Field work for animal protection requires a great deal of knowledge, training, and understanding. The listings found here can provide you with new resources for your toolkit.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
While it hasn't always had the prettiest history, the animal control field has become far more professional, progressive, and humane over the years.
Progressive agencies are changing the way animal control does business, reconciling the need to protect the public with the goal of saving animals' lives.
Every day, animal control officers face unpredictable situations with limited knowledge, stepping onto unknown turf where they may encounter a dangerous animal or -- more likely -- an angry member of the public. What can they do to protect themselves?
Meet an animal control officer in Alabama who single-handedly picks up strays, houses animals, and runs an adoption program on a budget of $3,000 a year.
Animal control license plates help spread humane messages.
HSUS Urban Wildlife Program Director John Hadidian considers the role animal shelters might play in humanely resolving conflicts between people and wildlife living in their communities.
In one of her famous "Just Wright" columns printed in the early editions of this magazine, former HSUS Vice President Phyllis Wright advised animal control officers and others in the field to be choosy in their selection of equipment. "When new products are brought to your attention, always evaluate them from the animals' point of view," she wrote. And around the country, animal-minded ACOs like Officer Jones of Studly County have been doing just that for decades now'trying to get inside the brains of the species they shelter and protect.
For East Coast agencies that want their officers to receive excellent training but don't have the budget to send them to conferences all over the country, a new educational resource will provide an opportunity for learning without the drawbacks of long-distance travel.
Use the equipment list, new officer training checklist and body armor policy from the Humane Society of Carroll County in Maryland for your field services staff.
Policies & Programs
With a network of regional offices and a nationwide response team, The Humane Society of the United States can provide shelter professionals and other local authorities with the expertise, leadership, and other tools necessary to coordinate animal response activities during a disaster.
The HSUS' Dogfighting Rescue Coalition is dedicated to giving every dog rescued from dogfighting busts a chance at a new life. They depend on shelters and rescue groups who are willing to partner with them and take these dogs into their programs and find proper placements for them.
The HSUS Wild Neighbors program seeks to raise public awareness and understanding about urban wildlife and to promote humane resolution of human-wildlife conflicts. The program features a variety of educational resources for citizens and for the local animal groups to which citizens often turn for advice.
The Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) Scales were developed in 1997 by Dr. Gary Patronek, with assistance from Lori Donley, MS '97, the Fort Wayne Dept. of Animal Care and Control, and the Law Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help cruelty investigators and veterinarians assess cases of animal abuse or neglect that are primarily related to husbandry, as opposed to deliberate acts of cruelty.
Check out Dr. Mark Johnson's blog about using the Y pole to work with feral or fractious dogs.
This guide examines the use of remote-delivered chemical compounds for restraining and capturing stray, fractious and feral animals. It includes guidelines for training, equipment, procedures and drugs, as well as a bibliography and list of suppliers.
- Abuse & Neglect
- Animal Care & Handling
- Animal Fighting
- Chaining & Tethering
- Client/Customer Service
- Community Outreach
- Disaster Preparedness & Response
- Law Enforcement
- Laws, Legal Matters, & Regulations
- Lost & Found
- Safety, Staff
- State Animal Control Associations & Humane Federations
- Wildlife & Exotic Animals