Spring Cleaning For Your Animal Rescue Shelter

February 12, 2014

One of the key drivers for keeping the buildings of an animal rescue shelter in spick-and-spank condition is the health of the animals. An environment conducive to good animal health is a basic requirement for any shelter. Proper building maintenance is one way of ensuring your animals reside in habitable conditions. Here are some tips to help you jump-start your spring building maintenance.

Primary Enclosures – Check all primary enclosures for damage and repair immediately. Check for faulty latches, edges that are sharp, open spaces, and other flaws. If enclosures are not well-secured, then the likelihood of the animals being injured is highly possible. The animals could break free from their places of confinement if enclosures are defective. Kennels, runs, cages and pens are some primary enclosures that should be routinely checked and maintained.

Ventilation – Proper ventilation is essential for good animal health. The quality of the air in the animal rescue shelter directly impacts the health and well-being of the animals. Fresh, clean air is needed for the animals to strive well. Check your ventilation systems to ensure that they allow clean air to circulate while removing stale, unclean air.

HVAC – Dust and hair from animals can become trapped within the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The HVAC can distribute contaminants in the air which can cause ill-health and disease at the animal rescue shelter. Proper maintenance of the HVAC system is important since the quality of the air affects animal health.

These few preventative maintenance tips can alleviate many problems and safeguard the health of the residents at the animal rescue shelter.

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