Visit the Million Cat Challenge at Expo in New Orleans!

March 17, 2015

expo5bd4e801145764c6b6dfff000043a4e7We won’t say saving a million cats is easy, but it’s about to get a whole lot Big Easy-er!

The Million Cat Challenge will be at Animal Care Expo in New Orleans March 30-April 2. Our booth number is 526, and we hope you’ll stop by — we have lots of information to share with you, and we’d love to hear what you have to say, too.

If that’s not enough, and New Orleans isn’t enough, just check out all the great things you’ll find in the Expo Cat Track, including presentations by our own Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Kate Hurley:

Tuesday, March 31
9:00am – 10:30am

Revolutionizing How We Help Cats
Each year, despite best intentions, millions of cats lose their lives in animal shelters. An enormous amount is invested in their capture, holding, and euthanasia, and the emotional toll exacted by their deaths is incalculable. Finally, the opportunity for a different path is at hand.
Presenters: Dr. Kate Hurley, Program Director, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Julie Levy, Diplomat ACVIM, Maddie’s Professor of Shelter Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
*Approved for AAVSB RACE continuing education credits

Tuesday, March 31
11:00am – 12:30pm

Targeted TNR
To reduce community cat populations and rapidly lower intake with TNR, resources must be focused on areas of high need. Learn why targeting works, as well as how to choose a target area, conduct effective outreach, perform field work, and measure results. Case studies will also be explored.
Presenter: Bryan Kortis, Program Manager, PetSmart Charities

Tuesday, March 31
3:30pm – 5:00pm

Removing Barriers to Help More Cats
Cats vs. birds. Rabies. Feeding bans. We see these flashy headlines splashed across the local newspapers. But truly effective and targeted strategies to help cats should also help local wildlife, prevent disease, and appeal to policy makers. Join our panel to ensure your program is proactively breaking down these barriers to help more cats in your community.
Presenters: Katie Lisnik, Director of Cat Protection and Policy, The HSUS; Dr. Sandra Norman, Director, Companion Animal Division, Indiana State Board of Animal Health; Bernie Unti, Senior Policy Advisor and Special Assistant to the President and CEO, The HSUS

Wednesday, April 1
9:00am – 10:30am

The Cat Revolution in Practice
We now know that euthanasia of healthy cats in shelters can be replaced with programs that are dramatically more humane and effective for cats and communities alike. Shelters are hungry for this change. This panel will share their direct experiences in putting the primary tool of euthanasia aside to make room for new tools and strategies.
Presenters: Danielle Bays, Community Cat Programs Manager, Washington Humane Society; Barbara Carr, Executive Director, SPCA Serving Erie County; Dr. Kate Hurley, Program Director, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Julie Levy, Diplomat ACVIM, Maddie’s Professor of Shelter Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine; Tracy Mohr, Animal Services Manager, City of Chico
*Approved for AAVSB RACE continuing education credits

Wednesday, April 1
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Community Cat Programs That Work
This session will address the implementation and organization of effective municipal community cat programs through the use of not only animal control officers, but volunteers as well. We will look at how best to gather information from the public, optimize manpower, troubleshoot problems that may arise, and coordinate with the public to have a successful program.
Presenters: Kathy Davis, Director, San Antonio Animal Services; Megan Holeva, Animal Control Officer, Washington Humane Society

Thursday, April 2
9:30am – 11:00am

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense
While sheltering organizations work their tails off trying to find homes for cats, many are simultaneously working just as hard to keep cats from entering the shelter in the first place. Hear from two sheltering leaders whose organizations have invested in prevention by offering proactive, problem-solving services to cat owners in their communities.
Presenters: Heather Cammisa, CAWA, President and CEO, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center; Steph Renaud, Cat City Supervisor, PAWS; Tara Sannucci, Pet Retention Coordinator, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Thursday, April 2 
11:30am – 1:00pm

Working Smarter, Not Harder
Explore the results of managed admission policies and the impact they have on the community, as well as strategies to reduce the intake of cats and increase shelter cats’ chances of a live outcome. Hear how capacity issues and housing size can greatly impact the health, well-being, and length-of-stay of the shelter cat population, as well as boost adoptions and decrease euthanasia.
Presenter: Barbara Carr, Executive Director, SPCA Serving Erie County

Still not enough to get you there? Even with beignets? Here’s the full listing of all Expo events. We hope you’ll make it, and come see us there!

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