December 14, 2017 by Monica Frenden

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers

Video Length: 90 Minutes

Why start a Working Cat Program? Because these cats have no other live outcome, and socialization of adult ferals is extremely difficult and resource intensive. The good news is working cat programs are inexpensive and easy to start, so you can begin saving more lives immediately!

Join us for a comprehensive presentation about barn cats and other working cat programs with Monica Frenden, Cat Program Manager at Austin Pets Alive! Monica will take you through the steps needed to implement a sustainable lifesaving program for feral and semi-feral cats.

Monica will also cover:

  • Stress reduction is key
  • Housing considerations and how to build these enclosures
  • Appropriate handling and feeding considerations
  • Quick turn around time from intake to adoption
  • And more!

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

    About Monica Frenden

    Monica Frenden noticed the stark lack of resources for community cats in rural Illinois and decided to do something about it. In 2008, Monica founded a trap-neuter-return organization that sterilized thousands of cats called Safe House Animal Rescue League. To further reduce euthanasia, she then pioneered one of the nation's first, and largest, barn cat programs.

    In 2012, Monica moved to Texas and joined Austin Pets Alive! Where she serves as Cat Program Manager. Since 2012, Monica has led her team to a 40% growth in cat adoptions, helped Austin achieve a citywide 98% live release rate for cats, and oversees the adoption and care of nearly 4,000 cats each year. Her passion for improving the country's sheltering systems for cats and love of sassy cats helps save even the most challenging of felines.