The kitties went down to Georgia – and their lives were saved!

March 14, 2017

Madi R. Hawkins, Director of Habersham County Animal Care & Control in Georgia, loves cats. She especially loves being in charge of a shelter that’s committed to saving them — even though it hasn’t always been that way. “The polices in place when I first started, especially in regards to feral cats, were heartbreaking,” she… Learn More


How one Aha! Moment while driving led to a lifesaving idea for community cats

December 14, 2016

It was an ordinary day as Stacy LeBaron was driving down the road, listening to one of her favorite podcasts about business and financials. Then it struck her – an Aha! Moment, out of nowhere. Her realization? There should be a podcast for community cats. LeBaron had been looking for a way to enhance the… Learn More


Reducing Cat Intake

Jordan CraigFebruary 2017

Learn how the Austin Animal Center (AAC) saves more than 95% of cats. Learn More


Got community cats? Best Friends has a book for you – free!

October 18, 2016

Community cats: If you’ve got them, Best Friends wants to help. They’ve written a book covering everything from the ABCs to the rocket science of community cat management, and they’re giving it away as a free download! Topics covered include: The history of the TNR movement The importance of leadership Who in your community is… Learn More


Rabies vaccination issues in TNR/RTF programs

May 31, 2016

A guest post from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida professor and Million Cat Challenge co-founder Dr. Julie Levy on rabies vaccination issues in TNR and return-to-field programs. How does your shelter respond to the concern about rabies vaccination and duration of immunity/booster vaccine requirements in your TNR/RTF programs? Here is some… Learn More


How to tell if a shelter cat is stressed, fearful or feral

December 1, 2015

The best way to help any cat entering an animal shelter will depend on the cat. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for many shelter workers to tell the difference between a cat who is a social animal, used to humans, but severely stressed out or afraid, and a truly feral cat. Sara L. Bennett, DVM,… Learn More


Return to Field: Animal Shelters and a New Approach to Healthy Unowned Cats

Scott TrebatoskiApril 2015

What can animal shelters do about healthy unowned cats in their community? One new concept increasingly gaining ground is that, as long as the cats are thriving, the most compassionate, lifesaving approach is to sterilize them, vaccinate them, ear-tip them and return them where they were found. Learn More


Managed Admission: Giving Shelter Cats Their Best Chance at a Great Outcome

Barbara Carr and Kathie JohnsonApril 2015

Not every cat who is presented to a shelter for relinquishment is in need of immediate admission. In many cases, simply knowing that help is available and the shelter can take the cat in the near future is enough to allow the community member to opt for an appointment down the road, when his or her cat can be better cared-for by the shelter. In some cases, supportive management may buy the owner enough breathing room that the cat ends up being able to remain in the current home after all. Learn More


Revolution Relay: Passing the Baton to the Next Generation of Advocates

Becky RobinsonFebruary 2015

As Alley Cat Allies celebrates its 25th anniversary, Ms. Robinson reflects on the past quarter of a century. Where we were, what we have accomplished and what is yet to be achieved by the next generation! Come celebrate the rescued animals and advocacy accomplishments of the past while we also set our sights on the future. Learn More


Austin Animal Services Stray Cat Return Program

February 2015

Learn about the Austin's progressive program that returns community cats who enter the city shelter as strays back to their environment after spay/neuter.  This workshop will give you the details of the program from intake to release.   Learn More


Rescuing Cats from the Euthanasia List

Frances Flower, PhDFebruary 2015

Learn how to create a sustainable rescue program that relies solely on volunteers to assess cats on the euthanasia list and save the most lives it can that are out of other options for a live outcome.  Learn More


How to Create a Successful Barn Cat Program

Monica FrendenFebruary 2015

Often overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a progressive Barn Placement Program and given a new lease on life as working cats. Learn how to start a barn program from scratch. Learn More


Introducing the Million Cat Challenge - Webcast

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMJanuary 2015

Every cat counts. That's the premise of the Million Cat Challenge, a joint campaign of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. Learn More


Face-to-Face with Feral Freedom: Saving Community Cats

Rick DuCharmeOctober 2013

Feral Freedom is an innovative program that has decreased feline shelter euthanasia between 25% and 50% in every shelter in which it has been fully implemented. This talk, given by Rick DuCharme, Founder and Executive Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets, presents an overview of the Feral Freedom program. Learn More


