The Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, Second Edition

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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters was originally published in 2010. This second edition keeps the intent and format of the original document, while incorporating important updates based on the growing body of animal sheltering science and recommendations rooted in practical experience. This document is intended to guide all personnel, including administrative, medical, behavior, and animal care staff; volunteers; foster caregivers; sole operators; and those filling any other role that supports animal well-being.

DeTar, L., Doyle, E., & O’Quin, J. (Eds.). (2022, December). Guidelines for standards of care in animal shelters. Journal of Shelter Medicine and Community Animal Health. Retrieved January 18, 2023, from

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Topic(s): Health, Preventative Care, Shelter and Rescue, Veterinary Care