COVID-19 Resources for Rescues and Shelters

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The Covid-19 Resource Library is a comprehensive list of resources to help shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations navigate necessary adaptations to their operations and lifesaving programs. The Library contains articles, videos, templates and other media developed by Best Friends, Maddie’s Fund and American Pets Alive! as well as valuable contributions from the Best Friends Network of nearly 3,000 animal organizations across the country.

Upcoming Virtual Events
Webinars and virtual townhall forums with individuals from across the industry

Lifesaving Programs
Tools, guidelines and examples to adapt foster, adoption and transport programs

Community Cats & Kittens
Helping shelters help their communities care for neonatal kittens and community cats while facilities are closed

Animal Care & Control
Innovative solutions for increasing RTO rates and perfecting managed intake when space for animals is critically limited

Facility Operations
Guidance for developing a business continuity plan so that daily operations are minimally disrupted, staff is safe, and lifesaving can continue

Tips for communicating with the community about animals in your care and their own pets

Fiscally impactful alternatives to live events and recommendations for thinking about innovative fundraising in the long term

Grassroots Advocacy
Suggestions for how to mobilize your community to enact the changes that we need

Additional Resources
Guidance for organizations and citizens from government sources and private groups