Sunday, April 13, 2014

UGA Kitty Cams 2.0 funded by ASPCA and ABC

If the nonlethal and nontoxic programs and actions outlined and available since 1998 and earlier to address both "owned" and unowned cat issues were systematically pursued by all stakeholders, there would not be the time-wasting controversy currently seen.

Latest on the Hernandez/Loyd UGA Kitty Cams:
What is next for Kitty Cams?
We are happy to announce that KittyCams 2.0, the second phase of our project has been approved for funding! We will be following the activities of a managed colony of feral cats on a barrier island off the Georgia coast. We are currently working with National Geographic's CritterCam Program who will produce the second generation of cameras and begin the project in early 2014. The project will be funded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Bird Conservancy. We truly appreciate their efforts!
or as more accurately stated in Loyd's profile as lecturer for Arizona State University Lake Havasu
examining the hunting activities of feral domestic cats on a coastal barrier island.
The full project title and funding amounts are listed in the latest version of the Loyd CV Curriculum Vitae:

$55,200K from ASPCA and $10K from ABC
“Using animal-borne video cameras to assess the impact of a managed colony of feral cats on a focal species of migratory songbird”

Recent Loyd presentations not included in multiple previous Loyd posts:

December 2013
Cameras in the Wild
Ever wonder what animals are doing when you can't see them? This lecture examines the routines of cats, burrowing owls*, and other wildlife using infrared triggered photography and videography.
[* a separate burrowing owl / feral cat issue in California has recently been taken public again by a city council, the media and feral cat advocates: Mountain View Council calls for feral cat taskforce. For one aspect, see the City of Mountain View 2012 Shoreline Burrowing Owl Preservation Plan.]

October 2013 DOD PARC** lecture series
click on Impacts of Outdoor Cats Presentation.pdf

[** PARC = Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation partnership initiative under the US Department of Defense Natural Resources Conservation Program.]

March? 2013: National Military Fish and Wildlife Association > Annual Conference > Presentations:
Look What the Cat Dragged In - Loyd

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previous Feral Cat Blog! posts on Kitty Cam, Loyd, Hernandez

See also the mind-numbing, extensive layers of government agencies and their nonprofit partners or collaborators involved with wildlife, birds and lands who have a few vocal workers in opposition to freeroaming cats and Trap Neuter Return. Use the search function at top left blue menu bar of blog by entering keywords such as Partners in Flight, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies or AFWA, DOD, DOI, USGS, US Fish and Wildlife or FWS, National Conservation Training Center, USDA Wildlife Services, Tri Shared Vision, TriLat.org, NAOC, NABCI, National Park Service or NPS, Environment Canada, Cats in Canada, Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Centers for Disease Control or CDC, American Bird Conservancy or ABC, The Wildlife Society or TWS, toxo, avian mortality, bird deaths, anthropogenic, human dimensions, and many more!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

UK: Unwanted kittens and misinformed owners

Add to the recent info about UK cats. The info below was highlighted for the U.S. in the 1998 book Save Our Strays by Bob Christiansen where only recently have national and larger local animal and cat organizations begun to address these long-known differing issues of cats from dogs.

Unwanted kittens and misinformed owners
Welsh, C. P., Gruffydd-Jones, T. J., Roberts, M. A., & Murray, J. K. (2013). Poor owner knowledge of feline reproduction contributes to the high proportion of accidental litters born to UK pet cats. Veterinary Record, vetrec-2013.

Veterinary Record doi:10.1136/vr.101909
Paper
Poor owner knowledge of feline reproduction contributes to the high proportion of accidental litters born to UK pet cats
C. P. Welsh, BVSc(Hons), MRCVS 1,
T. J. Gruffydd-Jones, BVetMed, PhD, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS 1,
M. A. Roberts, BVM&S, MRCVS 2 and
J. K. Murray, BSc(Econ), MSc, PhD 1
+ Author Affiliations
1 University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences, Langford House, Langford, Somerset BS40 5DU, UK
2 Cats Protection, National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 7TT

Abstract

‘Accidental’ litters contribute to population growth and the number of unwanted animals entering animal welfare organisations. Assessing the problem's extent and determining risk factors enables identification of education targets. Data were obtained from 715 cat-owning households in a cross-sectional telephone survey. Demographic and lifestyle factors were assessed for their association with accidental litters and with owner knowledge of cat reproduction. A total of 128 litters were reported from 552 female cats, and the proportion of accidental litters reported by owners was 80 per cent. Multivariable analysis identified that respondents were more likely to report an accidental litter of kittens if they believed a female cat should have a litter prior to being neutered, if they had more than one cat and if they rented rather than owned their home. Misconceptions relating to cat reproduction were common. The opinion that the youngest age a cat could get pregnant was five months of age (or older) was held by 83.5 per cent of cat-owning respondents, with over a quarter (26.4 per cent; 174/659) believing a queen is unable to conceive until at least a year of age. Almost half the respondents (49.0 per cent; 334/682) believed a female cat should have a litter before being neutered or were not sure; 38.8 per cent (264/681) thought that un-neutered, related cats would not mate or were not sure. This study suggests that improving cat-owner knowledge of the reproductive capacity of cats is likely to have a significant impact on the numbers of accidental litters born.

