Skip to Content
ID
1-508-1226
Name
Animal Sheltering Team - Animal-Only Shelter
Status
Published
Updated
9/28/2018 5:08:30 PM
Released
06/19/2018
Description
The Animal Sheltering Team – Animal-Only Shelter manages the oversight, setup, operations, communication, and demobilization of a temporary animal shelter. The team provides a safe and protected environment for displaced animal populations and meets their basic needs.
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Mass Care Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
This team: 1. Establishes and manages a temporary shelter for the safe and humane handling, care/husbandry, and housing of one of the following animal populations: a. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals b. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species 2. Meets animals' basic welfare needs 3. Ensures proper animal identification, tracking, reunification, and reporting 4. Coordinates with incident command; coordinates all facets of the animal response and intersecting components of the human response 5. Maintains safety, biosecurity, and sanitation of the facility and equipment 6. Provides appropriate security
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this team, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. This team works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days 3. Requestor may order any combination of Veterinarian, Veterinary Assistant, and Veterinary Medical Team to support this team’s activities, if necessary 4. Requestor may order a Shelter Facilities Support Team Leader to support shelter operations, if necessary 5. In an animal-only shelter, shelter staff provide full care of animals, which may be either stray (owner unknown) or temporarily away from their owners 6. Though owners may visit, they do not provide daily animal care 7. Average ordering ratio for Animal Care and Handling Specialists is one person to 15 animals; this ratio varies by species and shelter conditions 8. Requestor considers sheltering requirements for animals that are not medically or behaviorally suited for congregate sheltering 9. Requestor considers species-specific management needs
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
Personnel Per Team MinimumNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 143
Type 226
Type 311
Type 49
Personnel Per Team Management and Oversight1. Order one or more NIMS Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Shelter Manager if shelter planning, site selection, design, and setup are necessary to establish shelter. 2. Animal Emergency Response Team Leaders provide technical expertise for operations, planning, logistics, safety, finance, and administration of shelter operations. 3. Order additional Animal Emergency Response Team Leaders as appropriate based on scope and scale of shelter operations. 4. The Administrative Support position is not a NIMS typed position.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader 1 – Administrative Support
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Emergency Response Shelter Manager
Type 41 – NIMS Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
Personnel Per Team SupportOrder additional Animal Care and Handling Specialists and Animal Intake and Reunification Specialists as appropriate based on scope and scale of shelter operations; for example: 1. To help with animal intake as shelter opens 2. If operating hours exceed 12 hours per day 3. If number of animals in shelter exceeds 500
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 13 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist 2 – Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 13 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
Type 42 – NIMS Type 1 Animal Care and Handling Specialist 5 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
Capacity Per Team ShelteringNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Up to 500 animals
Type 2Up to 300 animals
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Up to 100 animals
Location Per Team ShelteringNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3A self-contained temporary shelter
Type 4Supplemental staff to support an established shelter
Equipment Per Team Sheltering1. Team procures consumable animal supplies (food, litter, etc.) continually while shelter remains in operation. 2. Requestor specifies additional necessary equipment, including laptops, digital cameras, universal microchip scanners, intake forms, identification collars, or others.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Requestor provides or obtains shelter kit appropriate for animal population served; kit may include: 1. Cages, crates, and other containment equipment 2. Collars, leashes, halters, lead ropes, lariat ropes 3. Animal ID supplies, such as collar tags 4. Muzzles 5. Food 6. Potable water 7. Bowls 8. Litter boxes 9. Litter 10. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies 11. Microchips/scanners 12. Vaccines 13. Animal intake forms
Type 4Not Specified
Equipment Per Team Member Personal Protective EquipmentThe following regulation addresses PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4PPE is mission specific and may vary be work environment; it includes: 1. Protective footwear 2. Protective clothing for skin exposure 3. Eye and ear protection 4. Gloves 5. Masks
Equipment Per Team Member CommunicationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41.Two-way portable radio 2. Cell phone
566
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Emergency Response Shelter Manager
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Care and Handling Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinarian
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinary Assistant
FEMA, NIMS 508: Veterinary Medical Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Shelter Facilities Support Team Leader
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment, latest edition adopted
National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Emergency Animal Sheltering Best Practices, September 2014