Project Dates: May 2014 - June 2020
Total Funding: $4,361,702
The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign that launched in 2014 with the goal of saving one million cats in five years. That ambitious goal was met a year early in May 2018, and has now moved on to its next phase, The Next Million, which is slated to go through June 2020. The next stages of the challenge will focus on communities where cats are still at risk and helping to make lifesaving the norm across shelters through its five key initiatives: alternatives to intake, removing barriers to adoption, managed admission, return to field and capacity for care.
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 funded by Maddie's Fund. In addition to focusing on five key initiatives that reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats, webcasts that focus on actionable tools and tips that can be put into practice right away have played a key role in their success.
Phase 2, The Next Million, was implemented in November 2016 and will carry through June 2020.
Maddie’s Fund granted more than $2.5 million to support the Million Cat Challenge as it expands to into its next phase of animal lifesaving in shelters across North America.
The challenge, a campaign to save the lives of one million shelter cats, met its goal one year early, thanks to the grant. The next stages of the challenge will focus on communities where cats are still at risk and helping to make lifesaving the norm across shelters through its five key initiatives: alternatives to intake, removing barriers to adoption, managed admission, return to field, and capacity for care.
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