Should we become an actual rescue/transport group?

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Thanks for posting the link Shadow. :)

If this were to manifest into something your experience would be extremely helpful and appreciated. :)
 

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You know that is a good point Gem. What if we could do both? Get the recognition of being an actual rescue group yet keep things the way they are now? I mean all we need are names on paper right? People don't have to really take any official positions if they don't want them. Just be willing to sign a name so we can make it all legal. ;)

I don't mind signing all the paperwork and putting my name on everything. We also don't need really need a budget. People can just help out in whatever capacity they can.

I also mentioned that depending on costs of getting 501 status providing I had ample time to save up I will pay initial expenses to get us started as long as afterwards people would be willing to chip in what they can to help out if there are any yearly renewal expenses or anything like that?

The problem is that if we are ever audited, or sued, and we haven't done things right, we are screwed, because the corporate liability sheild might not work.
 
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Maybe it's time to think about something new . . . .

We find a way to make ourselves part of the rescue networks and work WITH the established rescues and THROUGH them. We could be more effective that way without having a cumbersome organizational structure.
 
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Maybe it's time to think about something new . . . .

We find a way to make ourselves part of the rescue networks and work WITH the established rescues and THROUGH them. We could be more effective that way without having a cumbersome organizational structure.
That's what I was thinking, Renee. Sort of something like the Dane T.R.A.I.N. does - organizes transports of danes in danger to other rescues, pulling from shelters, etc. (although I do believe that they are also a 501(c) rescue now).

We could be the doggie in danger railroad. Say we see a Briard in California, so we send out emails to all the Briard rescues in the country. We find one in Idaho that can take him in. We can pool together to pull him from the shelter, arrange transport and get him safely to the rescue who has agreed to take him in.

Obviously, having the funds to do so will be a huge part of this. And that's something that would need to be decided on - do we do a group fund such as ONE paypal account - if so, who manages it? Or do we individually sponser folks on a case by case basis. Say, member "X" was going to be doing the pulling and the first leg of the transport so that member would need $75 for the pull fee and $50 of gas....We'd need to figure out how sponsoring members would go.

I'm very up for putting ideas together on this, but it would definitely take some careful planning and lots of thought if we were to make it something "official".
 
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Shadow, we need, I think, to also come up with a way to be a reliable interface with rescues so that they'll work with us to get dogs out - like in Lizzy the Fila's case - because they know we are an honest source of good placements for dogs and not just another group of flakes, or worse, people doing nefarious things with the dogs.
 

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Perhaps email or call some reliable rescue groups, tell them what we are trying to organize and how we would go about affiliation with them?

It might not be a bad idea also to document the journey of any dog we may transport. Like in Lizzy's case. I am sure most of us have cameras. Those of us who are transporting can take pictures at each point she stops in her destination to Linda.

Maybe write a little bit about her, what she is like, where we picked her up and where her next drop off point is. Continuing until she gets down to Linda who will take pictures of her in her new home and write the final 'chapter' in Lizzy's journey home.
 
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Great idea, Bunny!

Maybe we do a thread on each of the dogs and post it down here in rescue? We could make sure to put a keyword in the title of each thread so that they would be easily searchable as well. Something unique like "Chazport."
 

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I love the picture idea!!! It will so much fun to see who helped her along the way. Kinda strange that subject should be brought up tho.

Yesterday, Ann was telling me a story of a Fila that died while staying with someone during a transport to a new owner situation over a holiday weekend. ( She had me in tears by the time she finished) She was having a few concerns about Lizzy over labor day weekend because of this incident. Anyway I told her I would email pictures to Auntie Ann, as soon as she arrived here, and would continually send her pictures through out her lifetime so she would know she was loved and ok. She loved that idea. Now, she will be able to see the trip in progess as well as at the finish line. I love you gals!

I also told her we would love to have her join Chaz, she could watch the transport thread as it progresses.
 

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Another thought with the picture thing. Right now its a bit short notice but in the future maybe we can pull together and get a digital camera that can be handed off to people in line for transport.

When the transport is complete whomever the dog goes to will hold the camera for safe keeping until/unless there is another transport underway in which case they send it to the first person in line of the upcoming transport.

This would serve two purposes.
One if someone did not have a camera there would now be one to use.

Two all the pics would be on the same camera so there would be no worries about when they would all be uploaded.
 
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Shadow, we need, I think, to also come up with a way to be a reliable interface with rescues so that they'll work with us to get dogs out - like in Lizzy the Fila's case - because they know we are an honest source of good placements for dogs and not just another group of flakes, or worse, people doing nefarious things with the dogs.
That's one of those things that just kind of comes with time. Like earning your stripes so to speak. I think the idea of documenting all of our success stories is a great idea. Sort of a resume, so to speak. I'm fairly handy with blogs, and seeing how my lame ass is still unemployed :rolleyes: I have the time to do one for us.

Also, we want to make sure that no matter how this all turns out, everyone is one the same page when a "mission" is underway. We want no burnt bridges. Word travels like WILD FIRE in rescue orgs.
 

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That's one of things that just kind of comes with time. Like earning your stripes so to speak. I think the idea of documenting all of our success stories is a great idea. Sort of a resume, so to speak. I'm fairly handy with blogs, and seeing how my lame ass is still unemployed :rolleyes: I'd be happy to do one for us.
Also if the rescues we do work with (Like Ann with Fila rescue for example) would be willing to maybe write up a small testimony about us. How did the transport go? Did we keep her updated with the progress? Would she work with us again? Things along those lines.
 
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Or, if we keep a blog, we can keep an "affiliates" section of sorts.

This would do two things -

1) Show the groups we have worked with
2) Give those groups a bit of recognition as well, and most rescues LOVE free PR.

I would be willing to coordinate a list of volunteers and what they are able to do by state. That way when we find a dog in need in "X" state, we don't have to scramble for volunteers. I can pull up the list of people in that state and send out a mass email to them. Step one of pulling the dog would be taken care of. Step two would be arranging transport, which I'd like to compile a list of volunteers willing to do travel legs.

(Sorry, not meaning to hijack the idea, just offering my assistance if needed. ;) )
 

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LOL actually you probably said what I meant to say but worded it better. :)

Coordinating a volunteer list would be very helpful. It is very sweet of you to offer to do so. :)
 
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You aren't hijacking, Shadow :) You're the one with the experience and we're going to be dependent on you.

As far as a blog goes, we could set up a separate registration here that several of us would have access to and be able to contribute to the blog. That would not only get the blogging done, it would maybe bring some of the rescue personnel to Chazhound to get to know us firsthand. Plus, this is an extremely high traffic site already ;)
 

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