News and Information from FAAWO members

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  • 31 Jul 2020 4:29 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)
    • FAAWO will be monitoring and assisting with information and resources before, during and after Isasias makes landfall.  Here is some helpful information to assist you with your readiness:

      First, communicate with your EFS17 county coordinator who will have the ability to connect directly with the state to report your needs and fast track resources to you.  

    • ESF17

    • Click Here

    • Florida State Animal Response Team

    • Click Here

    • The Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition 

    • Click Here

    • Humane Society of the United States - Kate MacFall, Florida State Director, (850)508-1001,

    Check with us frequently for updates. Let us know if you need any assistance. Contact Heather Thomas, Vice President, (352) 415-2353

  • 7 Jul 2020 8:39 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Courtesy of the ASPCA Media Team

    Under normal circumstances, adults, children, and pets living in an abusive home can face major obstacles to escape harm’s way. In this time of quarantine, the necessity of staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has made domestic abuse situations substantially more dangerous for both people and pets. As our nation responds to this pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced in many areas, including Florida. 

    Research indicates that up to 89 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed, or killed a family pet. Additionally, as many as 48 percent of domestic violence survivors with pets delay seeking safety, fearing what would happen if they left their pets behind. 

    Fortunately, on June 18th, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed C.S./S.B. 1082, which will help keep people and pets together by ensuring family pets can be included in orders of protection from domestic violence. This lifesaving law now makes it clear that courts can include family pets in temporary restraining orders. 

    The new law, which takes effect on July 1, 2020, was championed by Sen. Ben Albritton (R-Bartow), and Reps. Sam Killebrew (R-Winter Haven) and David Silvers (D-West Palm Beach) and unanimously passed the Florida Legislature on March 12, 2020. 

    The bill received strong support from state law enforcement agencies, including Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who appeared in a video in support of the bill alongside his dog, Junny. Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan and retired Police Chief Frank Fabrizio also joined Rep. Killebrew in a video endorsing the bill. A Mason-Dixon poll showed 83 percent support for the measure from registered Florida voters.

    Recognizing that more volatile domestic situations are a threat to vulnerable people and pets, the ASPCA recently unveiled a position statement, outlining the proactive steps that can be taken now to minimize the damaging impact of COVID-19 and help ensure that people and pets have a safe and secure place to call home during the crisis and long after it has passed.


  • 7 Jul 2020 8:06 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    As we near the peak of kitten season it is more important than ever to educate your local community on the many reasons why it is not necessarily the best idea to separate kittens from their mother by bringing them to your local shelter.

    The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is one of several shelters participating in Don’t Kit-Nap the Kitten Season this year.  Below is a link to their news release regarding this promotion which they have offered to all FAAWO members to use as a template if you would like to begin this messaging in your community.  Thank you Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League for sharing this resource!  The graphic developed by Miami Dade Animal Services.


  • 23 Jun 2020 10:23 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Leaders at animal shelters say they are preparing for a potential increase in surrenders related to financial challenges caused by COVID-19 job loss.

    However, when the increase could happen isn’t yet known. Shelters initially anticipated seeing an increase during the time marked by high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, but sources reported no uptick. Instead, many shelters experienced an increased interest in fostering programs.


  • 14 May 2020 8:48 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)


    June 23, 2020

    Animal shelters brace for surrenders; shelters implement procedures, plan for future

    Leaders at animal shelters say they are preparing for a potential increase in surrenders related to financial challenges caused by COVID-19 job loss.

    However, when the increase could happen isn’t yet known. Shelters initially anticipated seeing an increase during the time marked by high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, but sources reported no uptick. Instead, many shelters experienced an increased interest in fostering programs.


    June 23, 2020


    FEMA has released the Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations Document For State, Local, Tribal, Territorial and Non-Government Organizational Planners, Providers and Support Agencies document.  This document has an appendix for Household Pets, Service and Support Animals starting on page 34.  There is information throughout the document about pets and service animals including definitions, pet food, etc. 


    May 14, 2020

    ATTN 2019 Florida Animal Friends Grant Recipients

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on your activities, the Board of Directors of FL Animal Friend has extended the deadline for completion of your project and your report.

    Instead of filing no later than September 1, your final report is now due no later than 5 PM on November 1, 2020.

    May 14, 2020


    Here is the press release describing the important points from a new study that was just published. The study was conducted by a premier infectious disease research group at the Wisconsin veterinary school and demonstrated that cats are susceptible to infection by COVID virus from people and infected cats can spread the virus to other cats housed in close association (same housing unit). Infected cats shed virus from the respiratory tract (not the gastrointestinal tract) for 6 days.

