Working with Rescue Groups to Save More Lives

Webinar presented by:

- Christa Chadwick, CAWA, Senior Director, Animal Stats Database, ASPCA
- Staycee Dains, Shelter Operations Supervisor, City of San Jose Animal Care and Control Services

Collaborating with rescue groups saves more lives but can be tricky and requires careful planning and conscientious execution. One of the key ingredients in determining success is community engagement, and your community includes other animal welfare groups.  This webinar will help you plan a strategy for working efficiently and effectively with your community rescue groups.  Find out how the City of San Jose (CA) created and manages a very successful rescue program with over 80 rescue groups.

Top Tips from This Webinar

Agree to Disagree
Philosophical differences don?t have to have to make collaboration impossible if you talk through differences (you may find some of your assumptions to be incorrect), find common ground, and agree to always be respectful of each other.

This Way or That Way?
Decide whether you will transfer animals out to groups better able to find them homes, transfer animals in when you are better able to find them homes — or both.

Make it a Two-Way Street
Make sure there's something in it for the rescues. You might offer to assess, microchip and/or spay/neuter all animals before transfer; promote their animals, or give them regular shout-outs on the Challenge site.

Stay Organized
Work with rescue partners to develop solid agreements for working together (which animals will be available for transfer, how they will be notified, what days animals can be transferred, what services you will provide, etc.) and put one person in charge so partners always have someone to go to and get consistent information.

Who Needs it Most?
Check your data to know which animals in your shelter are most at risk (i.e. pit bulls, feline leukemia cats, heartworm-positive dogs) and look for rescue partners most able to find homes for those animals.