Million Cat Challenge

Million Cat Challenge - Learning Track

The Challenge, a joint project of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, has as its motto, "Every cat counts.” To that end, they are partnering with animal shelters all over North America to implement the five key initiatives they’ve identified as leading to the greatest lifesaving. These programs are designed to reduce intake, improve the conditions that cats experience in shelters, remove barriers to adoption and revolutionize the way community/feral cats are handled. By bringing in the voices of experts from academia, veterinary medicine, and the trenches, the Challenge provides actionable steps shelters can implement immediately, as well as strategies for longer-term change – most of which will have the added benefit of helping dogs, too!

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Audience(s): Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team 

Introducing The Million Challenge -  Webcast

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM and Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
January 2015

The presenters will give an overview of the Million Cat Challenge, explain how shelters in every community can be involved, review the resources available to everyone through the Challenge, share inspiring and educational case studies, and answer audience questions.
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The Five Key Initiatives:

Alternatives to Intake - Learning Track

Wiley Stem III
Provide positive alternatives to keep cats in the home or community when admission to a shelter is not the best choice.
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Managed Admission - Learning Track

Barbara Carr and Kathie Johnson
Schedule intake of cats to match the shelter’s ability to assure humane care and safe movement through the shelter system to a positive outcome for every cat.
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Return to Field - Learning Track

Scott Trebatoski
Sterilize, vaccinate, and return healthy un-owned shelter cats to the location of origin.
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Capacity for Care - Learning Track

Ollie Davidson and Kathleen Olson
Match the number of cats cared for at any one time with the capacity required to assure the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare for all cats in the shelter.
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Removing Barriers to Adoption - Learning Track

Cynthia D. Delany, DVM, and Kelly Lee
Expand the pool of adopters by removing barriers to adoption such as cost, process, or location.
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