ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

Document Type:
Shelter Population Management
Canine and Feline

Download the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters brochure updated in 2011.

Published in 2010, The ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters provide comprehensive recommendations regarding maintenance of animal health and well being in any type of sheltering facility. The goals of the project were to:

  • Provide shelters and communities a tool for self-assessment and improvement
  • Increase consistency of care across US
  • Promote highest standards of welfare, for existing facilities as well as new construction
  • Provide sound reference material for regulatory purposes when communities look for guidance
  • Provide a benchmark for when corrective action is needed
  • Create a living document that will be responsive to developments in shelter medicine and animal care
  • Establish what is required for a decent quality of life for populations of companion animals
  • Dispel notions that high morbidity and mortality from disease and injury is the norm in shelters
  • Connect expectations of sanitation, medical care, and mental/behavioral well-being to acceptable sheltering, and dispel any notion that these essentials are frivolous “extras” or cosmetic

In 2011, a foreword was added authored by The National Federation of Humane Societies, The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, The National Animal Control Association, The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States. Download the Guidelines complete with this foreword here!

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