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From: Rita (
Subject:         Re: Interview today
Date: August 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm PST

In Reply to: Interview today posted by Saysaa on August 18, 2008 at 9:55 am:

I don't know about ferrets but with other rodents you just clean everything with hot water and soap, make sure everything is rinsed. At least once a week cleanings, change and clean water and food dishes once a day. I wouldn't put strange rodents together.

Same with birds. Reptiles and insects, I know nothing about. We get all species here, chickens, ducks, snakes, rabbits, hamsters, you name it even cattle and pigs. Its a city shelter so what ever gets confiscated winds-up at the shelter. Everyone has their own space.

But for dogs and cats here you go and its long. I hope it helps.

Bleach, bleach and more bleach. Every time I go to the shelter I make sure I have a gallon of bleach to leave. They never have enough. Make sure workers who are sensitive take precautions with face masks and gloves.

The shelter where I volunteered was segregated, cats on one side, dogs on another, office in the middle. Cats were kept inside at all times, there were outside kennels for the dogs.

The dog side was segregated into four rooms. Two rooms were for dogs that were ready for adoption, one for small dogs, and the other for larger dogs. Another room was a holding room for animals not yet ready for adoption and then there was a smaller room that was for quarantined animals. Closed doors separated all rooms. We had hand sanitizer dispensers at every door way. Foot baths between quarantine, holding and healthy adoptable dogs.

Inside/outside kennels were cleaned/disinfected every morning and throughout the day as needed. You always start cleaning with the healthy adoptable dogs. The dogs were taken to the outside kennels. Inside kennels are stripped, all bedding and toys put into the laundry. All pooed or vomited on items were bagged in heavy duty garbage bags and washed separately with extra bleach. If we had enough bleach everything in laundry was bleached.

We mixed our disinfecting solution one cup bleach to one gallon water. Use solution to clean kennels. Spay kennels, floors, sides, etc. and let set 20 mins. Mop floors let set 20 mins. Wipe up any excess with wet paper towels (or wet mops) and let dry completely. Water and food bowls, plastic toys also soak for 20 minutes in bleach solution.

Also have a foot bath between rooms, especially from the quarantine area, just enough dinsinfecting solution to cover the soles of your shoes. You can also wear booties (like hospital) and trash them and gloves.

After healthy dog area is clean move to holding room, clean that area as above, clean quarantine area last.

We also used bleach solution on outside kennel area then spray down with water hose.

Through out the day all poo is picked up and area is sprayed with bleach.

Personally, I have numerous bottles of hand santizer in my car. I sometimes change clothes before leaving the shelter. When I get home I go thru the garage which leads directly to my wash room, I strip and start a load of laundry with bleach, including shoes. When I leave I get dressed in the wash room, out the garage and into the car. I sanitize my car completely when I clean it.

Obviously you’ll want to wear old shoes and clothes or clothes that will withstand bleaching. I love scrubs! All tennis shoes that can be washed are best too, unless you wear plastic and can bleach them.

I hope this helps.

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