I'm curious about how the exchange of animals works with rescues and shelters. I'm in the early stages of starting a rescue of myself as the humane society in my area is a joke but I can still care for a few animals in my own home for now. I would like to find those who would be put to sleep and take them in but I can't afford to pay their ever rising prices (and feed and vet and blah blah) and I'm sure other groups can't either so how does this work?
A lot of it is donations and fund raising ... I help out at the local rescue a lot and with the costs for everything handling it out of pocket can be pricey ... a lot of it does come out koda pocket but the donations and fundraising help a lot
I think that's something you're going to have to talk to the humane society about. How shelters handle pulls to other shelters depends on their individual polices. Some of them will allow other certified shelters/rescues to take animals that are on the euth list for free, while other places will require the rescue to pay the animal's adoption fee before taking them.
If your rescue is not a certified nonprofit or anything like that yet, then I would guess that if they even allow you to take animals from them, that they'd require you to pay the fee. You'd probably have a better chance of being able to pull animals for free once your rescue is more official. But I'd worry about how you are going to pay to care for these animals if you can't afford adoption fees. Around here, at least, it's much harder for rescues who have not done the paperwork to become official rescues yet to collect donations.
If you want to help animals in your home but can't afford vet bills and fees, have you considered asking the humane society or another local shelter if they have a foster program? Usually with a foster program the animal(s) live in your home and you care for them until they are adopted, but the rescue they are associated with pays for the animals care - things like vet bills and food.
I'm sorry if I'm not being clear. A good example of what I'm talking about was on Nat Geo Wild's special The Lady with 700 Cats. If you haven't seen it, it’s about a woman who has a sanctuary and rescue for cats. In one scene she goes to the local humane society and takes something like 15 animals from the humane society to her own facility to either live there or to be adopted from her not the humane society since she won't put them to sleep. I'm wondering about that exchange between the two organizations. Did she pay the 60+ dollars per cat and 100 per dog? Another example is on some of those Animal Cop shows. I believe the one in San Francisco is not an SPCA so they don't really have a shelter. Two women from another group came to take some puppies to bring to their own shelter. Did they pay for all four of them? At my local shelter that would be 400 dollars. Another woman took a dog who had been hit by a car and that no one wanted so he was going to be put to sleep. Did she pay for him? She will turn around and adopt him out when he's ready so I wouldn't think so. Does that make any since?
I realize this is really a late post, but from personal experience, the rescues I've worked with had to pay a fee to the shelter to obtain the dog(s). The fee usually covered the shots & spay/neuter of the animal (if they did that) and other transportation costs. But there are cases where the shelters would release the dog to the rescues without cost. Just depends on the shelter and how well they know you/the rescue.