Covid-19 shelter kit for people

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General recommended practices for staff and volunteers

  • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Handwashing really works. Regular and frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing and after touching dirty surfaces is important. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and there is no visible dirt on your hands.
  • Practice good coughing and sneezing etiquette (using the inside bend of your elbow). If you use a tissue, use it once, throw it in the trash and then wash your hands.
  • For more information on how to minimize/mitigate workplace exposures, read the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease.
  • Read how Dakin Humane Society in Massachusetts is caring for the pets of COVID-19 victims

How to prepare at animal shelter

10 Minutes with the experts: The CEO perspective from behind the computer


Mask use 201
Worms & Germs blogger Dr. Scott Weese discusses everything you need to know about mask use in veterinary settings.

Guidance for community cat caregivers during shelter in place orders
Alley Cat Allies reports there is no indication that ongoing feeding and care of community cats is prohibited under the current orders in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

How to lead from behind a computer
Cleveland Animal Protective League CEO Sharon Harvey shares practical tips for learning the skills needed to lead a shelter from home.

Documentation of essential services for caretakers
Some organizations are issuing documents to colony caretakers in their jurisdiction confirming that the services they provide are essential and being performed in conjunction with the organization. See this example from Maui Humane Society.

Safety fliers in English and Spanish
Pima County created these fliers in English and Spanish for both Pima Animal Care Center and Pima County Animal Protection, advising their visitors on how to keep themselves and staff safe.

HSUS / Community Cats Voices Interview
Certified compassion fatigue educator Jessica Dolce explains ways to manage stress and anxiety during this time of no spay/neuter. 

Engaging & Supporting Volunteers During Coronavirus
This Adisa training video shows leaders how to support and engage volunteers who may be sidelined right now.

Human Resources sample documents from Oregon Humane Society

More resources


'Humane at Home' lessons for children from San Diego Humane Society

"Shelter in place" activities from Marin Humane


Sample documents from shelters

Disaster Preparedness



COVID-19 Daily Updates | Animals | People | Community Planning | Usable Communications