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Rescue Group Best Practices: animal care standards

Regardless of whether your organization houses animals in foster homes, an adoption center, boarding kennels or some other type of facility, you must ensure they receive the highest standards of care.

The Five Freedoms outlines the five fundamental freedoms to which every animal, in every type of setting, is entitled.

Standards for Primary Enclosures describes the guidelines for the physical space that will serve as an animal's primary enclosure.

Physical Well-Being includes information about disease prevention, spay/neuter, microchipping, food and working with a veterinarian.

Mental Well-Being is often overlooked; however, stress, enrichment, and socialization are just as important as ensuring an animal's physical welfare.

Veterinary and Euthanasia Policies should be approved by the board of directors and will help your group maintain consistency.