't so much a partnership as it was just a working relationship with the shelters. They knew who we were, we had filled out whatever paperwork they needed, they knew we altered our dogs prior to adoptions, screened homes, knew what our application looked like, etc., so they more or less "approved" us to take pit bulls and American bulldogs from them as needed.

Who pays for what?


With two of the shelters, we paid for everything for the dog, but there was no "pull fee" to take the dog in. Dogs came to use with absolutely nothing--no shots, no HW tests, no treatment for illnesses. With one of the shelters, they vetted all dogs prior to release (altering, shots, HW test) and would charge a very modest pull fee (was $75 at the time) to cover the cost, so it was more than reasonable.

Are animals vetted and sneutered before they get to you?


See above ... not usually, but we had one shelter that did do so.

Who decides what animal goes to your organization, you or the shelter?


They would call us when they had a dog "in need of release to rescue," and we would evaluate the dog and decide if it was a dog that we could handle.

What legal contracts or other paperwork do you require?


All the shelters had legal release forms so that the dogs would legally belong to the rescue ... I can't remember there being anything else we filled out or had them fill out.

Are you treated like a dumping ground by the larger orgs?


Sometimes, yes. We often got calls for dogs with expensive medical issues or dogs with questionable temperaments or dogs that weren't "doing well" in the shelter environment or dogs that were so emaciated they were about to drop dead after a the shelter's hold period was up ... sometimes we took those dogs in ... well, often we did. Occasionally, we just didn't have the resources to do so.

But sometimes, they just called us because they had a really nice dog that they wanted to make sure had a good chance of getting a home. Tucker's litter, for instance, came from BARCS and I ended up with them because they were such nice puppies that they didn't want to have to put down for being "pit bull mixes." A stellar bunch of pups. So it could go either way, and it always depended on the shelter and who was running the rescue program there.
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Re: Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

Postby buckaroo » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:30 am

lilangel wrote:Thanks for the feedback. If anyone else has something to add in the future, please do so. I have an open request for partnership with a county HS in event of a large scale intake like a dog fighting bust or some such and am not sure how to handle it. Maybe contacting a lawyer is best but I'm not even a 501(C)3 so that may be totally excessive. I certainly can't afford, nor do I intend to become a dumping ground for un-adoptable dogs regardless of their heartbreaking history. Maybe that sounds coldhearted but that's just the reality of caring for multiple dogs already in my care in a compassionate and thorough manner.

Who is making the request, you or the HS?
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Re: Question Regarding Shelters Partnering with Rescues

Postby lilangel » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:40 pm

the HS is requesting partnership.

Babyreba thanks for the detailed reply. That gives me some good ideas.
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