Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide

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.

AmPA! COVID-19 Preparedness Partners

APA logo 32822 1 Jacksonvillehumane Cabot
Lifeline Kcpet project copy 225 El paso animal services logo border copy 225 Williamsoncounty 200
Download 1 Copy of logo 1 STAR 225 SPAS 225
Tennessee valley 225 West memphis 225 Harbor humane height 225 NHS 100 height
4 Paws 4 Life 225 Chequamegon 225 CCAS Logo Care STL 180 height
Midwest Animal Res Q 225 Operation kindness 225 Tenth Life 200 Bayou Animal Services 225
Adopt a Dog 225 SPCA Brazoria 225 RAL 225 Big Sky Ranch 225
South coast humane society 225 copy Doobert 85 height New River Humane Society 225

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!

Where is your shelter or rescue in the process of changes during this pandemic? Please take this survey for your organization or nominate one you know that really needs our help.