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Emergency and disaster planning at Ohio animal shelters

By S. M. Decker, L. K. Lord, W. L. Walker, T. E. Wittum

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Results of a cross-sectional study to determine the level of emergency and disaster response planning at Ohio nonhuman animal shelters and the role Ohio agencies have in emergency and disaster response planning in their communities indicated a lack of preparedness coupled with underutilization of the agencies as a resource. A total of 115 agencies (68%) responded to a standardized survey mailed to 170 Ohio agencies. Most (68%) agencies agreed that emergency and disaster response planning was important to their organization, although only 13% of agencies had completed a written emergency and disaster response plan. The majority (80%) of agencies indicated they would provide critical resources in an emergency or disaster in their community. Only 38 (33%) of the responding agencies were aware of the PETS Act of 2006. Although many agencies indicated the importance of an emergency and disaster plan, there may be insufficient resources, including time and proper training, available to ensure plans are developed. Improved coordination among veterinarians, local veterinary medical associations, emergency preparedness agencies, and animal shelters would enhance the relief efforts in a crisis.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 66-76
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700903372143
Language English
Author Address College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, 1920 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210,
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  1. Animal housing
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Communities
  5. Corn
  6. Developed countries
  7. Education
  8. Employees
  9. North America
  10. OECD countries
  11. Ohio
  12. Pets and companion animals
  13. Policy and Planning
  14. Practice and service
  15. shelters
  16. training
  17. United States of America
  18. Veterinarians
  19. Veterinary medicine
  20. Veterinary surgery