5 Ways to Prevent Injury

February 28, 2013

Animal shelters are home to many animals across the United States, and they should be looked after like homes.  They are used for animals as refuges when they are lost, or places to nurse them to health when they are abandoned or mistreated.  With these animals coming to a second home, there are five ways to keep not just them safe, but the caretakers and volunteers as well.

First, know your animal.  When dealing with animals, they can be hostile, confrontational, or even mild.  When working in an animal shelter, knowing the animal’s body language can help you discern what it is, that they are telling you.  If an animal is showing that he wants to confront you, it’s best to wait until they quiet down, because if an animal jumps toward you, you could fall in trying to either subdue or escape the animal.

Second, operating cages.  When opening cages, you always want to use your knees, instead of squatting eye-level to the animal.  The inside of the knees are more practical, in that, your hands are free to move a rambunctious animal back into its cage if need be.  Racing after an animal with full hands, could visually impair you to see clearly and eventually trip.

Third, spills and cleansers.  Cleaning animal cages is an arduous task and should be done thoroughly, yet safely.  If liquids are spilled and you have available kitty litter, spread the kitty litter over the spill and pick up the cleanser.  Use a broom and dustpan and dispose of the litter accordingly.  If no kitty litter is present, dry paper towels are always a great resource, paired with salt, and this way your floor is slip resistant.

Fourth, tools and equipment.   All equipment should be stored and locked away from harm, so that if bucket falls, it falls not onto the floor, where cages are located, but inside stored away places.  This enables to keep the animal shelter free from spills and unnecessary sharp objects that can cause harm to you and the animal.

Last, apparel.  Apparel is a key way to keep from falling when working with animals.  Boots, long pants, and shirts, which are not loose fitting, can protect you from getting snagged on a cage.  Boots with a rubber sole help protect you from slipping.  These are five quick things to remember that can help you from falling in your animal shelter.


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