Shelter Health

ASV Shelter Guidelines

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) compiled the comprehensive Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters to provide research-based guidelines that will help any sheltering operation meet the physical, medical, and behavioral needs of the animals in their care.

We've created and curated resources that can help you use the ASV guidelines efficiently and effectively to make life better for the animals and people in your organization.

Shelter Care Checklists: Putting ASV Guidelines Into Action

Do you have sanitation protocols in place for specific pathogens? Are your puppies and kittens revaccinated at 2- to 3-week intervals? Does your facility improvement plan meet the needs of animals and staff?

Your answers to these and other questions can help show you where you’ve been, the progress you’re making and where you need to be. Our new Shelter Care Checklists are based on the ASV Shelter Guidelines Project, a powerful tool shelters can use for self-assessment and improvement.



Webinar Series

The ASPCA and ASV presented a comprehensive series of 1-hour webinars, each spotlighting a section of the ASV guidelines. Each webinar was presented by one of the authors of the guidelines and all sessions were recorded.