Post by CNF Rescue on Nov 17, 2012 18:07:00 GMT -5
You can submit your name to local animal shelters/aspcas/rescues/vets stating you are a chinchilla rescue and can offer that or foster (if you'd like) if they ever recieve a chinchilla. You can also post an ad on Craigslist and kijjiji stating you are a rescue that can take them in as well?
Get some quotes from your exotic vet on what common treatments could cost you. (heatstroke, open wounds, c-sections, etc) my vet is always happy to give a ballpark figure. I'm sure it would help in determining how much to put aside.
Taking in rescues doesnt mean every chin is going to have its eye dangling out. Some may just have emotional trauma or aggression issues from being treated badly. (sadly a vet visit can't fix that) That or they may need a new home and the owners just don't want them going to a bad home/don't have time to look themselves.
I'm pulling this from the chinchillas I've taken in and also with experience at the shelter. I'm sure you could contact a rescue of any species and ask how they would go about rescue/rehoming and see what general advice they could give you on running one.
Jean it is loving and admirable of you to think about starting a rescue.
Though you all know I am proud of the member rescues here because of my work with the ASPCA,. humane society and my albums I have come to be friendly, sometimes work with hundreds of rescues. My music alone is featured by more than 50 rescues now , from chimpanzee rescue to small ...mom and pop rescues that house 5 birds.
Having run a store as you do ... you already know you will need to figure in many factors. 1. how many animals can you house and still give them space, and out of the cage/enclosure time. 2. Is your house, apartment, condo.. zoned for this business? ( Ive seen at least 10 rescues shut down) Do you have money for the deposit for repairs that will be needed from banging cages into walls to chewed carpet 3. Who and where will your 24 hour vet be? Will they be willing to come to you? I have found that one really important 4. A rescuer at the ASPCA told me to make a worst case scenario sheet all the animals are unwell one day ...can you afford care for all if not...the person told me do,..not start a rescue 5. realize that advertising on facebook and twitter costs money your friends will like all day., and even morally support you but when it comes to receiving funds from them...many will be hard to find ( I must say my FB friends are very generous and charitable) 6. Can you emotionally handle illness of animals,. deaths of animals in your care... can you afford burial? cremation? necropsy? 7. You will need funds to legally register it and down the road lots of prep if you decide to go 501 8. Who are you going to have volunteer? employ? will you have to feed them, pay them? pay their health insurance? have liabilty?
these are just a few things ... At one time I too considered this and someday when Im rolling in money and am retired from a busy music career I still may fulfil the plan I had... to have a chinchilla rescue housed in a museum and educational center about them
I wish you good luck Jean with life and this lofty goal