CHAPTER 13: PUBLIC HEALTH

General 

 

  • Rescue must maintain compliance with applicable federal and provincial occupational and safety regulations regarding chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the workplace. 

  • Hearing protection must be provided for anyone working in loud environments. 

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, smocks, goggles, masks, etc. must provided by the rescue in order to protect personnel from exposure to chemical and biological agents. 

  • PPE must be available in sizes to accommodate all personnel, including those with special concerns such as latex allergies. 

  • Any staff (volunteer or unpaid) requires WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training if they will be in contact with biological or chemical hazards (e.g., fecal matter, disinfecting products).  

 

Zoonoses 

 

  • Enclosures of animals with suspected zoonotic disease must be clearly marked to indicate the condition and any necessary precautions. 

Animal-Related Injuries 

 

  • Personnel must be able to identify potential rabies exposures and understand the regulations that apply to reporting and managing bites to humans and animals. 

  • To identify possible rabies exposures, everyone presenting an animal must be asked if the animal has bitten anyone within the last 10 days or had any contact with wildlife.   

  • Clear policies must be developed and enforced regarding the management of animals with behavioural concerns. 

  • The cages of animals known to be aggressive or potentially dangerous must be clearly marked to advise caution. 

  • Alternate housing must be provided after 10 days for any animal housed in an enclosure that would require that dogs be removed by use of a control pole or cats be removed using nets or tongs for daily cleaning or care. 

  • A thorough investigation of individual circumstances must be undertaken before consideration is given to re-homing an animal with a history of biting or threatening behaviour. 

 

UNACCEPTABLE

 

  • Animals housed beyond the legally required hold time in an enclosure that requires dogs to be removed by use of a control pole or cats to be removed using nets or tongs for daily cleaning or care. 

 

Resources 

 

Attard, Esther, et al. “Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters: Supporting ASV Guidelines.” Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

www.canadianveterinarians.net/documents/canadian-standards-of-care-in-animal-shelters

 

“Best Management Practices for Animal Shelter and Rescue in the Province of Alberta.” Alberta Animal Health Source. Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.

www.albertaanimalhealthsource.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/shelterstandardsbooklet.pdf

 

Government of Saskatchewan, Rabies.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/rabies

 
 
 
 
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