One Horse At a Time, Inc.
FOB Questionnaire for Rescue and Sanctuary Officials
Notice to Question Responders:
The FOBs have developed these questions as a way of getting to know the rescues through information pertaining to business and operating practices. Completion of the questions is not required or necessary in order to request and receive funding. However, it is suggested that you do so as individual ABR donors may use the questions as a determining factor regarding their support. Questions are to be addressed only by the person with legal authority to represent the rescue or (in cases of unincorporated rescues) the owner. Supporters and/or volunteers should not address the questions. Answer all questions. Failure to answer all questions could result in a negative perception of the management and operation of the rescue. By answering the questions on your rescue’s WIKI, you are attesting that all information provided by you is absolutely true and correct to the best of your knowledge. The person responding to these questions has the obligation to amend any and all responses that are no longer correct based on changes in business and/or operating processes. Questionnaire (33 Questions)
1. As the person completing this questionnaire, what is your position with regard to the rescue?
2. Is the rescue incorporated? If so, do you have the legal authority to speak for the Board of Directors? Who are the members of the Board of Directors (please provide an email or other contact information; if your website provides this information, please identify your website URL in this answer) (Note: The names of the Board of Directors for incorporated businesses may be validated by calling the office of the Secretary of State.)
3. Is the rescue a 501 c 3 IRS rescue? When was this exemption granted? If the exemption has not been granted, when did the rescue commence the application process?
4. What is the physical address of the rescue (Note: Satellite views of most, but not all, locations are available at www.googleearth.com)?
5. What is the legal nature of the property upon which the rescue animals reside (personal property, property of the corporation, rented property, other as described.) How many foster facilities are associated with the rescue?
6. Is the facility a rescue, sanctuary or both?
7. At the time of this questionnaire, how many equines reside at the rescue and any foster facilities associated with the rescue?
8. What is the date on which the rescue or sanctuary took in the first animal and since that date, how many have been adopted out or officially transferred to another rescue?
9. What is the primary source of financial resources which pay for the maintenance and emergency needs of the rescue’s equine residents? What is the source of any supplemental funding (please separate local fundraising, ABR fundraising and any other internet fundraising such as Facebook)? Approximately what percentage does each source make up for the total funding of the rescue?
10. What percentage of your budget do you spend on each of the following: bail; feed. hay and supplements; veterinarian; farrier; land (purchased or rented); maintenance of facility (equipment and structures.)
11. Who physically provides for the care of the rescue’s equines? Is there an attendant at the rescue 24/7? During an emergency affecting the primary caretaker(s) , who would provide care for the animals.
12. What information is discussed with the Board of Directors and at what intervals do you have meetings.
13. How many volunteers do you have and what is the nature of duties they perform? How often are you assisted by volunteers?
14. Who is your primary veterinarian? Is he/she available as a reference?
15. Who is your farrier? Is he/she available as a reference?
16. Where do you shop for grain? Who is the manager? Is he/she available as a reference?
17. What is your primary source of hay?
18. Describe what the status of the animals would be if the primary caretaker(s) became suddenly unable to provide care for both the short-term and long-term?
19. What is your procedure for adopting animals (please discuss your pre-adoption and post-adoption processes.)
20. Once an equine is at the new home, how do you approach follow-up of the animal?
21. Do you have an adoption contract? If so, how is the subject of breeding handled?
22. Once an animal is taken into the rescue, how is its level of training evaluated?
23. What is the rescue’s program for basic ground training of equines that have that initial level of need?
24. What is the rescue’s program for starting horses that have that level of need (please include at what age you would start an individual horse.)
25. What is the rescue’s program for the retraining of horses to make them more adoptable because their present training level is not conducive to adoption (e.g., the OTTB who needs to be training for another activity?)
26. What is your experience with regard to initial training and retraining of horses and other equines that serves to support that you possess the ability to be successful with such activities?
27. What is the rescue’s program for the retraining of horses that exhibit traits likely brought on by improper training?
28. How does the leadership of the rescue approach end-of-life decision for the equine residents (please discuss the circumstances for which such decisions would be necessary and what life-ending procedure(s) would be utilized?)
29. Would the rescue’s leadership and/or caretaker(s) consider shipping to slaughter as a possible life-ending method?
30. Are you open to a request from donors for pictures and/or other information about a rescue animal that has received funding via ABR?
31. What ABR members have you personally requested to assist with fundraising posting (please name them by ABR call name.)
32. Do these ABR volunteers have their own WIKIs (if not, please ensure that they secure them.)
33. This questionnaire is entirely voluntary but could have bearing on decisions made by donors to provide the rescue with financial support or not. Given this reality, is there any additional information you would like to provide to heighten a positive perception of your