The emergence of COVID-19 designates the need for a guide for shelters to make decisions to maintain lifesaving operations. The possibility of open-intake shelters having to shut down adoption operations does not affect the need to continue to admit animals in need of immediate shelter. The risks associated with this is that shelters take in more animals than they can provide housing or live outcomes and could lead to unnecessary decisions to euthanize animals due to a lack of space.
The American Pets Alive! COVID-19 Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide offers a framework to ensure that no shelter pet lives are lost and that shelters are proactive in preparation throughout the mutant COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of our pets and the community is a top priority for animal shelters.
Protocols created by lifesaving municipal and private animal shelter leaders and managers for shelters and rescues across the country.
Foster & Adoption
Would you like to sign up to be a AmPA! COVID-19 Prepared Animal Shelter Partner? Join the movement of COVID-19 Ready Shelters and let your community know you are prepared to save animal lives, even in the case of quarantine, shutdown, or staff shortage!