Now more than ever, minimizing in-shelter populations of animals is essential. a.
Following yesterday’s publication of “Interim recommendations for intake of companion animals from households where humans with COVID-19 are present,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program has made available a sample protocol that you can customize for your shelter. The protocol addresses intake exams, housing, in-shelter daily care, and release.
Based on the animal sheltering and rescue world’s response to Dr. Julie Levy’s Open Letter to the Field: Why We Must Suspend Spay/Neuter Now, we know you are coming to terms with this topic and have many questions.
In my open letter to the animal welfare community, I have tried to summarize the evidence-based reasons underpinning our call to suspend routine spay/neuter surgery – to preserve supplies, staff safety, and health care capacity. This advice, which reflects recommendations by the shelter veterinary community, is a well-reasoned and dispassionate accounting of risk vs benefit.
From: Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP, Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of FloridaTo: My colleagues in animal welfareSubject: Why must we suspend spay-neuter surgery during the pandemic I’ve spent my career studying, training, and advocating for spay/neuter in all of its incarnations – pediatrics, HQHVSN, TNR, MASH – even when it was unpopular. I never thought I would be advocating otherwise.
We know that many organizations are struggling with the urgent recommendation to suspend spay/neuter surgeries at this time. The Association’s Katherine Shenar and Kim Alboum of HSUS recently checked in with shelter medicine leaders Dr.
Are you or your team working from home? This short list of online learning opportunities will give you ideas and inspiration on how to handle a variety of personal and COVID-19 sheltering needs in these unprecedented times. They are all self-paced elearning—most of them are free, and many come with supporting materials.
Got 5 minutes? We’re passing along this easy-to-implement and genius how-to from Dr. Kate Hurley and the team at UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program: How-To: Dr.
Stronger Together, More Important Than Ever: Earlier this week we sprung into action with our colleagues at The Humane Society of the United States and several other organizations to make sure you are aware of new developments and critical information surrounding COVID-19. If you haven’t yet seen the resources for supporting your community, employees and volunteers, head to AnimalSheltering.
Big shout outs to all our friends who participated in World Spay Day, officially celebrated this past Tuesday. That includes the Spayathon team for hitting the 50,000th surgery milestone in Puerto Rico! (And way to go, ViDAS, for spaying, neutering, and vaccinating 778—no, that’s not a typo!—cats and dogs in a single day.