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?
After more than two decades in the trenches at Alachua County Animal Services in Gainesville, Florida, John Snyder "crossed over" to work for The Humane Society of the United States. But he's not on the "dark side"'he's on everybody's side, doing what he can to help both public and private agencies get the respect and resources they need from their communities.
Developed by Kate Pullen when she was the director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in Virginia, the card was designed to thank people who care enough to pick up strays and deliver them to the shelter.
If you've ever wondered how the public sees your organization, or if you've gotten the sense that your staff may need additional training in client service, a survey is a great tool to help pinpoint where your agency excels and where it could use some improvement. This sample survey from the field services division of the Fort Worth Public Health Department in Texas, which oversees the city's animal care and control, is a great template for developing a questionnaire specific to your agency's needs.
Law enforcement officers who need to learn more about investigating cruelty cases will find a new training video a valuable tool.
A long-time animal control supervisor provides tips on how to finagle funds from municipal financiers.
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