Michigan is home to hundreds of private animal rescue groups. Most want to do the best they can for the animals they serve. Why reinvent the wheel in terms of identifying procedures, documenting policies, and developing programs? Attend this session at the 2016 Getting to the Goal conference.
Best Practices for Rescues – How Do You Measure Up? Home-based rescue organizations serve a tremendous need – especially those that collaborate with shelters to solve or remedy challenges with animals’ health or behavior issues. It is important each rescue organization operate using best practices for the animals’ well-being, as well as sound business practices. Join Jaime Wolfe from NBS Animal Rescue as she leads a panel discussion of several Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Certified home-based rescue organizations as they discuss the advantages and challenges of certification including grants for animals pulled from shelters with health or behavior issues or over the age of 7, participation in the Michigan SECC (charitable giving program for state employees), changing operations to focus only on Michigan animals, etc. Missi Bellottie, Detroit Bully Crew; Nicole Fear, Canine Companions Rescue; Jillian Kane, Furever Tails Animal Rescue; Jaime Wolfe, NBS Animal Rescue
Meet the presenters:
Missi Bellottie started rescuing canines in 2008. She moved to Lapeer MI from South Texas in 2011. In Texas, her husband Bill Bellottie operated a rescue for canines and farm animals such as horses and cattle. Upon arrival in Michigan in February of 2011, they planned to take a “break” from rescue. That didn’t last long as they saw a tremendous need for their experience in Detroit. In March of 2011 they became Detroit Bully Corps and in 2016 became a certified shelter with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Development and a Certified Rescue with Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.
Nicole Fear began fostering for Canine Companions Rescue Center (CCRC) in 2009 and specializes in harder to place and senior dogs. She worked closely with CCRC’s manager to change intake policies to concentrate on local Michigan shelters and dogs with medical needs. She is an active animal advocate and currently works for Warren Animal Control.
Jillian (Jill) Kane is a founding director of Furever Tails Animal Rescue, a foster-based, no-kill 501c3 canine and feline rescue. She has been prominent in the rescue community since 2012. She has always had a love for animals. In Dryden, where she graduated high school, she participated in the local 4-H programs and raised chickens, ducks, rabbits pigs, goats. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science but her passion has always been for helping animals. She currently resides in Oakland Township with her husband and sons in a large ranch home on 5 acres. She has taken part in rescuing more than 300 lives in only a few years. Her compassion and patience speak true for those whose voices cannot be heard.
Jaime Wolfe is the Co-Founder of NBS Animal Rescue, a Five Star Certified Rescue. She is also the Certification Coordinator for the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s Rescue Certification Program that was launched in 2012. Jaime devotes her time and energy to NBS Animal Rescue finding shelter animals who are high risk, fostering, screening adopters, and doing home visits. Her heart is with senior dogs and those needing extra medical help.
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