Sanitation is the root of a healthy animal shelter and a key component for the health of animals in your care. Without proper cleaning and disinfecting, disease can quickly spread, putting both animals and humans at risk.
Guidelines for Standards of Care
ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
Good sanitation practices are a cornerstone of shelter wellness. The
Association of Shelter Veterinarians defines sanitation standards in their guidelines.
Webinar Series: ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care
The ASPCA hosted 13 webinars, each spotlighting a section of the
guidelines. Listen to an archived
session and download related materials.
Test Your Sanitation Smarts
How well do you know shelter cleaning and disinfecting products? Take the quiz and find out.
Tools for Your Shelter
Shelter Disinfection Quick Reference (.pdf)
Is bleach better than quaternary ammonium to kill parvo virus? This chart compares common shelter disinfectants and identifies the disease-causing agents each can effectively destroy.
Bleach Dilution Quick Reference (.pdf)
This handout shows the quantities of bleach and water that you need to create 1:32 and 1:10 dilutions of 5.25% bleach in various quantities (gallon, quart, etc.).
Bleach Dilution Calculator (.xls)
Bleach is sold in different concentrations, such as 5.25%, 6.0%, and others. Use this calculator to calculate correct dilutions based on the concentration in the bleach used in your shelter.
Cleaning SOPs and Other Shelter Wellness How-to's (.pdf)
ASPCA Veterinary Outreach staff assembled basic cleaning and disinfecting procedures and a wealth of other essential information for achieving and maintaining a healthy shelter.