Most of Michigan’s animal shelters were originally designed as temporary holding facilities, operating under outdated catch-and-kill philosophies where length of stay for most animals was rarely longer than stray hold.
Although this philosophy is no longer embraced in the animal welfare community, a shelter’s physical structure alone can often make livesaving measures overly challenging.
Shelters can benefit greatly from a third-party assessment, which includes a review of current conditions and practices by a shelter medicine professional who can take a look at your facility with fresh eyes and provide guidance toward best practices, keeping the shelter population physically and mentally healthy, while understanding limited budgets and resources. Time is spent on-site touring with and listening to management, staff and volunteers. A written report of the review of policies and standard operating procedures is provided, which can be used as a blueprint for improvements.
Fee: $3,000 plus potential travel expenses
New Building / Building Addition Review
A new shelter or an addition to an existing shelter is the dream of many shelter managers, staff, volunteers and community members. Any such undertaking is expensive and eventually becomes the physical structure for decades to come. Hiring architects who are knowledgeable in progressive shelter design is important. Equally important is including an expert in shelter medicine to review the plans to insure the new design is ideal for maintaining proper animal health and welfare, facilitating appropriate animal flow and optimizing daily operations. You can’t afford not to have this review done if you are spending large amounts of donations or taxes on a new or expanded facility.
Fee: Varies depending on status of the project