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Advice for those who want to open a sanctuary for homeless cats

Advice for those who want to open a sanctuary for homeless cats

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  • “How do I Open a Center Like Tabby's Place?”
    Jonathan Rosenberg
    Founder & Executive Director
    Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary
    www.tabbysplace.org
  • Introduction
    At least once/week I am asked
    I created this presentation to answer the questions.
    “How do I open a center like Tabby's Place?”
  • Rephrasing Question
    I am rephrasing question
    This is what people are really asking
    “How can I do as much as possible to help cats?”
  • Tabby’s Place Factoids
    Idea: April 1999
    Opened: October 2003
    Permitting & engineering: 3 years
    Construction & final permitting: 1.5 years
    7,000 square feet
    Costs
    Construction: $1.2M
    Equipment: $125K
    Annual budget: $600K
  • A Non-profit Animal Shelter is a Business
    Why businesses fail:
    Started for wrong reasons*
    Poor management
    Insufficient capital ($)
    A business will burn money:
    Especially in early years
    *Not a problem for you. Starting for “passion” is a good reason.
  • Rules #1 - #3
    Don’t get in over your head
    Don’t get in over your head
    Don’t get in over your head
    Corollaries:
    always ends badly
    you do more good by not going under
  • Rule #4
    Have resources up front
    Enough to build & operate for >= 5 years
    Corollary: you can’t raise money for a non-profit with only an idea.
  • Rule #5
    Take honest inventory of resources on hand:
    Money
    Time
    Expertise
    business
    management
    Internet
  • Rule #6
    Double your time & cost estimates
    X2
  • “So, what can I do?
    Money is limiting factor
  • Questions?
    Please feel free to contact me with comments or questions:
    jr@tabbysplace.org
    908-237-5300 x226
  • Conclusions
    Passion is necessary
    But it is not enough
    You can make a difference:
    Be realistic
    Join with others
    Help the cats