New online tool launched by the Ontario SPCA to create a healthier environment at shelters, kennels and pet events
IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Stouffville, ON (October 18, 2016) – The Ontario SPCA has launched a new online resource to equip animal shelter staff, volunteers and veterinary care providers with information and tips to make animals more comfortable and provide a humane and healthy environment.
While designed specifically for animal shelter staff, volunteers and veterinary care providers, the information available on the new shelterhealthpro.com website is applicable to anyone responsible for housing a large group of animals. This includes breeders, kennel operators and event organizers, such as those hosting dog shows and pet expos.
“The goal of the website is to save lives with the most current best practices for improving animal health and welfare through effective management strategies, protocols and resources for infection and disease prevention and control,” says Dr. Magdalena Smrdelj, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA.
The Infection and Disease Control section of shelterhealthpro.com features up-to-date information gathered from shelter medicine experts on critical topics like intake procedures, personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection, zoonotic diseases and infection control. Easy-to-understand icons highlight and group subject matter to make the site more easily navigated by the user.
Previously, shelter health resources were available through the Ontario SPCA as a printed manual. However, shelter medicine is continually evolving with new research and recommendations and, as a result, the manual quickly became outdated.
“We invite shelter health professionals and anyone who works with large groups of animals to visit shelterhealthpro.com to review best practices when it comes to infection and disease prevention and control,” says Smrdelj. “The latest information that can help safeguard the animals in your care is now just a click away.”
Coming soon is a second phase of the website covering Environmental Needs and Behavioural Health.
For tips and information on animal health and disease prevention and control, visit shelterhealthpro.com
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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