Animal sheltering is constantly evolving, with one major landmark being the 2010 Guidelines for Standards of Care and another being the Shelter Medicine Specialty several years later. It is important to remain connected and participate in positive trends in sheltering.
The impetus for change has been accelerated by COVID-19 in two important ways:
- The growing recognition that inequity in society at large also impacts, and is impacted by, animal sheltering.
- The increase in mediums for communication, via Zoom calls, between leaders in animal welfare and shelter medicine, who have come together as never before to work for animal and human welfare during the pandemic and beyond.
The scope and reach of our work in advancement is substantial. Despite the small size of this division, our work has been further helped by leveraging a spirit of networking and collaboration.
We work closely with the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association, currently recognized as the de facto English-speaking shelter medicine organization for Canada.
We are increasingly recognized as an animal welfare resource and educator in Canada. This is at least in part because of the work of our science and advancement initiatives, which gives us credibility and recognition.
We have been able to contain our costs while producing significant results. Our current approach fits neatly with the philosophy of “doing more with less” that underpins both incremental veterinary care and resource-effective, sustainable sheltering.