ProSight is proud to announce our relationship with the Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program (AWOIP) to enhance your mission of animal advocacy with expert, customized insurance solutions geared to your needs. Committed to the belief that all animals matter, we use our collective knowledge of animal welfare and the daily exposures you face to become your new best friend.
– Judith Ayn Sobel, Program Director, Baja Animal Sanctuary
of us have animal companions at home—Ruby, Pepper, and Rosco, to name a few
of us have rescued, fostered, or adopted animals over the years—with more to come
of us are committed to animal welfare as volunteers, activists, and animal care experts
AWOIP President and Founder, Brian Barrick, provides three critical steps for improving safety measures at rescue facilities to help maintain a safe environment for volunteers, staff, and the animals in your care.
When sheltering domestic animals, understanding body language is key to minimizing risk. It’s essential to train volunteers and staff on how to properly read animal body language—and equally important, how to react to it—to avoid getting hurt. Maddie’s® University provides a great video tutorial that comes highly recommended for your staff.
Horses may seem like docile creatures, but their behavior can be unpredictable—so instruct your staff never to back into a corner when working within an enclosed area with them. Periodically inspect fences and gates to make sure they’re in good shape as a weak fence is no match for the strong will of a horse. And, of course, always wear proper safety gear.
Ensure there are proper enclosures, as well as a concrete base beneath those enclosures, to deter escape when sheltering bears, lions, or other large exotic animals. When transporting or handling large exotics, make sure workers always wear steel-cut resistant gloves to help prevent hand injuries.
Continuing education for you and your staff is a big part of your organization’s success. Here are some great resources to tap into for training, education, and certification purposes.
Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program—insurance experts for animal shelters, humane societies, animal sanctuaries and rescue facilities, and animal control officers
Maddie’s® University—training and classes geared toward domestic animal shelter personnel
The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement—webinars and certification programs for animal rescue professionals
ASPCA Pro—training, webinars, and online courses on relevant animal rescue topics
Best Friends Animal Society—training and lessons for shelters dedicated to domestic and farm animals
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries—the only animal sanctuary accreditation program
American Sanctuary Association—upholds high quality animal care standards and housing requirements
The majority of losses in the animal welfare industry occur with domestic animals. It’s important to stay vigilant, take precautions, and educate staff in order to avoid these top insurance claims:
Dog bite to a shelter volunteer
Dog bite to a visitor looking to adopt
Dog bite to someone attending a public adoption event
Dog-on-dog injury when a shelter dog attacks an outside dog while being walked
Slips resulting from a wet floor in your animal care facility
We have teamed up with PCALIC* and its Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program (AWOIP) for our animal welfare niche. They have a keen understanding of the challenges facing the industry and are deeply committed to developing insurance solutions that help further the mission of animal advocacy.