Making the decision on whether or not to return a cat to field

February 9, 2017

Is there one best outcome for every cat who comes into a shelter? Should every single cat, or none, be returned to field, no exceptions? Absolutely not, says Holly Sizemore of Best Friends Animal Society in this guest blog post, where she shares guidelines and resources to help you create your shelter’s decision-making process that’s […]


The lost-cat conundrum

December 15, 2016

For decades, one of the important functions of shelters has been to reunite lost animals with their owners. After all, we want to preserve the human-animal bond whenever we can, and what better way to do that than to simply return a lost pet to its loving family? Many shelter operations have been designed with […]


Free powerhouse webinars on community cat management!

November 2, 2016

Target Zero, a Million Cat Challenge Supporting Organization, has an impressive track record helping communities implement progressve community cat management programs. They’re presenting two free webinars through Maddie’s Fund on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and you’re invited! Sign up at the links below. Title: Creating Responsible Lifesaving Public Policy: Solutions for Community Cats Date: Wednesday, November […]


There’s a new community cat resource in town!

September 26, 2016

Ever wish someone had written the book on community cat programs, TNR, and feral cat management? Best Friends just did, and the’ve made the whole 28-chapter book available for free download! The book includes: Basics Why Community Cat Programs? A Brief History of TNR Model Programs The Importance of Leadership Engaging Key Stakeholders Administration Staffing […]


Pushing back on the hype about cats, toxoplasmosis, and human mental illness

March 1, 2016

Did the wave of “your cat can make you crazy” news stories last year put a crimp in your shelter’s adoption and community cat/return-to-field programs? Peter Wolf of Best Friends Animal Society has good news for you. In a recent post on his blog, Vox Felina, he wrote: [A report in] Neuroskeptic, a new paper […]


Making stray hold policies work for cats

January 21, 2016

Most people who reclaim lost cats from shelters do so in the first three days. Extending the stray hold period beyond three days ups the risk of shelter-acquired disease, crowding, and stress without substantially increasing a cat’s chances of being reclaimed. In fact, long hold periods reduce a shelter’s flexibility for quick live outcomes, and may paradoxically increase euthanasia in overwhelmed shelters.