Project Dates: May 2014 - April 2019
Total Funding: $1,780,961
The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America in five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. This lifesaving campaign is a joint project of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie's®Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, led by Drs. Kate Hurley and Julie Levy, and supported by Maddie's Fund.
Phase 2, The Next Million, was implemented in November 2016 and will carry through June 2020.
We offer webcasts that feature a line-up of municipal officials, shelter directors, shelter managers and veterinarians in a five-part series on the key initiatives of the Million Cat Challenge, with a focus on actionable tools and tips you can put into practice right away, along with longer-term strategies to success in saving cats' lives – most of which will help dogs, too!
Watch the webcast presentations:
- Webcast with Challenge founders Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Kate Hurley
- Alternatives to Intake: When the Shelter Isn't the Answer
- Managed Admission: Giving Shelter Cats Their Best Chance at a Great Outcome
- Return to Field: Animal Shelters and a New Approach to Healthy Unowned Cats
- Capacity for Care: When Less Adds Up to a Whole Lot More for Shelter Cats