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?
Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) Scales for Assessing Body Condition, Weather and Environmental Safety, and Physical Care in Dogs
These body condition scales were designed to help animal control officers, cruelty investigators, veterinarians, and others more accurately determine the condition of a potentially neglected dog.
A simple postcard used by the Houston SPCA helps keep animal cruelty complainants in the loop.
The net is one of the oldest animal-handling tools and it remains one of the best. It is the most humane and effective tool for capturing cats and many wild animals.
Most animal control officers consider the control pole one of the most valuable tools of the trade. But like a carpenter's hammer or drill, a control pole is only as effective as the person holding it in his or her hands.
A California humane society's proactive outreach program helps owners improve the lives of their neglected pets.
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