Starting a Pet Shelter

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

There are a lot of ways for people to get involved in the pet care trade, but one of the simplest and easiest ways to enter it is to start your own pet shelter.

Shelters for pets can be done by sole individuals and by larger establishments. The task they’re set with is to care for abandoned and abused pets while larger organisations attempt to find new owners. If you are an individual doing this, it is important to remember that the pets aren’t supposed to be with you permanently, so it is important that you don’t start treating them like yours. If you don’t maintain that mindset, you could end up with dozens of pets, which wouldn’t be good.

Often times pet shelters will be established by individuals caring for specific species, such as a dog or a cat shelter. The benefits for individuals is that you only need one skill set to care for the animals and that you can choose your favourite types of pets.

Many people make their first step into sheltering animals by becoming a foster carer. These are quite similar to shelters, only the scale and organisation is considerably lower. Often times a fosterer will only care for 1-3 animals at a time.

Running a shelter is a lot like running a business, and this becomes more and more true as the scale of your operation increases. If you are only looking after 1-5 animals at a time, then chances are that you won’t have too much to do, besides establishing with the authorities that you are trustworthy. As you scale up your operations, you will need to show that you have skills in management, accounting and animal training and welfare.

If you want to run a sizeable operation, you will need to be prepared to submit yourself and your facilities to reviews. These will establish whether or not you have the skills needed to care for the animals, and whether you have built up your facilities in a way that satisfies the animals needs and can maintain their health.

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