An animal shelter is the physical nucleus of a community animal care and control program. The resources provided here will help you begin planning for your shelter facility.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
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.
The recent renovation of the Wayside Waifs Humane Society dog adoption center provides many benefits to the shelter's staff, volunteers, potential adopters, and canine residents.
Our special design packet just for shelters includes information on how to figure what size shelter you'll need, how to choose an architect, materials, and much more!
Policies & Programs
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.
The shelter medicine program at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has a wealth of information on disease control, facility design, animal housing and many other topics.
The shelter facility and the housing there-in has implications far beyond the shelter walls. The design of the facility will impact disease levels, behavioral health, staffing needs and the daily cost of care (and therefore how much time and money is left over for other important programs).
The ASV's Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters is a comprehensive shelter standards document that was two years in the making.