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New Introduction –  SAWA, the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS), the National Animal Control Association (NACA), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) collaborated on a preamble (forward) that provides input on why the ASV Shelter Guidelines were developed, how they would be used, and how they would impact the animal welfare community, which is now incorporated into the body of the Guidelines. Each of the National organizations in our collaborative effort embrace the spirit and intent of the Guidelines, both to raise the standard of animal care throughout our industry and to create a road map that will aid organizations with on-going self-assessment and continual improvement. We urge all sheltering organizations of any size, to use the Guidelines as the foundation for your organization’s assessment and as a tool for prioritizing change.

Download the Guidelines with Industry Forward Here

New Tool: If your organization is working with "ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters,” the shelter medicine program at UC Davis has created an Excel document that can be downloaded and used to identify your needs and then prioritize and organize your efforts.  Click the link below for more information.

Link to UC Davis Shelter Medicine Tools-BROKEN LINK

Direct Link to Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Web Site- BROKEN LINK


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