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Disease control

A disease outbreak serves as a wake-up call on the preventive measures every shelter can take to help decrease germ exposure and minimize disease spread. Animal Sheltering's resources include vaccination protocols, proper nutrition, cleaning and disinfection, staff hygiene, decreasing animal stress, isolation and separation and more.

  • Germinating solutions

    The basis of any healthy shelter environment is sanitation. A few upgrades to your practices can have a lifesaving effect for the animals in your care. Consider everything from the cleaning and disinfecting process to staff’s clothing to make sure that you’re achieving maximum cleanliness—and don’t forget to wash your hands!

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  • What the fomite?

    Would you be worried if I said you have fomites?

    Believe it or not, your skin cells, hair and clothing are fomites, and so is your cell phone and that pen you’re carrying around. A fomite is simply a nonliving object or material that can transmit infection.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Disease control

  • HSUS Program

    Cats and public health

    Community cat

    Get the facts about community cats and the risks to public health

    Many animals, both wild and domesticated, can pass diseases to people. These are known as zoonotic diseases. Although we should be concerned about such diseases (like rabies, toxoplasmosis and more ), there are some common myths about the public health risks associated with community cats. In most cases, a compassionate coexistence between cats and humans can be established—and knowing how to prevent zoonotic disease is the best medicine.

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  • Magazine Article

    Don’t push the panic button on toxoplasmosis

    Because infected cats only shed Toxoplasma gondii once in their lifetimes, sterilized community cats in stable colonies present minimal risk of spreading the parasite.

    To advocate for cats, you need to separate the facts from the hype

    Decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for pregnant women to hear that they needed to give up their pet cats to reduce their risk of contracting toxoplasmosis. More recently, detractors of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs have capitalized on the misunderstandings surrounding toxoplasmosis to foster opposition to community cat spay/neuter efforts. So whether you’re working the intake desk at your local shelter or operating a TNR program, you need to know the facts about this disease.

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  • Magazine Article

    Plumbing the depths

    Shelter drainage systems vary, but they’re key to keeping your shelter clean and your animals healthy

    Shelter work isn’t all sweet puppy kisses and kitten nuzzles. What goes in one end of our furry charges eventually comes out the other, and a well-functioning drainage system is essential if you hope to minimize odors and control the spread of disease at your facility. But there’s more to shelter drains than meets the eye: Which types of drains are best for you, and where should you put them? Our “101” explores what you ought to consider before taking the plunge.

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