May 2, 2023
Categories: Research, Policies and Procedures

In 2010 the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) published the first Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, which quickly became the gold standard in how to care for animals shelters and foster homes alike. In December 2022, the revised “Guidelines” were introduced. The Guidelines is understandably a comprehensive and lengthy document, yet many who can get value from it don’t have the time to read it in it entirety. That’s why you’re invited to the free ASV Shelter Guidelines Re-Boot Camp!

The virtual Re-Boot Camp is a half day seminar geared to all workers in a foster based rescue or shelter to help make incorporating the Guidelines attainable for more organizations.

Date: May 16, 2023
Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM PT/ 12:00PM to 4:00PM ET

Your entire staff is welcome to this event during which speakers will present an overview of the updated Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. Dr. Sheila Segurson, DVM, DACVB, Director of Community Solutions at Maddie’s Fund® emphasizes that this is “a great opportunity to get an overview of what’s in the second edition of the ASV guidelines. Speakers will be guidelines authors and they’ll be opportunity for questions and answers.” View the topics and schedule

What’s new in the second edition? 
The second edition of the Guidelines, published in December 2022, incorporates subsequent research, practical experience, and subject matter expertise to reflect advances in shelter medicine knowledge. The following are major changes between the two editions:

  • A shift in framework from the Five Freedoms to the Five Domains, recognizing the need to promote positive experiences for shelter animals, in addition to avoiding negative ones.
  • The vital role that our communities play in keeping pets out of shelters, through pet retention efforts, removing barriers to reunification and adoption, the role of foster caregivers, and more.
  • Advancements in the recommendations for assessment of shelter animal behavior, including less reliance on formal behavior evaluations and a new subsection on risk assessment.
  • An emphasis on shelters as healthy and supportive places for people as well as animals.

Register now!