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ICAWC 2015 - Ins and outs of homing cats - David Newall


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This talk will focus on Cats Protection’s thoughts on the sort of changes they have made and continue to make to homing processes; avoiding relinquishment, direct home-to-home adoptions etc. David will also include pieces from Cats Protection research, a lot of which is relevant to shelters in any country.

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ICAWC 2015 - Ins and outs of homing cats - David Newall

  1. 1. The Ins and Outs of Rehoming cats David Newall Director of Operations
  2. 2. Dogs come when you call them. Cats take a message and get back to you when they are good and ready. Dogs will give you unconditional love forever. Cats will make you pay for every mistake you’ve ever made since the day you were born. Dogs have owners, cats have staff.
  3. 3. • the ins and outs - noun [plural] • the ​detailed or ​complicated facts of something: • I ​know how to use ​computers, but I don't really ​understand the ins and ​outs of how they ​work.
  4. 4. • The African wildcat
  5. 5. • Case study
  6. 6. Balanced intake What do we mean? Cherry picking/selecting Will only help easy cats Age restrictions Help more cats all ages Smaller waiting lists Less time spent in a pen
  7. 7. Benefits Balancing intake Helped more cats Fewer long stays Increased frequency More variety Still helping older cats More focus to promote older cats = home oldies faster.
  8. 8. In the real world! Will still have to prioritise when necessary. Will have situations – e.g. multi-house rescues.
  9. 9. • Find a Cat video Please click the following link to view the video
  10. 10. Cat Bearding
  11. 11. #Muttbombing When a mutt, or a mixed race rescue dog, intentionally interrupts a strangers’ photo on Instagram to find a home. Muttbombing is an initiative created by Dallas Pets Alive.
  12. 12. The ‘SHOP’
  13. 13. • Homing older cats Please click the following link to view the video
  14. 14. UN-PAID
  15. 15. PAID
  16. 16. Indirect – Feet on the Street
  17. 17. • Don’t overcrowd • Use TNR for community cats • Size is not everything! • Balanced / selective intake • Market as good quality cats
  18. 18. Thank you!