- 1). Volunteer with a rescue group. Learn the ropes with an established rescue, preferably one that specializes in toy breeds. Take part in a variety of activities and perform a wide range of duties. Learn about fostering dogs, the adoption process, finances, and fundraising and internet adoptions.
- 2). Meet with professionals. The accountant will set up your books and provide information about taxes. The attorney will provide advice about corporate filings, whether to file for federal not for profit status 501(c)(3), liability and contract issues. The veterinarian that you choose should be aware of the health issues facing toy dogs. Learn about necessary vaccinations, parasite control, and dental issues, spay, and neuter. Ask for a reduced rate because medical costs will make up the majority of the adoption fee that your rescue charges.
- 3). Join petfinder.com or another internet shelter portal. These organizations provide a free web page and space to upload photos, videos and descriptions of adoptable pets. Join Best Friends Animal Society Network for Iowa. This network of animal lovers targets volunteers and fundraising resources to animals in need throughout Iowa.
- 4). Prepare an information package for area animal shelters. Animal shelters work with established rescue groups or new ones that they are comfortable with. Give the shelter management information that will reassure them that your group is legitimate. Provide contact information including cell phones, email and home phones for any group members allowed to pull animals from the shelter. Provide a vet reference and details about the type of dogs that your group can handle.
- 5). Prepare and distribute a press release to local newspapers and radio stations. In three short paragraphs, describe the services that your rescue offers, how to contact the rescue if someone has a toy poodle to rehome or would like to adopt.