    The importance of these findings are highlighted near the bottom of the press release, including for shelter cats.


  • 11 May 2020 7:46 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    From DailyMail:

    Long lines have emerged at pet food banks in Florida as desperate owners struggle to feed their beloved animals. 

    On Thursday, volunteers distributed boxes and bags of free food at a drive-thru pet food bank at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center in Doral, Florida. 

    It's the second food bank distribution organized at this center by the Miami-Dade Animal Services to help families struggling to make ends meet as over 30million Americans have filed for unemployment.   

    Locals were seen driving up to the center wearing face masks and plastic gloves, many with their eager puppies in tow.  


  • 8 May 2020 8:59 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    From Million Cat Challenge:

    Thanks to the generous support of SHOR-LINE, Joanie Bernard Foundation, Banfield Foundation, Virox Technologies, Team Shelter USA, and The Ontario Shelter Medical Association, we've pooled our resources and together purchased over 1,500 portals to give to lucky cat-loving shelters!!! Now that's what happens when kindness and teamwork get together. 

    There are no strings attached, just a promise from you to do everything in your power to keep those portal doors open. We know you want the best for your cats, and we trust you completely. We want you to use this time when the number of animals in the shelter is at an all-time low to set yourself up for success in this next chapter of sheltering. 

    Watching relaxed cats explore their newly expanded digs makes us all happy, so do us a favor and stream/snap/text/go live/start a watch group- whatever puts cats on our screen- when you get a moment. Your volunteers will love getting to see the cats getting excellent care and your supporters will appreciate knowing you turned this downtime into an opportunity to elevate your housing. The rest of us will applaud you for putting more cats on the internet. 

    Ready to get started? Applying for this opportunity is as easy as 1-2-3, but you have to hurry. We want to get these portals out the door and in your shelter, so we made the deadline QUICK. Click below and apply before May 15, 2020.


  • 23 Apr 2020 12:53 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    The ASPCA is thrilled to announce it's new virtual advisor, Ask the Expert! Wondering which disinfectants kill parvo? Want ideas to support your fosters with behavior? Need help starting an equine foster program? Submit a question to an ASPCA expert from our Shelter Medicine, Animal Behavior, or Equine Welfare team and get a quick response via email.


  • 13 Mar 2020 8:16 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Florida Animal Friend (FAF) awards annual grants to municipal and non-profit agencies in the state of Florida who perform spay and neutering services to cats and dogs.

    Grant Applications are available each January 1st and the deadline for submission is May 1st. In August, we announce the grant winners and the grant funds are released on August 15th. Follow-up reports are due September 1st the following year.


  • 6 Mar 2020 2:35 PM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    April 15, 2020

    From the Florida Department of Health Division of Disease Control and Health Protection Bureau of Epidemiology:


    Click link above for protocols for Rabies pre-exposure and vaccination during COVIC-19

    April 9, 2020

    ASPCA supports veterinary telemedicine during COVID-19 Pandemic


    April 5, 2020

    Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses: CLICK HERE

    March 31, 2020

    This link includes some terrific resources regarding spay/neuter guidelines and COVID-19: 


    March 26, 2020


    A number of national animal welfare organizations and industry experts have teamed up to curate and compile the most accurate and timely COVID-19 resources. The Daily Digest publishes Monday through Friday


    March 26, 2020

    Video with Julie Levy, DVM, University of FL and Sandra Newberry, DVM University of Wisconsin

    Shelter Medicine experts Dr. Sandra Newbury and Dr. Julie Levy explain why spay/neuter is considered an elective procedure and the multiple reasons why these surgeries should be suspended during COVID-19 

    March 17, 2020

    From The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

    The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida continues to monitor the developing situation as animal shelters cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is our Interim Guidance on Shelter Care of Animals Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), as well as additional helpful resources for shelter staff health and safety and obtaining help from your community.

    Interim Guidance on Shelter Care of Animals Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shelter Kit from Animal Sheltering  

    March 6, 2020

    The following information has been provided by Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA):

    The following links provides accurate information on Coronavirus and how you can support your community, employees and volunteers in preparation for public inquiries regarding COVID-19

    Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

    Information from Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    While COVID-19 is contagious for humans and, as of now, is understood to spread primarily from person to person, the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community – an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians – states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected.

    The WSAVA does caution that this is a rapidly evolving situation so people confirmed to have COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets. The full advisory document from WSAVA can be found here:  READ MORE

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