COVID-19 Resources

Best Friends staff member holding two brown and white puppies

COVID-19 Resources: Lifesaving Programs

Especially in times of crisis and uncertainty, we need a plan to continue to save lives. The resources, tools and examples on this page will help shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations navigate necessary adaptations to their lifesaving programs:

Fostering

Adoption

Transport

Spay/Neuter Clinic Recommendations

General Lifesaving Programs


FOSTERING

There is no time like the present to leverage your community through fostering. With more individuals working from home, expanded and diversified foster programing is a great way to expand your capacity during this uncertain time.

The resources below will help you start or grow a short-term foster program, introduce and promote a foster-to-adopt program, help rescue groups open their foster homes to area shelters that are closed/modified-open, and create marketing campaigns to target new audiences to foster.

Play iconVIDEOS, WEBINARS, & PODCAST

Download iconDOWNLOADABLE PDFs, PLAYBOOKS, & SOPs

Partner iconPARTNER EXAMPLES

Template IconREADY TO GO TEMPLATES

Press release template on communicating about COVID-19 and pets

Additional IconADDITIONAL RESOURCES & INFORMATION

  • Best Friends Vet Access: The Best Friends Vet Access app is now available for FREE to Best Friends Network partners to use for fosters.* The app allows fosters to call, video or text chat a veterinarian 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The vet will advise on if the issue is something the foster can handle at home, requires an in-person vet visit, or if the foster should seek emergency veterinary assistance. Learn more and sign up: https://bit.ly/BFVAFoster  *While supplies last.
  • ZED Talks - Animal Management & Technology Blog
  • 911 Foster Pets - At 911fosterpets.com our mission is to find foster or forever homes for the millions of homeless pets that enter rescues and shelters every year. Become a foster hero to a pet in need.
  • Greater Good - stayhomeandfoster.org - easy way for public to foster pets.

Back to Top


ADOPTION

Continuing adoptions is vital to ensure space is available for incoming pets. Let your community know you are continuing to create adoption opportunities while also maintaining a safe and welcoming environment.

Here are 9 things you can do right now to ensure that your adoptions continue:

1) Remind people through every communication channel that your shelter is open for adoptions

2) Waive adoption fees and offer adoption promotions over an extended period

3) Extend your open hours to reduce crowding

4) Establish adoptions by appointment for an individualized experience

5) Meet people virtually in their homes. Use a Facebook or Instagram Live to walk viewers through your shelter to promote adoptable animals.

6) Provide a “virtual adoption” experience that allows for adopters to have a conversation with you and view animals via video chat versus entering the shelter.

7) Repurpose staff and volunteers to transport pets between the shelter and their new adoptive home

8) Offer a drive-by service at the shelter for adoptions to limit contact between staff and adopters

9) Provide basic care and behavior tips for pets after adoption  

Play iconVIDEOS, WEBINARS, & PODCAST

Download iconDOWNLOADABLE PDFs, PLAYBOOKS, & SOPs

Partner iconPARTNER EXAMPLES

Additional IconADDITIONAL RESOURCES & INFORMATION

  • Adoptimize - an animal shelter software that increases adoption rates, reduces length of stay and reduces your shelter operating costs by automating better photos for adoption of pets. 

Back to Top


TRANSPORT

The need for foster homes has never been more critical. Many organizations that are typically receiving areas for out-of-state transports are currently using their foster base to support local shelters instead.

However, some groups are still sending animals to other states. In those cases, here are 3 extra precautions to keep people and animals as safe as possible:

1) The decision to participate in transports at this time should be up to the individual. This decision should be respected by employers and other members of the team.

2) Transport personnel should utilize full personal protective equipment (PPE): gloves, closed-toe shoes, long pants, etc. Change all clothing immediately after completion of transport.

3) Use disinfectants at proper dilution ratios and contact times. Ensure all surfaces are disinfected prior to and after vehicle use.

Play iconVIDEOS, WEBINARS, & PODCAST

Download iconDOWNLOADABLE PDFs, PLAYBOOKS, & SOPs

Additional IconADDITIONAL RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Back to Top


SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC RECOMMENDATIONS

It is important to check state and local authorities to see if spay and neuter clinic operations are impacted in your area.

Play iconVIDEOS, WEBINARS, & PODCAST

Download iconDOWNLOADABLE PDFs, PLAYBOOKS, & SOPs

  • This in-depth resource covers steps to take during the current COVID-19 situation whether your clinic remains opens, faces the difficult decision to close or is in the process of deciding.

Additional IconADDITIONAL RESOURCES & INFORMATION


GENERAL LIFESAVING PROGRAMS

Play iconVIDEOS, WEBINARS, & PODCAST

Back to Top