March 2020 by Monica Frenden, Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving, American Pets Alive!

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

Video Length: 46:45

It's a new decade and there are new, and better, ways for shelters to serve cats! Progressive organizations are breaking the molds of past policies and now realize that cats require unique and species-appropriate care, services, and sheltering. In this session, we'll take a look at innovative programs for cats that work, and outdated practices we still need to replace.

This presentation was recorded at the 2020 American Pets Alive conference.

Bio photo of Monica Frenden smiling next to a tan and black cat

About Monica Frenden

In addition to her role as the Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, Monica is an instructor for the American Pets Alive!'s Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy, and a City of Austin Animal Advisory Commissioner. Before teaching the Austin No Kill Model to students, she founded a trap-neuter-return organization in rural Illinois and pioneered one of the nation's first, and largest, working cat programs.

In 2012, she joined Austin Pets Alive! where she served as the Cat Program Manager, led her team to an 88 percent growth in cat adoptions and helped Austin achieve a citywide 98 percent live release rate for cats. Monica is a frequent speaker and advisor on innovative ways to save every cat, including cats with feline leukemia, community cats, and shelter cats in need of medical care.