Use these protocols and recommendations to assess your standard practices, and then implement improvements to ensure that every animal is afforded the "five freedoms" outlined in the ASV Shelter Guidelines.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
Sometimes sweating the small stuff can be a good thing'especially when little details translate to a big public response. Inside are eight simple steps to a mini-makeover, ones you can take without shouldering the cost for a surgical facelift.
Read about the unique and myriad challenges the Santa Clara County animal shelter in California faces every day. Then take heart and find inspiration in how the shelter has found a way to thrive with the help of innovative programs and local volunteers and rescue groups.
Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.
Advice from successful shelter and rescue thrift stores on how to create a profitable stream of customers, donated goods, and cash for programs.
Rats and mice can make great pets, but the wild ones can cause trouble in your facility. The best way to deal with them humanely is to make sure they have no way to get into your building in the first place.
Volunteer Debbie Rappuhn’s tireless and tenacious efforts to improve the lives of animals at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter in Alabama are paying off—big time.
Twenty-odd years after the publication of Ed Duvin’s “In the Name of Mercy,” an essay often credited for sparking the no-kill movement, animal welfare leaders reflect on how the field has changed—and changed them.
San Antonio Animal Care Services increased its live-release rate from a meager 10 percent in 2006 to 61 percent in 2012. Find out how the shelter orchestrated this remarkable turnaround!
Policies & Programs
The HSUS estimated minimum staffing formula for kennel caretaking only.
This is an assessment tool designed to help private and public animal shelters run better by surveying employees and making specific recommendations based on survey results.
Shelter Partners is designed to provide participating shelters with savings on products and services, discounts on HSUS publications, training events, and more.
A program at Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides for early evaluations on strays, giving some of the animals a "fast pass" to a new home.
Purchase this CD guide from the American Humane Association.
There's a lot of important information on OSHA's website. Which of it is relevant to animal shelters?
Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has completed an on-line biologic management resource, Maddie's® Animal Shelter Infection Control Tool.
View ASPCA Pro's guidelines to creating SOPs and download a template.
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