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.
Choosing an environmentally friendly route for your animal shelter can offer healthier, more natural, and more cost-effective means of operation, but with potential hurdles down the road, it's wise to look both ways before going green.
A coat of paint here and a leaky faucet there may seem like back-burner stuff when you're busy saving lives, but properly maintaining your shelter now will save money later and pay off in improved animal care.
Creating a good cage card can be a critical tool for keeping track of the animals in your care and helping potential adopters to find their furry soulmate.
This article demystifies the critical elements of a healthy shelter by investigating ventilation systems, durable flooring, and everything in between.
Veterinarian Kate Hurley reviews the basics of zoonotic disease, including some simple steps you can take to protect your environment, animals, and people from widespread infection.
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.
There's a lot of important information on OSHA's website. Which of it is relevant to animal shelters?
Purchase this CD guide from the American Humane Association.
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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