It often starts with a whisper, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had our own salvation?” At least that’s how it started for us.
We were a handful of volunteers at a high kill shelter. Like so many volunteers at so many animal shelters around the country, we were delighted when dogs were adopted and were flattened when they were euthanized for no apparent reason. We knew there had to be a better way. But could we find out what it was? One day we decided it was worth a try and took the plunge.
That was in 2014. It started with a few people with a common idea who sat around a table and talked about it for more than four hours. It wasn’t particularly glamorous, but it was exciting and empowering and sometimes controversial. Get a group of people in a room to discuss a topic that is so passionate about and based on what my friends and I learned from setting up and running the DogsHome rescue three years ago. Here are our six golden rules for starting your own rescue.
Golden Rule # 1: Decide how you want to be different.