Summary: ASPCApro’s “Safe Workplace Playbook for Animal Shelters” (Released August 2020)

The ASPCA just released ASPCOpro’s Safe Workplace Playbook for Animal Shelters (August 2020), which includes COVID-19 processes, procedures, and guidance (consistent with the CDC’s guidelines) for safely carrying out daily shelter activities in the time of COVID-19. Sections provide separate guidance for staff/volunteers and managers. The playbook is meant to be used as a jumping Read More…

HSUS/HSLF release key U.S. policy recommendations to prevent another global health crisis rooted in poor treatment of animals

On May 14th, 2020, the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement, calling for the U.S. to implement 11 key policy changes to help prevent future pandemics like COVID-19. Written by Sara Amundson and Kitty Block and published on the HSLF blog, the article stated “governments Read More…

What is HASS?

  My shelter colleague mentioned something about a program called HASS. What is it? HASS is an acronym that stands for Human Animal Support Services. It’s both a philosophy of sheltering that is centered around community needs and the human-animal bond, and a pilot program being tested by a few dozen shelters across the US Read More…

Resuming Animal Relocation Programs in the Time of COVID-19

Re-location of companion animals for adoption in the time of COVID-19 requires extra attention to travel restrictions, hand-off procedures, and the reduction of bottlenecks to services to reduce length of stay.  Many organizations are excited to re-launch relocation programs, and fortunately there are some great resources for doing so safely and humanely. Comprehensive Toolkit ASPCA’s Read More…

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference to be held online in 2020

  July 11-12, 2020 | All Online | Tuition Waived! To bring you the critical, timely information you need in a safe way, this year’s conference will take place virtually from July 11-12, 2020, and registration fees will be waived. Featuring twelve free workshops in two tracks—medical and operations—the 2020 ASPCA® Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Read More…

The COVID-19 Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic Preparedness Guide: a quick-list summary and link

  Here are the highlights from the full-length  COVID-19 Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic Guide which provides guidance on how to follow physical distancing guidelines while safely performing spay/neuter surgeries. Where possible, links from original document have been included. This guide is being updated regularly by a collaborative team of clinic experts and is hosted by Read More…