With colder weather coming soon. If you have a hobby like knitting, crocheting or tailoring or quilting. Many people have become homeless due to the pandemic. They’ll need Scarves, hats, gloves, blankets and warm clothing.
They’re struggling to provide for themselves and family.
Help them by making these items and donating to Goodwill, Salvation Army, food pantries. Or directly to the homeless shelters in your areas.
There are tons of free crocheting, knitting, tailoring and quilting patterns on the web and Pinterest and Even Instagram.
When donating food it must be shelf stable. Something that will last awhile. Non-perishables.
There are several codes of conduct for Ethical Rescuing, while running an Ethical Organisation. If a founder or CEO or even a Volunteer cannot adhere to the codes of conduct enacted to make the ship sale straight. Well, then you have people who poke, prod and dig into the situation to expose the corruption. Organisations and Rescues like businesses place a code of ethics to ensure the quality of life for the animals while ensuring that all funds collected is used appropriately, such as used for the intended beneficiary. These codes of ethics help improve relationships between donor and rescue or organisation.
Not only this yet those who are fully registered and compliant with the IRS, USDA or their Gift Aid Certificate agent, are obliged to follow the handbook and contract given to them upon finalization of their paperwork. Ethical Organisations – Are always required to show their financial status when it is requested by the populace either through posting receipts and yearly statements publicly or privately. This in a way shows good faith to those whom are donating, if you ask for proof of where money has gone and all the organisation can do is give you a backhanded response while blocking you. Then there is seriously something wrong.
They are also responsible for the financials obtained through donations, are responsible for their paperwork and the ethics their accountant may hold. Organisations are completely liable if something should go awry. That includes the responsibility and liability of a volunteers muck up in public forum.
Organisations are solely responsible for maintaining a sound environment for their volunteers and or animals in their care. They are responsible to VET their volunteers, meaning are supposed to do background checks before allowing any volunteer to be a part of their organisation. After all, you wouldn’t want an animal abuser working with an organisation or even shelter.
Rescue Organisations: Are required to have any companion animal spayed and neutered upon intake and or before adopting out. An Ethical Rescue Organisation SHOULD NOT take in more animals if said Rescue Organisation cannot afford to fix, feed or maintain the animals care. All potential adopters and or fosters should be thoroughly screened by way of applications, veterinarian references and most definite must – Home Checks. This includes speaking with property owners if said potential foster/adopter is renting. Doing so will ensure that the particular companion animal in question is allowed in the apartment or housing development.
All adopters and or fosters should be handed a contract to sign, insuring pet safety and care. For legal purposes; if said foster or adopter should fail to uphold these rules, than the rescue organisation can obtain the animal back if such issues occur. This is called Rescue Etiquette and Responsibility for the code of ethics (Common Sense).
Rescues need to know their financial and emotional limits so they do not take on more than they can handle. It is unethical to take on an animal you do not have the funds to provide proper veterinary care, even in the case of an emergency. Reputable rescues should have a reserve fund and/or a relationship with a veterinarian that will allow them to hold a balance for an emergency. Balances should be paid off in a timely matter, so that the rescue does not lose their relationship with their veterinarian.
A rescue license should be used for the rescue listed on the license only. In most states, including GA, it is illegal to allow an individual or unlicensed group to use your rescue license to pull an animal from a county shelter. The practice of allowing people to use your license defeats the purpose of a licensing system.
Rescues should not be run for profit. All rescues should be incorporated and it’s ideal if they obtain non-profit 501(c)3 status so that donations are tax deductible. It is very unethical to lie about being a 501(c)3. Seeing as if your are NOT fully 501c3 the donors cannot claim TAX DEDUCTIBLE status. However, if you are a pending 501c3 you are required to give the donor said information.
Animals should be kept in clean, comfortable conditions with ample room to move around and access to fresh water and food. Animals should be provided with human interaction and dogs given potty breaks. The conditions should be better than animal control, which is only a temporary holding facility. It is important those animals’ emotional needs are met and that they get plenty of human interaction so that the rescue can give useful information to adopters about the animals’ temperament. Animals should not be living in a cage/kennel 24/7 as this can cause distress and aggression.
Disease outbreaks should be taken very seriously and reported to a licensed veterinarian for the proper protocol. All animals exposed or in the same home, need to be quarantined. Intake of new animals should be stopped until the outbreak is completely cleared and until the veterinarian deems safe to bring in new animals. (After All, we would not want another Fort Worth Texas shelter episode. Would we?
Rescues need to know when an animal is better off being humanely put down. Every rescuer needs to understand we cannot save them all in order to be a responsible rescuer. No one wants to have an animal euthanized, but sometimes it has to be done. If an animal is suffering for medical reasons and cannot be treated, a veterinarian should humanely euthanize said animal. If the animal seems human aggressive then there should be steps taken to retrain/rehabilitate the animal. Otherwise if said animal cannot be retrained/rehabilitated then and only then should euthanasia be considered, if all routes have been taken. Euthanasia is a LAST resort.
Rescues need to evaluate animals before taking them in to make sure they are a good candidate for adoption. Taking in non-adoptable animals leads to warehousing and/or hoarding of animals, which is no life for the animals. They also need to examine the animal and take in to account any possible health issues and determine if they have appropriate funds to care for the animal. Pulling animal’s sight unseen is irresponsible.
Rescues should always be honest and upfront to adopters about an animal’s temperament, health, and if they have any issues. This will help prevent returned animals. Rescues should also be honest about common issues with certain breeds. Breed specific rescues should provide even more honest information about their breed. A rescue is better off talking someone out of adopting a dog rather than talking them into it in order to prevent an animal being returned.
A rescue should always respond to adopters if they have questions about the dog they adopted. The rescue should offer guidance and resources to help the adopter if they are having difficulties with their new pet. If the adopter no longer wants the pet, the rescue should take the pet back. If they do not have room for the pet, they need to stop taking in more animals until they can take the returned animal back.
Rescues should not rely on boarding to house the pets in their care. It is understandable if a rescue has to board animals every once in awhile because of unforeseen circumstances, but in the meantime, they should not be taking on anymore animals until they no longer have animals in boarding. Even with a discount, boarding fees can add up quickly and drain a rescues fund. Also, animals kept in boarding for long periods of time tend to decline emotionally and develop temperament and even health issues. Rescues need to keep organized records of each animal they take in. These records should include their intake paperwork, spay/neuter record, rabies certificate, vaccine history, any other medical records, adoption application, and adoption contract.
Most rescues rely on foster homes. Foster homes should be screened through an application and a home inspection. They need to be near the rescue because it’s vital that the rescue be able to check in on them regularly. Rescues should offer full support for their foster homes, including providing all supplies, vetting, and advice. Foster homes should also foster for only one rescue at a time.
Puppies and kittens should not be adopted out until they spayed/neutered and are at least 8 weeks old. It is illegal in most states to adopt out or sell a puppy or kitten before this age.
If a rescue has to suddenly get rid of the majority of animals in their care and/or has to reach out to the rescue community to take the animals in their care, it is irresponsible and unethical for them to continue to take on more animals. After they have adopted and/or transferred out all the animals in their care, they should respectfully shut their doors.
All in All if rescues or organisations are not keeping up to code, protocol or following specific guidelines set forth for them. Then most likely they’re a dirty corrupt organisation and FAIL to uphold common sense standards.
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