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Janelle Dixon, Chair, Animal Humane Society

Lisa LaFontaine, Vice Chair, Washington Humane Society

Anne Reed, Secretary, Wisconsin Humane Society

Jodi Lytle Buckman, Treasurer, ASPCA

Sharon Harmon, Past Chair, Oregon Humane Society

Madeline Bernstein, SPCA-Los Angeles

Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Animal Protective League

Mary Jarvis, Washington Animal Rescue League

Betsy McFarland, Humane Society of the United States

Shelly Moore, Humane Society of Charlotte

Gary Tiscornia, SPCA for Monterey County

Dr. Gary Weitzman, San Diego Humane Society & SPCA

Leslie Yoder, CO Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies


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Conditions Comparison Matrix

Examples of Asilomar in Use

The downloadable table below provides specific examples of how individual organizations or coalitions further categorized and interpreted the four broad Asilomar definitions (Healthy, Treatable Rehabilitatable, Treatable Manageable and Unhealthy and Untreatable).

The groups included are intended to represent a broad cross section of organizations that vary in size, scope and philosophy.The matrix will be updated regularly as additional organizations share their condition classifications with the Federation.Currently the matrix includes 8 groups and is 21 pages in length and is quite comprehensive in its listing of potential conditions likely to be encountered at intake.Your matrix may be more or less detailed to best meet the needs of your own coalition and community.This matrix comparison certainly can be used by coalitions or communities as a valuable resource in drafting their own classification definitions.

It is important to note that within the conditions matrix some duplicate conditions exist in two categories.Where these appear, your community coalition will need to make a judgment and the proper balance found for how this particular condition will be classified based on what a reasonable pet owner might consider healthy/treatable or unhealthy/untreatable in your community.

The National Federation anticipates that these matrices will change over time and the NFHS recommends that each coalition reevaluate their matrices annually with the help of your local veterinarians who will have the most up to date information on what a reasonable pet owner might deem healthy/treatable or unhealthy/untreatable in your community.

We welcome your comments.If you have feedback on the matrix or would like to share your agency/communities conditions classifications with the National Federation, please contact us using the link on the top right of each page.

If you would like to join us as we work collaboratively on our 2020 Vision to end pet homelessness we encourage you to complete an application and become a member of the National Federation of Humane Societies.

"There is a strong voice for animals when we all speak as one"(c)

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