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Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Presentation 

August 2012

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 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.

After viewing the presentation, click here to take the quiz and receive a Certificate of Attendance!

Full video (30:33)



About the Presenter:

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Julie 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.