Category: ShelterOps

Importing Data

Importing legacy data should be done via a MySQL interface.  Many of the database tables include a column to facilitate mapping (importKey).  Standardizing and importing legacy data is typically the most time/labor intensive portion of migrating to any new software program. 

Data Integrity

The integrity of your data is only as reliable as the users who enter the data.  Developing well-documented SOPs and providing routine training is strongly recommended. Routine monitoring of the Recent Activity log (located on the home screen) as well as the Audit logs within some modules will allow you to monitor whether users are … Continue Reading

Animal Dispositions

Dispositions track an animal’s status history within your organization. How your organization processes dispositions should be documented in your SOPs. There are 12 disposition types included by default in Shelterops.  Dispositions are assigned a class in order to identify whether the disposition is an initial disposition, an interim disposition, or a final disposition.  The primary … Continue Reading

Browser Compatibility

ShelterOps utilizes jQuery 1.9.1 and has been tested for cross-browser compatibility in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera. Older computers or those running older versions of browsers may experience issues with functionality, layout/appearance, and/or data submission issues. The quickest way to differentiate whether an issue is computer/workstation-related or software-related is when … Continue Reading

Disposition Classes

Beginning with version 2.01, disposition classes were added so that dispositions could be grouped by the current status of an animal.  This setting allows custom dispositions to be categorized by purpose and streamlines reporting and data discrepancy identification. The 4 disposition classes are Intake, Interim, Final and Placed. The default dispositions are categorized as follows: … Continue Reading

How To Export Microchip Data

To export animal medical information, such as microchip data, select the Medical Exports link on the Animal Reports screen. On the Medical Exports screen, select the treatment date range, the treatment category (such as Permanent ID or Vaccinations) and the corresponding treatment item (such as Avid or Rabies Vaccination).  Select any additional options that are … Continue Reading

Wildlife Status

A user-customizable Wildlife Status select list is available for wildlife records.  This allows you to define custom attributes for wildlife records, which might be used as notices to other users or to capture additional data for statistical  or reporting purposes. Wildlife Status items can be enabled/disabled, defined to appear in the Status bar, and can … Continue Reading

Wildlife Species

North American wildlife species are included by default.  If you would like to customize the wildlife species that are displayed to your users, visit Wildlife >> Wildlife Settings >> Wildlife Common Name and edit the Status for those species that should be displayed by either checking or unchecking the Inactive field. 


At this time, ShelterOps is intended for United States users.  Language localization is gradually being integrated.  Additionally, the Wildlife module is pre-loaded with North American species of wildlife.  Further development towards localization will be largely dependent on contributed code and will be made available through the SourceForge discussion platform.