Shelter Vaccination Protocols

Learn about the use of vaccinations as part of a comprehensive wellness plan to protect the health of cats and dogs in your care. Timely administration of appropriate vaccinations is a powerful lifesaving tool that can minimize or prevent some of the most common and serious infectious diseases of concern in animal shelters.  This webinar will provide guidance for animal shelters looking to implement, improve, or just better understand optimal vaccination protocols for cats and dogs. We will discuss:

  • The basics of how vaccinations work
  • How vaccines can be used to prevent disease outbreaks
  • Limitations
  • Requirements for use
  • Currently recommended vaccination protocols for cats and dogs in shelters and aspects of these protocols that may need to be modified in specific situations

This free, 90-minute webinar will benefit anyone in animal welfare interested in vaccinations for cats and dogs housed in shelters.

Additonal Resources

Why Puppies & Kittens Need Core Vaccines Every Two Weeks



Please note: The slides used during the live webinar - and thus the recording - contained an error in the slides discussing maternal antibody interference. Specifically, the labeling on the lines indicating the antibody level that interferes with vaccination and the antibody level that protects from infection were inversed.  Puppies and kittens may acquire immunity through nursing (from colostrum) immediately following birth. These antibodies provide important protection against infectious disease in the early weeks of life, but they can also block the animal’s ability to respond to a vaccination when they are above a certain level.  The level of maternal antibody that can interfere with vaccination is, however, lower than the level required to protect the puppy or kitten from natural infection leading a “window of susceptibility” as shown in the slides. Vaccine series for puppies and kittens are designed to minimize this window of susceptibility. The slides posted on this page are now correct. Please accept our apologies.