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How to Rescue Pets

If you've seen too many dogs and cats abandoned and alone, this guide will help you save those lost pets from dire conditions.


  • Step 1: Apply for a grant. The ASPCA and American Human Association have money available to help spay and neuter pets and provide for vaccinations.
  • Step 2: Talk to Animal Control officers and local vets to let them know of your operation and desire to help. Afterward, set to work rescuing those neglected animals in need.
  • FACT: In 2005, over 250,000 pets were abandoned when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
  • TIP: Be patient -- it may take a year or two to get fully operational as an animal shelter.
  • Step 3: Start your own shelter or pet rescue operation by recruiting business-minded friends, founding a board of directors, and registering as a non-profit business.
  • Step 4: Take a training workshop or class through the ASPCA or Humane Society to get certified as a pet rescuer.
  • TIP: Most volunteer-run animal rescue programs don't require a degree or prior experience.
  • Step 5: Collect and fill out the required paperwork to become either a pet rescue volunteer or an official pet rescue agent through your local animal shelter.
  • Step 6: Volunteer at a local animal shelter to gain valuable experience working with animals and administrating needed first-aid care.

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