The past, present, and future of making every cat count

January 4, 2017

As 2017 begins, shelters taking part in the Million Cat Challenge will start reporting their cat intake and outcome data for 2016 and will set their cat lifesaving goals for the coming year. It’s an exciting time here at Million Cat HQ, as each new data entry arrives like a gift-wrapped commitment to save more cats.

It’s also a time that reminds where we came from. In 2014, the Million Cat Challenge issued a call to animal shelters across North America:  come together to save one million more cats in five years.

It was an audacious goal, one that asked shelters to partner with their communities to ensure that cats would be admitted only when that was the best option, that their needs would be met while in shelter care, and that needless barriers to positive outcomes would be dismantled. Shelters committed to helping each other succeed in a campaign that ignited hope and compassion for cats.

Three years into the campaign, the future looks bright for cats. We’ve watched participating shelters accept the Challenge and blow past their goals. Here are some of the numbers that make us smile:

  • 713 . . . more shelters joined the Million Cat Challenge in 2016
  • 1,043 . . . shelters now participate in the Challenge
  • 6 . . . shelters expected to save 5,000 more cats in 2016 compared to their baseline year
  • 119,661 . . . more cats were saved in 2014
  • 212,442 . . . more cats were saved in 2015
  • 339,232 . . . more cats are predicted to be saved in 2016
  • 671,335 . . . more cats have been saved in the first three years of the Challenge

If your shelter is already enrolled in the Challenge, you’ll be hearing from us soon with data submission instructions. If your shelter hasn’t enrolled yet, this is a great time to join . . . because every cat counts!

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  1. Thank you for all you do. This is such wonderful news for the kitties.

    Comment by Susan — January 4, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

  2. Congratulations! One of the most significant initiatives in animal welfare this century.

    Comment by Denise Deisler — January 6, 2017 @ 6:25 am

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