A coordinated effort that begins the moment a cat or dog arrives at a shelter is one of the most critical ways to maximize lifesaving capacity. Intake procedures should address animals’ physical and behavioral health. That means suitable housing, handling that minimizes stress and organization of any additional next steps needed to make the shelter stay as short and efficient as possible.
By the end of this first in a two-part webinar series, you can develop an understanding about:
The importance of sound intake protocols and their impact on individual animal well-being and organizational lifesaving capacity
The value of pathway planning to maximize animal health and welfare and minimize the average length of stay in the shelter
How to identify opportunities to meet behavioral needs of each animal and ensure mental well-being in the shelter environment
This 30-minute webinar is designed for anyone who provides direct animal care as well as those who help determine policy or resource allocation for their organizations. This includes animal care staff, veterinary professionals, behavioral staff members, directors of operations and shelter managers in a variety of types of shelters, including rescue groups.
Brian DiGangi works for the ASPCA as a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine. He received his DVM from University of Florida and completed a residency in shelter medicine, and spent several years on faculty at UF before coming to the ASPCA. Brian is board certified in both Canine and Feline Practice and Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is a past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and currently serves on the boards of both ASV and the American Heartworm Society.