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
- Homeless animals always present a risk for transmission and/or development of infectious disease.
- 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