A. The responsible individual shall ensure that anyone working with animals, including a volunteer, has the equipment necessary to handle all situations in a safe and humane manner, including the following:
(1) Adequate ear protection, gloves, and other safety equipment to all staff members who handle animals or clean cages; and
(2) Equipment that allows staff to restrain animals as humanely as possible while ensuring the safety of both the animal and the handler.
B. Scanners and Microchip Readers. All animals shall be scanned within 24 hours of arrival at the shelter for microchips unless it is unsafe to do so. Scans shall also be performed prior to surgery, adoption, release to an owner, release to a rescue, and euthanasia.