Existing animal shelter relocated because of disaster
Hosted Animal Shelter
Relocated existing animal shelter temporarily attached to existing animal shelter
A Pet Friendly Shelter concentrates on temporary facilities near evacuation centers for human animals. In this training we will discuss both a Pet Friendly Shelter and its stand alone version: an Emergency Animal Shelter.
Signs clearly posted explaining shelter policies/procedures and safety rules
Public access to animal areas limited
Staff, volunteers and owners must sign in/out
Workers must wear ID and uniform
Paperwork must be filled out as completely as possible
Animals must have proper identification
No access for media without authorization by shelter manager
A schedule for the day should be posted to help owners plan their days. Notice how the cages are to be covered at 8 and the morning schedule begins at 7. The animals will have ‘quiet time’ from 8 pm until 7 am. Photo: Noah’s Wish
Around The Clock: Owners and animals may arrive at any time of day/night
Hours of operation based on community needs, human shelter
Typical DART Team Functions:
Photo Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society As discussed in the Introduction to the DART Team, there are different types of shelters. Each type has its own procedures and staffing needs. In this training we concentrate on the Pet Friendly Shelter. Staffing needs vary on the basis of the type of shelter involved. However, staffing should be 24/7. There can be 3 shifts. The night shift may consist of a skeleton crew. On the other hand, experience with major disasters has shown that most of the intake may take place during the evening and the night. Shelter Manager 1 (may have Command Staff) Intake Team 1-2 teams of 3 people each Medical Team 1 team of 2 people veterinarian / registered veterinary technician Animal Care Teams 1 team per 30 animals 2 people per team, number of team depends on animal population Safety Team 1 team of 2 people
Ideally , a shelter for 300 animals will have a minimum of 28 people for a day or evening shift… Again, under ideal circumstances, that would mean 60+ people for 24/7 care… Then there is reality.
Photo Courtesy of Noah’s Wish The Intake Team documents every animal and owner (issues unique ID-tags) and makes sure that information is always available. It will escort incoming animal and owner to medical intake or animal care for further processing. For departing animals the Team will collect and duplicate paperwork, have owner sign for receipt of animal, retrieve ID tags.
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