rescue. reunite. rehome. rethink.

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.

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  • The ASV Guidelines in Real Life: Safe and Sound

    From slippery floors to rambunctious dogs and hazardous chemicals, animal shelters contain many potential dangers to the public. You can mitigate these with smart safety practices and tips from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

  • Medical SOPs: Lifesaving, Step by Step

    Getting some basic shelter medicine SOPs in writing can help you prevent widespread problems while providing a consistent, transparent standard of care.

  • Success in Santa Clara County

    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.

  • Q & A: Success in South Florida

    Veterinarian Sara Pizano faced daunting challenges when she took over as head of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2005, such as no pain medications and a very high infectious disease and mortality rate. Within five years, she and her staff turned it around, winning major awards from the Florida Animal Control Association. How did she do it?

  • Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    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.

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Policies & Programs

  • General Staffing Recommendations for Kennel Caretaking

    The HSUS estimated minimum staffing formula for kennel caretaking only.

  • Shelter Diagnostic System

    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 Services

    The HSUS's Shelter Services program helps shelters acquire the tools they need to ensure long-term organizational stability and success in the dynamic environment of animal welfare. No matter the size or issues facing your organization, Shelter Services is here to help.

  • Shelter Services

    The HSUS's Shelter Services program helps shelters acquire the tools they need to ensure long-term organizational stability and success in the dynamic environment of animal welfare. No matter the size or issues facing your organization, Shelter Services is here to help.

  • Shelter Partners

    Shelter Partners is designed to provide participating shelters with savings on products and services, discounts on HSUS publications, training events, and more.

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