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Advanced Topics At The Open Sanctuary Project

A series of books in a row.

These resources cover topics that, while important, may not be the top priority for every sanctuary! Many of these resources may be valuable for your sanctuary to strive for in the future (perhaps in your business plan?).

Make It Work For Your Organization!

Not every resource at The Open Sanctuary Project will fit every sanctuary’s model. You shouldn’t feel like a sanctuary must implement any of these resources at any particular time!

Advanced Topics In Sanctuary Management

The Importance Of Language Choices At Your Animal Sanctuary – The way you talk about your residents and your mission has an impact. How can language make a difference?

ADA Compliance For Animal Sanctuaries In The United States – All nonprofits in the United States have to consider the Americans With Disabilities Act. What can you do to make your sanctuary more accessible for everyone?

OSHA Compliance For Animal Sanctuaries In The United States – All organizations with at least one employee in the United States must comply by OSHA standards. How can you help foster a culture of safety at your sanctuary?

Tips For Creating A More Eco-Friendly Animal Sanctuary – How can your sanctuary be kinder to the Earth while promoting compassion to the animals?

Advanced Topics In Animal Care

Long Distance Resident Transportation Safety And Legal Considerations – Safely and legally transporting residents (or residents-to-be) long distances is much more complicated than you may think!

Suprelorin Implants – What a sanctuary needs to know about the implants that can potentially prevent egg laying in birds.

Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome In Birds: Symptoms, Cause, And Prevention – FLHS is the most common fatal non-reproductive disease in chickens. How can you protect the birds at your sanctuary?

Small Ruminant Lentiviruses: CAE and OPP in Goats And Sheep – SRLVs are common and can be difficult to detect. What does an SRLV-positive resident need to live a happy, comfortable life?

Porcine Stress Syndrome: Know The Risks – PSS is an often fatal disease in industrially-bred pigs. Sanctuaries who care for pigs should be aware of PSS and what can possibly be done to counteract its deadly symptoms.

Maintaining a Healthy Rooster Flock – Roosters are a highly common rescue request across the world. Making a separate flock for roosters is one way to say yes to more lives!

Advanced Topics In Organization Management

Succession Planning: A Necessary Component Of Responsible Sanctuary Management – You can’t and shouldn’t run a sanctuary by yourself until the end of time (and that goes for other critical team members, too!). How can you plan for a successful departure from your organization?

Exempt Vs Non-Exempt Employee Classifications At Your Sanctuary – If you have employees at your sanctuary in the United States, make sure you’re following the Fair Labor Standards Act! Many nonprofits have suffered significant consequences by accidentally misclassifying employees.

Crafting A Successful Press Release For Your Animal Sanctuary – Something happened that you want to tell the world about? Make sure that you write a press release that will get you noticed!

Animal Sanctuary Visitor Surveys: How To Capture The Data That Counts – If you want concrete numbers to demonstrate your organization’s positive impact in the world as well as feedback to ensure your tours are effective, visitor surveys are a practical solution!

Creating A Rewarding Internship Program At Your Animal Sanctuary – Internships are the bedrock of many animal sanctuaries. How can you ensure that your culture of non-exploitation is extended to your dedicated intern population? And not break the law in the process?

The Value Of Staff Cross-Training At Your Animal Sanctuary – If your sanctuary has specialized staff positions, you run the risk of serious issues if anyone leaves. Cross-training can help keep your organization running in times of stress, turnover, or turmoil!

Updated on August 4, 2020

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