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In order to facilitate the retrieval of animals the Animal Care Supervisor will use a system that lists cage numbers and intake numbers. Cages are numbered sequentially so that a cage with a particular number can be easily located.
The system is color coded to indicate special conditions (animal needs to see vet, animal is on meds, animal requires special diet, animal is aggressive, etc.)
This is a simple precursor of the Cage System developed by DART. This whiteboard was created by us and used during the Butte County Fire Complex of 2008.
Animals of different species should not be housed together or near each other
Routinely monitor animals for signs of illness. Separate sick animals from healthy animals
People assigned to care for sick animals should care for sick animals only
Areas with sick animals should be off limits to anyone except (sometimes) owners and DART staff
Always decontaminate before entering or leaving an area with sick animals
Do not enter a quarantine area unless invited to do so
In a Pet Friendly Shelter it is very important to keep animals separated. While confined the animals need to be made as comfortable as possible.
This picture shows some areas for improvement:
No litter pan
No food or water
The cage is small and does not allow for the animal to withdraw to the back
DIY Disinfectant: All kennels, cages, and runs must be cleaned daily with hot water and a broad-spectrum disinfectant proven to be effective against various bacteria and viruses common in a shelter environment (including distemper and parvovirus).
Each enclosure should be cleaned, scrubbed, and disinfected BEFORE a new animal enters. As an alternative, regular chlorine bleach (mixed with water in a 1:32 dilution or 3% solution) Use a 10% solution if infectious diseases have been detected) can be used. Please note that this concentration is never used with an animal present. For spot cleaning (daily cleaning) a 1% solution can be used.
If DART operates a Pet Friendly Shelter owners are responsible for daily care and feeding (during the Open Hours of the shelter)
Even if no illness appears to be present, caretakers (including owners and visitors) should take precautions:
Wear disposable gloves
Disinfect gloves and hands between handling animals
DART staff will monitor owners and visitors.
DART staff will monitor each animal to make sure that it receives care and feeding
This multi-cat condo was approved by a vet. The animals are probably all part of the same household. DART policies are against housing more than one animal in one enclosure. Owners should be persuaded to split up the animals. If they persist they MUST sign a waiver that holds DART harmless in case that there are problems. Cardboard has been inserted between cages to provide visual separation from the neighbors. Notice how tall the cage is. There seems to be enough room to create a second level. Also notice that seen from this angle no paperwork appears to be present.
Do not feed, clean or handle cats unless assigned to the cat area and told to do so by your supervisor
We feed cats twice per day: morning and late afternoon. If available we will feed soft (wet) food in the morning (1/4 can on disposable plate) and hard (kibbles) food in the afternoon (1/2 cup).
After the morning feed (of wet food) we collect the disposable plates after approximately one hour.
Sometimes rescuers are overwhelmed. This photo is from the Great Kitty Rescue. 800 cats abandoned without shade, water, medical care in 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Survival required setting aside all protocols until the animals were stabilized.
If we are using plastic dishes (we prefer metal) they must be marked with the animal’s intake number. We keep the same dish with the animal the entire time.
If the animal leaves plastic dishes must be disposed of (cannot be decontaminated)
No toys or treats allowed in crates.
Another photo from the Great Kitty Rescue. Because of neglect the population was rampant with diseases, viruses etc. While building areas to segregate the cats we had no choice but to let them continue communal living. Photos: Troy Snow
For the safety and well-being of the animals in our care, these tasks are always completed with a team of two.
Before entering a run, review the information on the cage card hanging on the front of run.
Make a note in the Daily Log of special feeding requirements, aggressive tendencies or other pertinent information.
Take time to inspect the dogs.
Make note of any possible medical issues (e.g., runny nose, goopy eyes, bloody wound, bloody stool, diarrhea, etc.) and have your teammate outside the run record the information in the Small Animal Daily Care Card.
Bring any medical issues to the attention of the area Supervisor.
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