If you’ve ever wanted to found your own animal sanctuary and had questions, or are getting a new sanctuary up and running, The Open Sanctuary Project has information for you! This frequently-updated list can help you find relevant and critical introductory resources to review and consider.
Resources on the basics of sanctuary operation
What Defines An Animal Sanctuary? – The phrase “animal sanctuary” is surprisingly undefined and unregulated. What are we talking about here anyways?
So, You Want To Start A Farmed Animal Sanctuary – What should you think about before taking the plunge of founding your own sanctuary?
Choosing The Right Site For Your Farmed Animal Sanctuary – Location, location, location! There’s a lot to consider that could save your organization headaches and heartbreak down the road!
Determining Your Animal Sanctuary’s Capacity For Responsible Care – It’s critical that sanctuaries define how many residents they can responsibly provide care for!
Know Your Animal Sanctuary’s Zoning Rights & Restrictions – You must know what you can legally do on your sanctuary’s property so it doesn’t become an issue for your organization.
Preventing Fires At Your Animal Sanctuary – Barn fires are tragically common. How can you protect your residents and personnel?
Practical Biosecurity Measures For Animal Sanctuaries – Biosecurity is crucial to protect your residents, your staff, and your organization!
How To Create An Effective Rescue Policy For Your Animal Sanctuary– Who does your mission serve? Defining your rescue policy can go a long way in clarifying your goals and providing a path toward sustainability.
Establishing Proper Surrender Policies For Your Animal Sanctuary– If you’re taking in residents from an individual or organization, don’t forget the importance of documentation!
How To Set Up A Free And Secure Record Keeping System For Your Animal Sanctuary – If you want to go beyond paper when recording sanctuary information, here’s a free system you can customize to your liking!
Recognizing And Managing Compassion Fatigue At Your Animal Sanctuary – Rescuing and providing care for vulnerable populations carries serious risk to sanctuary workers. How can you recognize the signs of compassion fatigue before they affect your residents and organization?
Animal Care Basics
Resources on the basics of providing compassionate care for residents
How To Find Appropriate Veterinary Care For Your Animal Sanctuary’s Residents – You can’t responsibly care for animals if you don’t have adequate medical care for them!
Building And Maintaining A Good Relationship Between Your Animal Sanctuary And Veterinarians – You found a good veterinarian. How do you keep them? How can you protect the interests of your residents while they receive care?
Establishing A Safe And Effective Quarantine Policy For Your Animal Sanctuary – Quarantine is critical for the health and safety of both the residents you rescue and the humans who care for them.
The Importance Of Regular Health Examinations For Residents At Your Animal Sanctuary – Why health checkups are not an optional component of animal sanctuary operation!
Animal Sanctuary Resident Record Keeping Basics – Keeping track of your residents will lead to better care, better health outcomes, and significant organizational protections.
A species or specific breed of animal that is raised by humans for the use of their bodies or what comes from their bodies. Sanctuary Resident Shelter Temperature Considerations – What’s a safe temperature range for the species in your care?
Preventing Hardware Disease At Your Animal Sanctuary – Hardware disease can injure nearly every resident at your sanctuary. How can you prevent it?
Crafting A Compassionate Euthanasia Policy For Your Animal Sanctuary – Animal sanctuaries have a responsibility to provide a gentle conclusion for residents in addition to a comfortable life.
Saying Goodbye With Respect And Safety At Your Animal Sanctuary – What to think about and put into place before a resident passes away at your sanctuary.
Why A Farmed Animal Sanctuary Shouldn’t Breed Residents – There’s enough need for sanctuary without additional little ones.
In addition to these resources, check out our introductory animal guides here (but read our disclaimer first). Always work with qualified experts and compassionate veterinarians prior to making care decisions on behalf of your residents. Of note, check out our Responsible Care guides for each species you’re considering providing care for!
Resources to help sanctuaries run smoothly on an organizational level
How To Raise Money For Your Animal Sanctuary – Running a sanctuary is expensive! How do sanctuaries effectively fundraise while staying true to their mission?
Should Your Animal Sanctuary Be A Public Or Private Non-Profit? – How you structure your organization has significant implications down the road!
Creating A “Business Plan” For Your Animal Sanctuary – Having a well-defined and up-to-date plan is crucial for gaining support and striving toward sustainability.
Crafting An Accident Waiver For Your Animal Sanctuary – If volunteers or the public spend time at your sanctuary, an accident waiver is an important tool to protect your residents and organization.
Getting The Right Insurance Coverage For Your Animal Sanctuary – If you lack insurance, your entire organization can be put at risk from unexpected (and unfortunately common) scenarios.
How To Develop A Fundraising Plan For Your Animal Sanctuary – Providing compassionate lifelong care for animals is expensive! How can you effectively raise more to accomplish more?
Animal Sanctuary Organizational Record Keeping – Running a nonprofit generates a lot of paperwork! What do you legally have to hold onto?