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SAWA Best Practices & Emerging Trends
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SAWA’s Best Practices & Emerging Trends Committee, experts on subject matter, have begun developing tools to guide the industry toward program management that follow industry standards, ethical behavior, and that contribute to our shared industry goal to find happy, health, lifelong homes for companion animals.  

Companion Animal Transport Best Practice
Exhibit A Animal Transport Memorandum of Understanding
Exhibit B Transport Census Spreadsheet
Exhibit C Funding Transport Cost Estimation
SAWA PPT Presentation
ASPCAPro Webinar Series

Animal Enrichment Best Practices
The purpose of enrichment is to reduce stress and improve well-being by providing physical and mental stimulation, encouraging species-typical behaviors and allowing animals more control over their environment. Enrichment programs mitigate the development and expression of abnormal and/or problematic behavior and contribute to the overall wellbeing of the animals in the shelter environment.  From stress reduction to mental stimulation, enrichment directly benefits both the physical and mental health of the animal and assists in maintaining this health throughout the shelter stay. 

Animal Enrichment Best Practices
Exhibit A Dog Enrichment Daily and Weekly Needs
Exhibit B Cat Enrichment Daily Needs
Exhibit C Dog Enrichment Log Sheet
Exhibit D Cat Enrichment Log Sheet
Exhibit E Enrichment Protocol for Dogs
Exhibit F Enrichment Protocol for Cats
SAWA PowerPoint Presentation

Send your ideas for Best Practices Development to SAWA at admin@sawanetwork.org with “Best Practices Idea” in the subject line.


Live from Detroit - View the presentation about Companion Animal Transport Best Practices. On the panel: Brad Shear, CAWA, Mohawk Humane Society; Kristen Limbert, ASPCA; Martha Boden, CAWA, Tampa Bay SPCA; David Williams, Michigan Humane Society; and Cary Lieberman, CAWA, Greenhill Humane Society.

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