From the moment an animal arrives at your shelter, you have the opportunity to provide care and make choices that could not only save that animal's life but the lives of other animals — even human lives — as well.
Below are pages that present life-saving steps — some very simple — that every shelter can take when admitting animals to their facility.
- These recommendations are a baseline for a humane standard of care. In fact, they are consistent with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
- We've included plenty of resources that show you how to follow through on the recommendations. These include a photo slideshow on how to perform an intake exam, sample forms, reference documents you can print and post on your walls, and more.
- The recommendations are not intended to cover every beneficial thing that a shelter could do. However, if you're NOT doing them, incorporating them into your operations now can make an immediate difference for both animals and staff.
Ways to Save Lives at Intake
Examine Animals at Intake
We'll tell you — and show you — five things to accomplish during an intake exam.
Vaccinate at Intake
You want to get the most out of the vaccines you invest in. We tell which to use, who to vaccinate, and how make sure the vaccines can do their job.
Treat for Parasites at Intake
We've got five ways to keep these miserable pests at bay.
Segregate Animal Populations
Smart housing choices make for healthier shelter animals.
Provide Good Nutrition
Here the procedures and downloads to help ensure your animals are fed properly.