Starting a cat rescue sanctuary requires considerable planning. To get started, an ample amount of space, money and time is needed to properly care for all animals that come into the sanctuary. In some areas, it may be necessary to have a legal permit to house and shelter rescue animals.
Ideally, a cat rescue shelter should sit on land that is owned outright, instead of leased, allowing the sanctuary to remain in one spot. Keep in mind that cats need space to roam, play and sleep. Each rescued cat requires individual medical care, including medications and vaccinations. Animals coming into shelter situations have all sorts of diseases, illnesses and injuries that require the attention of a veterinarian. In addition, a cat sanctuary should arrange with a veterinary clinic to spay and neuter the cats. Obtaining low-cost veterinary care is a necessity. In addition, the sanctuary needs a constant supply of high-quality cat food that meets the standard nutritional needs of young and older cats.
Legally, it is a good idea to set up a cat sanctuary as a non-profit entity. This way, the shelter can receive donations for food, supplies and services needed to care for rescued animals. Non-profit incorporated status also protects a sanctuary owner's personal finances. Insurance coverage is needed to protect against potential injury lawsuits.