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.
This approach grew out of community-based trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs, which have been in use for decades. Today, some shelters are altering the cats themselves, while others transfer them to a spay/neuter clinic.
"Return to field is the growing best practice to deal with community cats that enter the shelter and cannot be adopted due to temperament,” says Scott Trebatoski, Director of the Pet Resources Division of Hillsborough County, FL.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 9 PM Eastern Time, Scott will join Maddie's Institute® to share real-world experiences and answer your questions about how to make it work in your communities in Return to Field: Animal Shelters and a New Approach to Healthy Unowned Cats. The presentation itself will last around 20 minutes, with 40-45 minutes devoted to answering your questions.
This webcast is the third in a five-part series on the key initiatives of the Million Cat Challenge. Its focus will be on the benefits in both increasing lifesaving and reducing long-term animal control and sheltering costs. Some surprising real life examples with dramatic results will be highlighted along with key elements to implementation and convincing stakeholders, including legislators, of the benefits of adopting this new approach to handling this population of cats.
Register for the free webcast here!