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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Million Cat Challenge: 'Care To' Programs at the Winnipeg Humane Society

Val Poulton

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers
Learn how the Care to Adopt (for strays) and Care to Rehome (for owned cats) Programs help get cats into new homes without a shelter stay, and include low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations to those adopters. Learn More

Million Cat Challenge: Albuquerque Going Big With Community Cat Programs

Desiree Triste-Aragon

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers
Learn how the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department partnered with Petsmart Charities and Best Friends Animal Society to drastically reduce euthanasia and intake of cats and kittens coming into the shelter. Learn more about how the program works and how you can replicate it in your community. Learn More

Million Cat Challenge: Helping vs Enabling: Knowing the Difference Made All the Difference!

Shelly Simmons

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers
Learn how the largest open-admission shelter in South Carolina decreased cat intake in their shelter by nearly 60% and increased the feline save rate from 30% to over 80% in less than three years! Learn More

Million Cat Challenge: Believe in Saving Lives

Karen Sheppard

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers
How changing communication approaches, implementing strong programs, and the power of belief all came together to save cats' lives in Huntsville's municipal shelter. Learn More

Million Cat Challenge: Keeping Cats out of Shelters

Monica Frenden

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Audience(s):Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers
Learn about how the PASS (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) diversion program keeps cats from ever entering shelters Learn More

Million Cat Challenge: Managed Intake and Restructuring the Budget

Mandy Evans

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
In this Webcast, Mandy Evans will cover two topics: A panleukopenia outbreak, and how managed intake, housing changes and partnering with the community made all the difference. Learn More

Million Cat Challenge: Yes, and....

Seth Montgomery and Natalie Corwin

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers
Do you have 15 minutes to save more cats' lives? In this webcast, you'll discover how an open-admission municipal shelter and a nonprofit veterinary clinic worked together to lower cat intake at the shelter. Learn More