Shelter Based Feral Freedom

Joe ElmoreOctober 2013

Feral Freedom return-to-field programs are quickly becoming the gold standard for community cat management in progressive communities nationwide. In Charleston County, South Carolina, animal organizations have implemented the Feral Freedom strategy as a collaboration of local organizations and animal control agencies, affirmed by ordinances created to reinforce this strategy to save more lives and reduce intake. Learn More


Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Part Two

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM; Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Richard Avanzino; Jon Cicirelli; Holly SizemoreJuly 2013

In Part Two of Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Maddie's InstituteSM will present some of the nation's leading experts on animal sheltering and community cats in a comprehensive Q&A panel discussion on the information in Dr. Hurley's webcast. Learn More


How to Start a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program in Your Community

Jesse OldhamJuly 2013

The presentation covers a basic overview of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, and explores how TNR programs might differ depending on who is implementing them, the resources available in a community and the desired program outcomes. Learn More


Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Target Spay/Neuter Efforts

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2013

Large numbers of kittens entering shelters continue to be a major problem for many shelters. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology can be used to identify geographic areas that repeatedly are a source of kittens. Learn More


Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Part One

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMJune 2013

Are common cat sheltering and animal control policies helping cats? Are they humane? Effective? Not according to Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.  Learn More


Free to Roam: A Small City's New Policy that Saves Feline Lives and Tax Payer Money

May 2013

Healthy community cats are no longer accepted at the municipal animal shelter in Chico, California, and the change has led to more lives – and dollars – saved. Learn More


Feline Shelter Intake Reduction Program FAQs

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM and Dr. Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJanuary 2013

Is it a good idea to stop admitting community cats into shelters? Yes, if admission equals death. That's the view of two of the nation’s acknowledged leaders on community cat health and policy, the University of Florida’s Julie Levy, DVM and UC Davis’ Kate Hurley, DVM. Learn More


Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Presentation

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMAugust 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 will explore the magnitude of the community cat population problem and redefine definitions for "home" and "rescue". Learn More


Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino Shares a New Perspective on Community Cats

Rich AvanzinoAugust 2012

Rich Avanzino talks about the issue of community cats and offers a solution. Learn More


Community Cat Advocates Need a Messaging Makeover: An Interview with Becky Robinson

Becky RobinsonAugust 2012

Alley Cat Allies’ Becky Robinson has been in the trenches of community cat advocacy all over the country. She thinks it’s time we changed our approach to that advocacy, and shares her thoughts on what she believes will be an effective new direction for people trying to get community support for cat-friendly public policies. Learn More


Community Cats: A Shelter Director’s Evolution

Barbara Carr, Executive Director, Erie County SPCAAugust 2012

Once upon a time, Barbara Carr believed feral cats lived short, miserable lives, and the kindest thing she could do for them was put them out of their misery. Today, the director of the Erie County SPCA believes the opposite, and is throwing her organization’s resources into saving their lives, not taking them. Find out how history, research, data, and experience all came together to turn a skeptic into a community cat advocate, and how you can change minds and policy in your region the same way. Learn More


High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter for Community Cats

Kathleen Makolinski, DVMAugust 2012

Free-roaming cats have a variety of temperaments, and those who are "feral” need special consideration when performing anesthesia and spay/neuter. It is important to minimize the cat’s stress and maximize safety for the humans who are providing medical care. Learn More


How to Work With Municipalities to Save Community Cats

Rick DuCharme, Founder and Director of First Coast No More Homeless PetsAugust 2012

Do you ever feel like your local government agencies and officials just won’t listen when you try to talk to them about progressive community cat policies? Maybe it’s not them, but you. Rick DuCharme of First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, FL, explains how the power of relationships led to one of the nation’s most successful community cat programs, and what steps you need to follow to build effective working relationships with the decision-makers in your community. Hint: It involves doughnuts. Learn More


Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Webcast

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJanuary 2012

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? Learn More


Providing for Community Cats

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

It's been estimated there are as many as 40 million feral and free-roaming cats in the US. Find out how shelters can help protect those cats and reduce the strain on a shelter's housing and resources at the same time. Learn More


Feral Cats: An Interview with Julie Levy, DVM


Feral cat expert Lulie Levy, DVM, provides an overview of life for today's feral cats and advocates new approaches to their treatment and care. Learn More


Friend of Ferals


A love of feral cats led Sally Mackler to establish one of the earliest and most successful feral cat spay/neuter programs. Learn More


How to Start a Feral Cat Program

Leslie Wilson2001

Everything you need to know from using the right kitten formula to recruiting volunteers, written by an animal lover with years of feral cat experience. Learn More