Webinar: How shelters can get more lost cats home

October 3, 2017

If you want to know what your shelter, your community, and people who have lost their cats can do to get those MIA felines back to their families, we only have one thing to say: Here, kitty, kitty!

Please join the Million Cat Challenge for a free webinar with Brigid Wasson of Missing Pet Partnership as she examines why fewer than 2 percent of lost pet cats who enter shelters will ever see home again – and how to beat those odds.

It’s all happening on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at 3 PM Eastern Time at Reunited: How owners of missing pets, finders, and shelters can work together to maximize cat reclaims.

Register here

In her presentation, Wasson will cover the issues behind this low reclaim rate, including owners not knowing what to do when their cat goes missing and finders not knowing how to locate the owner (or believing the cat has been abandoned or abused and needs to be “rescued”).

She’ll also reveal:

  • The surprising behaviors of missing cats
  • The most effective search techniques for finding them when they go missing
  • What not to do, including myths and popular beliefs that can do more harm than good
  • The behavior of owners and how animal shelter staff and volunteers can best counsel them to find their pet
  • The behavior of finders who may mean well but do all the wrong things, further hindering a cat’s reunion with the owner

Your intake numbers will thank you for getting these cats back home instead of into your shelter. More importantly, a whole lot of lost kitties and grieving owners are counting on you – sign up now!

About the presenter

Brigid headshot MPPBrigid Wasson is a lifetime animal welfare professional and retired animal shelter director. She has held positions of leadership in both government and nonprofit animal service agencies, focusing on implementing lifesaving programs and increasing live release from as low as 60 percent to over 90 percent.

Brigid became interested in lost pet prevention and recovery in 2008 when she discovered Missing Pet Partnership, and in 2014 was invited to join the board of directors. She currently serves as president of the organization and manages the animal shelter initiatives including Mission Reunite, which teaches animal shelter management, staff, volunteers, and community partners to work together to increase owner reunions and decrease shelter intake.

Getting pets back home quickly saves resources that can be better utilized for animals truly in need of a new home such as cruelty or neglect cases. Brigid lives in Sonoma County, Calif., and is the CEO and principal consultant of The Path Ahead Animal Shelter Consulting.

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