Shelter Crowd Control

January 2012 by Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

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

Video Length: 84 minutes

Do you want to stop the tragic deaths of shelter cats, and cut your shelter's cat intake dramatically and almost overnight? Want to practice high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter and disease management on cats? How about learning how to get your community - including municipal government - on board with trap-neuter-return programs? Want evidence that such programs can actually work to reduce the population of community cats, prevent the spread of disease, and save resources and money for local shelters?

Dr. Julie Levy will give an overview and analysis of the community cat population and examine the principles and practicalities of humane cat management in the recorded version of Shelter Crowd Control:Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters, which is available for viewing below. You will also learn:

  • How to do high-quality surgery in a high-volume environment
  • How to get the most out of limited resources without cutting corners on infectious diseases, vaccination, and medical decisions
  • How to get your local government on your side, including language that can be provided as sample municipal code
  • Evidence that proves TNR works
  • The secrets of non-lethal management of community cats, including confinement, neutering, and adoption
  • What it takes to get broad-based community support for TNR

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

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

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Julie Levy is director of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. The program provides comprehensive training for veterinary students and shelter medicine specialists, shelter consultations, disease outbreak investigations, continuing education, and research to solve the problems confronting animal shelters. Dr. Levy's research and clinical interests center on feline infectious diseases, neonatal kitten health, humane alternatives for cat population control, and immunocontraceptive vaccines for cats. Dr. Levy's accomplishments include publication of more than 100 journal articles and textbook chapters.

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