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For the Love of Community Cats

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For the Love of Community Cats

  1. 1. Animal Summit 2012For the love ofcommunity cats
  2. 2. Jed Rogers, DVMAssociate Veterinarian Consultant – shelters / veterinariansCompanion Animal Hospital – Firehouse Animal Health Center (Austin, TX) – Denver Dumb Friends LeagueMedical Director – Hawaiian Humane SocietyVCA Kaneohe Animal HospitalMedical DirectorVCA Southeast Area Animal Hospital (Denver)Chief Medical Officer / FounderFirehouse Animal Health Centers
  3. 3. Hawaiian Humane Society Community Cat Project 2012Community cats are at risk• Conflicts with public health and wildlife• The majority of the public either do not like cats or don’t careProblem is not unique – it’s nationwide• dog story is good - it will be about behavior and health• cat story is the future - the answer is not adoptionNo easy solution• Increased spay / neuter• Real cat colony management• Collaboration / shared resources
  4. 4. Owned Dogs & Cats (Oahu Estimates)
  5. 5. Community CatsDefinition• Owned – Partially Owned – Unowned/Stray• Indoor – Outdoor – Free Roaming• Socialized – Partially Socialized – Unsocialized/FeralStatistics• About 6,000 sterilized per year & 315,000 est. populationSolutions: Increased spay / neuter & Comprehensive approachto population control
  6. 6. Feeding Stray Cats Do you feed stray cats that do not belong to you? Stray cat situation on Oahu remains unchanged; 1 in 5 reportedly feed strays.Mean # of stray cats feed5.95 cats 4.75 cats 4.83 cats 6
  7. 7. Stray Cats Fed - Oahu Estimates
  8. 8. Options • Status Quo (boo! hiss!) • Shifting the Burden • Trap / Remove • Increased Spay / Neuter • Stationary Clinic • MASH Clinic • Mobile Clinic
  9. 9. Austin Humane Society Model• Fostering Collaboration• Support existing Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage resources• Marketing / PR• Community outreach
  10. 10. Dumb Friends League Mobile Model• Meow Mobile (2005) – Collaboration – DAVMS, AAF, DFL – 3 Days / Week – Community Cats• Lulu Mobile (2007) – Pure DFL Effort – Owned Dogs & Cats Only – 6 Days / Week• Total Surgeries: 37,000
  11. 11. Meow Mobile
  12. 12. Questions? Discussion:Cat Chat

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