Spay/Neuter as a mandate for entry to emergency shelter
In TROUBLE SHOOTING
Sep 09, 2020
Hey Pete. Great question. I know a few pioneering co-sheltering facilities in LA actually explicitly avoid these kinds of hard rules for animals. Their reason for including animals in the first place is to be “low-barrier” and having additional rules for animal health as entry criteria goes against that philosophy. They use language like “strongly encourage” for animal care standards, and once the person and their animal are sheltered they then offer free services and expect the person to take care of the “strongly encouraged” animal procedures within ~2 weeks. However, I know Dr. Michelle Lem from Community Veterinary Outreach has some strong opinions about making sure there is a bare minimum standard for animal health in co-sheltering environments. It will be interesting to loop her into this conversation on Thursday.