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People surrendering animals to a shelter typically want to know what’s going to happen to them. When euthanasia is a possibility, the question is bound to be charged with emotion. For shelter staff, the challenge is to answer the question truthfully yet tactfully, while seizing the opportunity to provide some counseling and alternatives that might prevent animals from being relinquished.
Shelters devote a great deal of time and effort to ensuring the health and welfare of the animals in their care, but what about the people who visit their facilities? A good organization needs to minimize the potential hazards that could cause injury or illness to the people who come to work, volunteer, or adopt animals—and to the general public. In this, the sixth article in our series highlighting guidelines from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, learn how to deal with the biological, chemical, and physical hazards at your shelter.
FROM THE COVER
- Where Reservations Need You
- Kits & Pits: Getting Black (and Mostly Black) Cats Adopted
- Kits & Pits: Minding Their Manners
- Squeaks, Squawks, and Slithers: A Trip to Hamsterdam
- Mouthpieces: Help Your Queen of the Jungle Discover the Great Indoors
- People Power: Going the Distance for Cats
- The Build-Out
- Better Know and ACO: Cracking Down on Cruelty in Colorado
- News from the HSUS
- Show Me the Money: Kitties, Lindy Hopping, and Bathtub Gin
- To the Rescue: Holding Their Horses
In your space, you told us what the animal protection movement needs more of, and what you’d be happy to see go the way of the dinosaur.
In Virginia, the Richmond SPCA is shaking things up. As the SPCA’s Project Safety Net offers programs and services aimed at reducing animal relinquishment, the organization is succeeding in saving more lives by partnering with the community.
Books, movies, and other cool stuff for animal lovers.
Sometimes, bigger really is better. "Mega" adoption events—which typically attract hordes of people and feature free or low-cost adoptions and a party-like atmosphere—are helping shelters and rescue groups around the country move hundreds of adoptable animals into new homes. Learn how they’re doing it, and how you can get in on the fun.
Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA, explains how, even in that famously socially conscious city, pet lovers have been duped by deceptive websites into buying dogs from puppy mills, and what the SPCA is doing about it.
Getting some basic shelter medicine SOPs in writing can help you prevent widespread problems while providing a consistent, transparent standard of care.
Shelters and rescues sometimes view each other with a degree of suspicion. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We explore the source of the problems—and ways that rescue groups can get past them to prove that they’ll be great allies.
Sometimes all it takes to get adopted is a shiny, red convertible—and some Doggles.