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TEN STEPS TO STARTING A RESCUE OR SANCTUARY

So you want to start a rescue/sanctuary for pet pigs. You have one or two and you see the need and of course you love pigs. But is that enough? Please read and answer the questions and then go one step further and talk them all over with a rescue/sanctuary already established.

1. Can you set a realistic number and then say no when the time comes and you have reached that number? Do you have the property and how many will it realistically hold?

2. Have you realistically counted the cost? Do you know what the cost per pig per year is that you have? Now multiply that by the number you have set for yourself to take in?

3. Are you ready to give up vacations and yes, even family time for the pigs that now count you as family?

4. Do you have a vet? Is your vet willing to work with you on a one to one basis with each of your pigs or other animals? Count the cost?

5. Do you have a realistically useful barn/shelter? How about fencing and pens. Have you thought about quarantine and what your state law says about that quarantine pen? Like how many feet it has to be away from the other animals you have?

6. You need to develop organizational skills and you can begin to do that by establishing a non profit organization. You need to check what your zoning is now and for the future. Form a board of directors that will work with you and keep you on target helping the animals. Sit down and think it over and put together a business plan to make it work, not only now but in the future of your sanctuary/rescue. You will need to develop a fund raising plan and a plan to draw in volunteers. Seek out people who can help you develop a marketing plan. Don't think for a minute that running a sanctuary is not a business. It is. Once you have done this, you are just ready to start.

7. What happens in the future if you get sick or die? These are things you need to think about and then put it in writing and or in a will to see they are carried out. Also how to dissolve your sanctuary/rescue legally.

8. If this is to much then begin by volunteering at a rescue/sanctuary. Many things you can do for one even if you don't live close to them. You can develop a fund raising idea and follow through on it to help them help the animals in their care. Solicit sponsors for them and each pig or animal they have. Help develop resources for your local AC or humane society to care for pigs; Most are not set up or even know how to set up for a potbellied pig they may get in

9. Don't be a loner. Develop friendships with other known rescues/sanctuaries. Get to know them and don't be afraid to ask questions about what you're doing or plan on doing?

10. Many people are more or less loners and that is ok. Doesn't mean you have to be a 501(c)3 non profit. You can be a private one. But go ahead and make friends with other rescues/sanctuaries so that you can ask and get advise when you need it.

If you have thought about all this and counted the cost and you have talked it all over with someone, then you might be on the right track. How can we help?

 

 
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