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.
Members of The HSUS's National Companion Animals Advisory Group discuss the parts of their facilities that most need improvement.
Has your organization made any changes in operations as a result of the ailing economy? Have you had to reduce any of your services? What would your advice be for readers dealing with difficult economic times?
Begone, heavy metal, pop, and chatter???shelter dogs prefer the classics.
What kind of kitty litter do you use? Where do you get it, and do you mix donated litters? What kind do the cats in your shelter seem to like best, and which is the cleanest?
The cards clipped to dog kennels and cat cages usually include just a few descriptive words, but they could be the most important words you write all day.
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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