Will you be at HSUS Expo in Ft. Lauderdale May 8-12? Come see us at booth 516 and attend our Million Cat Challenge sessions!
Return-to-field, part one: Putting theory into action
Thursday, May 11, 9-10:30 AM
As return-to-field (RTF) programs gain in popularity across the country, shelters are experiencing dramatic decreases in feline intake and equally dramatic increases in live release rates. So how do you go about actually implementing RTF in your shelter? This presentation will go beyond theory to the nitty-gritty of how RTF works with your boots-on-the-ground staff. Hear from our panel about how they implement RTF, their successes, their challenges and how they’ve adapted the principles to fit their communities’ needs.
Presenters: Tanya Hilgendorf, President and CEO, Humane Society of Huron Valley; Kate Hurley, Director, UCD Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Million Cat Challenge; Dr. Julie Levy, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, College of Veterinary Medicine and Million Cat Challenge Co-Founder; Cameron Moore, Program Manager, Target Zero; Tim Reeder, Animal Services, City of Huntsville, Alabama
Return-to-field, part two: Engaging the community
Thursday, May 11, 2-3:30 PM
Return-to-field (RTF) programs are designed to get community cats out of the shelter and back to their neighborhoods. But the community isn’t always easily convinced this is the right thing to do. This session will simulate a public hearing, with RTF advocates fielding questions from policymakers on the legality of RTF, public safety issues, nuisance complaints, wildlife predation, cat welfare concerns and more. We will also discuss collaborative approaches that can benefit the whole community.
Presenters: Danielle Bays, Community Cats Program Manager, The Humane Society of the United States; Kate Hurley, Director, UCD Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Million Cat Challenge; Erin Kerley, Community Cares Manager, San Francisco SPCA; Dr. Julie Levy, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, College of Veterinary Medicine and Million Cat Challenge Co-Founder; Dr. Sara Pizano, Program Director, Target Zero; Peter Wolf, Cat Initiatives Analyst, Best Friends Animal Society
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