Plan ahead to train for a paradigm shift in community cat management

Plan ahead to train for a paradigm shift in community cat management


If associated with feline rescue, this two-part webcast may be just the ticket for you!

A two-part training series has been planned by Maddie’s Institute entitled Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Parts One and Two. It is part of an on-going series of their educational programs. Since it does not seem that the common everyday cat sheltering and animal control policies are necessarily helping felines and are not as humane or effective as some would like, this series would present alternative solutions. It is hoped that programs such as this will offer the most innovative animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless cats and dogs community-wide.

One of the individuals that believes in the paradigm shift is Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. She is adamant that shelters need to consider a more radical solution rather than accepting the suffering, stress, illness and death that felines everywhere in our nation’s animals shelters are faced with today. Many times the shelters won’t even take in unowned cats.

To share the specific concepts, utilizing the nation’s leading experts on animal sheltering and community cats, a two-part webcast training series has been established for the following dates:

1. Thursday, June 27th beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and

2. Thursday, July 11th again at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Part one is where Dr. Hurley will scrutinize current practices; comparing them to the most recent evidence-based information surrounding the health and behavioral impacts of what stress can do to cats in shelters along with the statistical likelihood of a live outcome for an unsocialized cat admitted into a shelter.

Information presented by Dr. Hurley will include:

· Common assumptions on which sheltering programs for cats are based.

· Evidence and data analysis: Are common sheltering policies about unsocial/unowned cats evidence-based?

· Do our current methods of running TNR programs really make a difference to the overall problem of community/feral cats coming into shelters and subsequently being euthanized there?

· As our shelter system moves to a model of capacity planning for humane care and adoption, where do community cats fit into the flow?

Note: In order to get the most out of Dr. Hurley’s presentation, and to help formulate your questions, before attending please read and watch:

· Feline Shelter Intake Reduction Program FAQs, co-authored by Dr. Hurley and Dr. Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM.

· Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters, a Maddie’s Institute webcast featuring Dr. Julie Levy.

· Video: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters, University of Florida, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference recording with Dr. Julie Levy.

Register for Part One.

Part two will be interactive as the audience will be invited to submit questions to the expert panel presenting the series. All they have to do is to contact [email protected] with the question that you would like to have answered. If a question arises during the second session, it can also be asked live. Opinions are also welcomed.

Part two will include a host of other experts conducting the Q&A discussion presented in part one. Panelists for Part Two are:

· Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Dr. Hurley has been working in shelters since 1989. Since completing the shelter medicine residency and undertaking the direction of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Dr. Hurley has become a recognized leader in the field of shelter medicine. She has worked extensively with shelters of every size and management type, and has consulted with shelters from all regions of the United States on subjects ranging from control of a specific outbreak to shelter health care programs and facility design. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to shelter animal health.

· Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Director of Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. Dr. Levy is Director of Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. Dr. Levy’s research and clinical interests center on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, humane alternatives for cat population control and contraceptive vaccines for cats. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, with two university-based feral cat spay/neuter programs that have sterilized more than 45,000 cats since 1994. Dr. Levy has published more than one hundred journal articles and textbook chapters. She is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year and the European Society of Feline Medicine Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Feline Medicine.

· Rich Avanzino, President of Maddie’s Fund® and former Director of the San Francisco SPCA. Widely viewed as the father of the no-kill movement, Rich Avanzino has had a major influence on companion animal welfare over his 37 years in the industry. As President of Maddie’s Fund, he directs the $300 million family foundation’s effort to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through the combined efforts of Maddie's Institute (research and education), Maddie's CenterSM (hands-on animal care), and Maddie's® Grant Giving. Maddie’s Fund has awarded more than $120 million in grants since 1999. Prior to joining Maddie’s Fund, Rich was President of the San Francisco SPCA (1976 - 1999). He led San Francisco to become the first City and County in the nation to offer an adoption guarantee for every healthy shelter dog and cat and saved most of the treatable pets as well. Under his leadership, the city’s euthanasia rates dropped to the lowest of any urban center in the nation. He also created adoption, animal behavior, feral cat and spay/neuter programs that have become models for the nation.

· Jon Cicirelli, Deputy Director of San Jose Animal Care and Services and Board Member of the California Animal Control Directors Association. Since 2003, Jon Cicirelli has been the Director of Animal Care & Services in San Jose, CA. Jon has also been on the Board of the California Animal Control Directors Association for more than six years and the State Legislative Coordinator for four years. Jon began working with animals in a pet store. His interest in animals caused him to volunteer as a wildlife rehabilitation transporter and then as a volunteer assistant at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. His first job in animal welfare came as an Animal Control Officer in Arlington, VA in 1994. That position led to Chief of Field Operations four years later. His first experience as a Director of an agency was in the City of San Bernardino, CA. Jon has built community partnerships and implemented programs that have reduced the number of cats and kittens entering the San Jose shelter system by 25% in the last three years. Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from George Mason University and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, and in 2011 he was recognized by resolution of the California State Assembly for achievements and meritorious service to the community.

Questions for the Panel: Questions for the panelists can be submitted:

· Any time before the webcast [email protected]

· During both webcasts through the live Q&A window.

Register for Part Two.

If you are a part of an animal-saving organization, sign up today and get registered. You will not regret it!