Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters

Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters



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While innovative strategies are saving lives across the country, euthanasia rates for stray and feral cats remain stubbornly high in many communities. This presentation, given by Dr. Julie Levy, Director of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida at the 2012 Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference, will explore the magnitude of the community cat population problem and redefine definitions for “home” and “rescue.” Data will be presented from a novel and bold program that cut shelter cat intake dramatically and almost overnight, preventing the tragic deaths of thousands of shelter cats.

Learning objectives:
– Learn how to estimate community cat populations
– Recognize the impacts of community cat management programs on cat colonies and animal shelters
– Identify strategies for getting communities – including municipal government – on board with trap-neuter-return programs.

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