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Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

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National standards for animal shelters in Canada provide guidance on recommended practices in all aspects of care to ensure that the needs of animals in shelter settings will be met and that they will be treated humanely.

In 2013 the CFHS brought together animal shelter thought leaders and stakeholders from across the country to establish shelter standards for Canada. The group accepted the principles of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as a foundational document and contextualized the document for use in Canada.

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Canadian Standards of Care In Animal Shelters

ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program ASV Guidelines Mighty Excel Tool is designed to help individual shelters identify, prioritize and apply the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. Click the link below to go to the Koret Shelter Medicine Program’s website and access the tool.

Koret ASV Guideline Excel Tool (aka Mighty Excel Tool)

The CFHS is hosting a series of webinars over the next few months to provide an introduction to the Canadian Forward to the ASV Guidelines and how to implement them in your shelter.

Click here to watch a pre-recorded version of the webinar

Click here to view the webinar PowerPoint presentation

Webinar Description:

Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters: Supporting ASV Guidelines

Presented by:

Dr. Esther Attard, Veterinarian, Toronto Animal Services

Dr. Magdalena Smrdelj, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA

Participants will be introduced to an innovative document and process for evaluating and improving standards of care in any sheltering environment across Canada. The following will be presented:

  • The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
  • The Canadian Forward, Canadian References and the process undertaken by the Canadian Advisory Council on National Shelter Standards and its sub-group, the Canadian Committee for ASV Guidelines Review (CCAGR), in producing these inaugural documents
  • The Mighty Excel Tool and a case study that bring the Guidelines to life in a practical real-life experience

Upcoming webinars:

Register Now for the webinar on Wednesday November 12th, 2014 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

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