About this Research Topic
This Research Topic intends to assemble evidence for or against critical concepts, programs, and methods related to community-based animal sheltering and support services which may shape the future of animal services. Through a more thorough, evidence-based understanding of these services and their interactions, animal services can continue to evolve in directions which acknowledge the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health and welfare outcomes and serve their communities in a fair, just, inclusive, and equitable manner.
This Research Topic welcomes, but is not limited to, papers addressing the following themes:
• Services designed to keep pets in their families and prevent the need to directly engage with other animal services;
• Outreach and field services (i.e. animal control, enforcement, etc.) which preserve the health and safety of animals and the community by offering support to pet owners and finders;
• Behavior and medical services which support individual animals and population health including telehealth, remote care, and public-private partnered medical and behavior services;
• Organizational development and sustainability including, but not limited to, enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce, staff and volunteer professional development, and mental health services;
• Community cat (i.e. free-roaming, stray, or feral cat) ordinances and their impact on animal, human, and environmental health;
• Foster services for temporary housing of animals and for support in achieving individualized placement of animals into new homes;
• Adoption services which optimize placement of newly intake animals into homes ;
• Community engagement strategies and their associated marketing elements which can be used to enhance other services and build community-oriented resources;
• Building and facility design to prevent the spread of disease and provide optimal animal, human, and environmental health (including infection control, animal mental health vis-à-vis animal behavior);
• Integrated public health initiatives that support and encourage collaboration across human, animal, and environmental service providers to better serve the most vulnerable populations in the community.
Keywords: animal welfare, companion animals, animal sheltering, community services, sustainable development
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.