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Infection Control Overview
Transmitting Disease
In-Home Practices
Prevention & Vaccinations



While many shelters utilize foster programs, just leaving the shelter and moving into a home environment doesn’t guarantee healthier animals or more lives saved. There are crucial elements required for success.
-Miranda Spindel, ASPCA Senior Director, Shelter Medicine


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Infection Control for Foster Homes

Homeless animals enter into care and placement programs from many sources, often without prior preventive health care. Some animals are already sick, injured, stressed, have parasites – or are otherwise vulnerable to developing disease on arrival. Most have potential to either acquire or transmit infectious disease.

Strong environmental, medical, and behavioral health care practices are the foundation of a program placing ever-increasing numbers of healthy, friendly animals into the community.

Guiding Principles for Healthy Foster Homes

  1. Homeless animals always present a risk for transmission and/or development of infectious disease.
  2. Infection control relies on understanding:
  • Disease transmission
  • Routine practices for preventing disease transmission as a standard of care
  • Preventive health-care practices that help animals resist disease

Read about disease transmission

Read about proper practices in the home

Read about prevention and vaccinations