CHAPTER 9: ANIMAL HANDLING

General 

 

  • Handling must be as humane as possible and appropriate for the individual animal and situation. 

  • Where possible, low-stress handling procedures should be used by trained personnel. 

Restraint 

 

  • Adequate training is key to limiting the use of unnecessary force during handling and must be provided to anyone who will be handling animals. 

 

UNACCEPTABLE

 

  • Physical force must not be used as a punishment or in anger. 

 

Equipment 

 

  • If catchpoles are used on dogs, they must only be used when more gentle alternatives are not appropriate, and must not be used to carry or lift the dog.  

 

UNACCEPTABLE 

 

  • The use of catchpoles for the restraint of cats (including carrying or lifting) is inhumane. 

 

Feral Cats 

 

  • When capturing or transporting feral cats, squeeze cages, feral cat boxes, or humane box traps with dividers must be used for the most humane restraint and for administering tranquilizing injections prior to handling. 

References 


Yin, Sophia. Low Stress Handling Restraint and Behaviour Modification of Dogs and Cats. 
Schultz, Jacque Lynn Animal Handling Safety Tips

https://www.petfinder.com/pro/for-shelters/animal-handling-safety-tips/

 
 
 
 
 
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