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    12-02-2012, 04:43 PM
Question help with setting up horse rescue

I need help finding a name for my horse rescue... I also need help figuring out if I want it to be an all horse rescue or if I want it to be mainly American Saddlebreds... what do you guys think?
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    12-02-2012, 05:03 PM
Are you applying for a 501(c)3?
    12-02-2012, 05:06 PM
I am not sure yet... I am just getting plans together im hoping to start everything in a couple of years or so
    12-02-2012, 05:08 PM
I am not good with names
But welcome to the horse forums
Nice to meet you
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    12-02-2012, 05:09 PM
Thanks nice to meet you too :)
    12-02-2012, 05:12 PM
That is awesome you want to do this for these horses
    12-02-2012, 05:15 PM
Ya I am actually in college studying equine management so I can open and run one better :)
    12-02-2012, 06:27 PM
Does anyone know what I should do to get started? I really need help
    12-02-2012, 06:31 PM
Your best bet is to speak with an already established, reputable, 501(c)3 rescue. If you're not going to get a 501(c)3, then what you're planning on doing is nothing more than a hobby. If it's a hobby, then you shouldn't ask people for donations.
    12-02-2012, 06:42 PM
First, a 501(c)(3) is a good thing to look into if you're looking to be non-profit and rely on donations and your own funding. Most reputable rescues have a 501. You can talk to owners of other reputable rescues to ask how they got started and if they have any advice for you - Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

If you plan on starting this a few years in the future, I would plan for facilities. Are the horses going to be kept on one property belonging solely to the organization? Are you going to allow horses to be fostered on outside properties (in this event you would have to be careful for people trying to steal horses if there is no valid legal paperwork documenting that the horses are currently the property of your organization and not the farm they are staying on)? Will you be able to afford full care for multiple horses if you receive few to no 'sponsorship' donations, especially horses that may have special dietary or other special needs? What about possible emergency vet visits if something happens? Will you have volunteer staff? Will the horses (that are able to be worked with) receive training/exercise/riding while in the care of your organization?

Definitely not trying to be a downer. I think these are things that are important and must be thoroughly thought about.
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