Even in the best run animal shelters, disease transmission is always occurring. The animals, the facility, disease-causing organisms (pathogens), and shelter operations themselves contribute to the spread of disease.
Guidelines for Standards of Care
ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
Disease prevention and management are essential to a healthy shelter. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians defines overall disease management standards in their guidelines.
Webinar Series: ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care
The ASPCA is hosting monthly webinars, each spotlighting a section of the guidelines. Sign up for the live webinars, or listen to an archived session and download related materials.
Articles about Shelter Medicine and Wellness
Creating Healthy Spaces for Animals
Shelby Humane Society worked with the ASPCA to use available animal space to better maintain animal health and wellness. Check out the Before and After photos!
Shelter Veterinary Medicine
Learn more about the unique characteristics of practicing veterinary medicine in the shelter environment.
Shelter Medicine Resources (.pdf)
ASPCA Veterinary Outreach staff assembled basic recommendations and other resources for running a healthy shelter.
Webinars by Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Infectious Disease Control Best Practices for Home-Based Programs
Strong environmental, medical, and behavioral health care practices are the foundations of a healthy home-based program. Learn how to keep infection risk low and wellness high.
Infection Control: Understanding Those Valuable Vaccines
Vaccination plays a very valuable role in the prevention and control of major infectious diseases in cats and dogs. Watch the webinar.
Articles about Disease Prevention and Management
Taking a Daily Animal Inventory
A daily physical count provides the opportunity to visually inspect every animal in your care and stay on top of emerging medical or behavioral issues.
Canine Parvovirus (Parvo)
Understanding this highly contagious canine disease can help you take steps to prevent or manage outbreaks in your shelter.
Feline Upper Respiratory Infections
respiratory infections (URI for short) are probably the most commonly
encountered disease problem for cats in animal shelters. Learn about
preventing or controlling these problematic infections.
Infectious Disease Management in Shelters
Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff