As COVID-19 continues to impact how we all live and work, it’s essential for animal shelters to develop guidelines and tactics to keep staff, volunteers, and the public safe while providing support to people and pets.
The ASPCA’s new Safe Workplace Playbook for Animal Shelters explains new COVID-19 processes and procedures, including health checks, adjusted workspaces to allow for physical distancing, use of PPE, enhanced hygiene, and cleaning protocols. It offers guidance for safely carrying out activities such as intake, treatment, and housing, interaction with visitors, volunteers, vendors, and each other, business travel, and more.
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These frameworks are for informational purposes only, and you are advised to develop your own protocols and practices based on organizational needs, state and local laws, as well as health and legal guidance that continue to evolve.