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A dog bite or an accusation that your board mismanaged funds could lead to a lawsuit that hinders your mission of helping homeless pets. Stay on track with policies designed for animal shelter and rescue groups.

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What types of business insurance do animal shelters need?

These policies provide coverage for the most common risks at an animal shelter.

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General liability insurance

General liability insurance covers basic risks, such as an overly excited animal tripping a visitor. Bundle with property insurance for savings in a business owner’s policy.

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Damaged visitor property
  • Libel or slander lawsuits
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Business owner’s policy

A business owner’s policy bundles general liability and property insurance in one plan. A BOP is often one of the most cost-effective commercial animal rescue insurance policies.

  • Visitor injuries
  • Damage to visitor property
  • Business property damage
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Professional liability insurance

This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), can help cover expenses if someone sues your shelter for improper care of a dog, cat, or other animal.

  • Accusations of negligence
  • Failure to rehome animals as promised
  • Failure to recognize an animal’s injury
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Directors and officers insurance

D&O protects board members and officers against legal expenses if they are sued for a decision they made on behalf of your animal shelter that led to financial loss.

  • Mismanagement of funds
  • Failure to perform official duties
  • Defamation by a board member or officer
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance is required in almost every state for animal shelters that have employees. It can cover medical costs for work-related injuries.

  • Employee medical expenses
  • Partial missed wages
  • Lawsuits over employee injuries
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Employment practices liability insurance

If an animal shelter is sued by an employee over a violation of employee rights, employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) can pay for legal costs.

  • Sexual harassment lawsuits
  • Discrimination claims
  • Claims of wrongful termination
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Why do animal shelters need insurance?

Providing refuge for animals is selfless work, but it’s not without its hazards. If a dog or cat injures a visitor or staff member, it could trigger a hefty lawsuit. Animal shelter insurance covers legal fees and other costs that might otherwise derail your goal of rehoming pets.

How much does insurance cost for nonprofits?

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Several factors will have an impact on insurance costs, including:

  • Nonprofit services offered
  • Business equipment and property
  • Revenue
  • Location
  • Number of employees
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