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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2007, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Every since i was younger i've always wanted to open up a rescue center for dogs, cats, ferrets, and wild animals that were orphaned, but i have no idea how i would go about it. Does anyone know about that kind of thing, like the legal issues and if you need a degree in somthing like biology, zoology or any other natural science?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-06-2007, 11:17 AM
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Jay and I always say that if we win the lottery we are opening an animal rescue. I don't know how to go about it though. I am sure there would local laws about how many animals you can keep. I doubt you would need a degree in anything. Of course if you were a vet it would make thee care so much cheaper! I could never do it unless I had a lot of money. I know I wouldn't be able to turn anyone away and it would get out of hand really quickly.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-06-2007, 01:46 PM
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Once I can afford a house, I hope to rehabilitate wildlife and take in homeless animals. I'm going to college for wildlife biology, and though I don't think you need to have any kind of college degree to do that kind of stuff, it couldn't hurt! Plus taking care of all those animals will be expensive, I'll be working with animals for my job, then going home and spending all my hard earned cash on ...big surprise, animals!

I know for sure they're would be legal issues with people taking in wild animals. Then there's the issue of if your planning on rehabilitating the wildlife and releasing them, or keeping them their whole lives in captivity. You will need permits to keep wild animals. They will need to come to your house, or where ever your keeping the animals, occasionally to make sure you're caring for them properly. They are very serous about this, because wild animals can cause disease and injuries if your not careful enough.

In most states, to be able to rehibilate wild animals, you must work with a rehibilator, most of the time for no pay, in order to learn from them. This can be either a home based rehibilator, or in some sort of facility. Some states say you have to have experience working under a lisenced rehibilator for a certain amount of time, such as 1 year, before you can take care of wildlife on your own. You also sometimes have to take take a test, find a vet willing to work with you if the animals under your care need vet care, which they often will, get premission to have captive wild animals on the property your working on, get permits to be able to have certain animals, and go to at least one education program each year. You will need a permit to be able to care for wild animals, and that permit must be renewed each year. When giving out and renewing permits, they look at a lot of things, from your knowledge level, to your ability to keep good records on all animals in your care. Also, your permit will list what types of animals your allowed to care for, and if someone brings in an animal your not lisenced to take in, you have to bring it to someone else.

Anyways, thats just to give you an idea of what a pain it is to be able to take in wildlife. I plan on starting my apprenticeship as soon as I graduate.

I really don't know what's involved with keeping domestic animals, I'm sure it's alot easier. You'll probably still need permits and such I would think, mostly because of the number of animals you'll have - and I know you need to go through this whole process to be able to list your rescue as a nonprofit orginazation.

If your really serous about doing all this, maybe you could start by helping out a nearby shelter? You could take in foster's and work at the shelter to help care for and sociolize the animals. That way you'd be helping animals, and if you did decide to try to open your own rescue you would have people to talk to that might be able to help.


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i think its really nice of you to want to do this stick to your dream b/c the animals do need it badly to many people just put animals out in the street and expect them to survive we always pick the ones we see up and call the humaine society i dont know if you need a degree or about the law stuff sorry
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Hey

There was a lot for me to do, I still don't have non-profit status , ok anyways back to you . If you want to be non-profit you need to fill out a series of forms (I'll see if I can locate them for you). I agree that talking with other shelters and asking them what they had to go through, what paper work they have. What you'll charge for adoptions? what you'll do if someone brings in a dog that isn't theres but has been hit by car. Theres a lot of stuff, I got started by talking with other rat rescues and they are REALLY helpful. So maybe see if you can contact other shelters and see what they had to do as fare as legal stuff goes.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-08-2007, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Money isn't a problem considering my fiance is studying to be a cardiologist, so that is one thing that shouldn't come up hopefully.
the wildlife rehabilation, could be a problem though. Around here, most wild animals that are picked up are orphaned squirrels, and racoons and to rehabilate them would cause a lot of problems since they have to be hand fed when they are young.

Thanks for the information!

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1 Chinchilla- Lex Roxy
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And 4 ferrets- Molly, Pepper, Aphyna, and Onzyx


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