Accepted September 30, 2013.
Published Online First 16 December 2013
Press release Unwanted kittens and misinformed owners

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related:

* Feral Cat Blog! keyword early spay
* my Early spay neuter webpage which needs updating! Kustritz has another paper out Pros, Cons, and Techniques of Pediatric Neutering.

Kauai feral cat task force draft recommendations

The Kauai Feral Cat Task Force has continued adding background info articles over the past few months. It is always interesting to see which are used and I am familiar with cat issue materials. Last week I read the newly added FCTF Draft Recommendations. The final meeting is February 10.

In December I read that Kauai County council would consider cat licensing fees at the January 15 meeting. A news article today indicates:
Wednesday, the County Council’s Finance and Economic Development Committee voted 3-2 to approve Bill 2517 and send it back to the full seven-member body for final approval.

Kauai County council meeting agendas, minutes, webcast meetings for review.

Kauai Bill 2517 for Ordinance - Cat Licensing Program

Cat licensing was one of the many significant cat and animal issues I researched beginning in early 2000's for which there still is no clear unbiased factual information to promote, and leaders or "experts" are unable to discuss. Any genuine efforts to resolve conflicting issues about feral cats in Kauai or elsewhere are appreciated (nonnlethal and nontoxic solutions for all species, please) -- it is a challenging and frustrating task.

renewed ABC Cats Indoors! campaign with Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation

Renewed Cats Indoors! campaign by longtime opponent of freeroam cats and trap neuter release or return American Bird Conservancy partnering with recent opponent Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation (HAHF) of Florida:

New Nationwide Public Service Announcement Campaign Encourages "Cats Indoors" Efforts
No Credible Debate Against the Many Benefits of Keeping Cats Indoors

ABC Programs > Policy > Cats > PSA's

I’ve said, the original ABC Cats Indoors! program (and HSUS Safe Cats years ago) encouraging owned cats to be kept indoors would have been promotable if it did not result in removal and shelter killing of homeless or lost cats. The Feral Cat Blog! recurring message has been: Please keep companion cats indoors, contained, or supervised as possible (with appropriate attention and enrichment) and trap neuter return unowned cats. It is amazing that a small portion of people cause societal issues -- for companion animals, those who do not spay/neuter or keep their pets for life, who allow their dogs off-leash or to run freely (dogs should have time and space to run free where they do not impact others,) those who abuse or neglect animals.

In August 2012 HAHF began a local campaign against freeroam cats and TNR. Now they're planning a new spay neuter clinic. [Note the claim regarding standard of care at "many low cost clinics," a long-time periodic claim by some veterinarians across the nation. See my 2008 post Shelter Veterinarians spay neuter clinic guidelines.]

NEW NOT-FOR-PROFIT CLINIC PLANNED!
Posted on December 27, 2013 by don.thompson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tampa, Florida – December 31, 2013 – The Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation (HAHF) is proud to announce the decision to immediately begin establishing a Spay/Neuter Clinic for those who are less fortunate and have pets in need of basic services. The Foundation is supported by more than 40 local veterinary hospitals, and this new effort is yet another outreach of those clinics and represents a concrete expression of their selfless service. While service to our local pets and their owners is part of the daily life of veterinarians, this new clinic will expand the charitable contributions already provided by our member hospitals. Most critically, providing low cost and free services for sterilization of pets aids the implementation of the “Be the Way Home” Plan (BTWH) recently adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. The Foundation and all its members want to enhance and support the new County mission to reduce the euthanasia of unwanted animals – and this is another important step in the long-term task before us.
This new not-for-profit clinic will be operated under guiding principles that include an improved standard of care (compared to many low cost clinics), cooperation with rescue groups that adhere to basic Responsible Pet Ownership principles as outlined in the AWAKE program, and required means testing. With an emphasis on serving those truly in need, our clinic will focus on service to single parent households, veterans of our military, and the elderly; however, any person with demonstrable need will have their pets cared for with love and compassion. Along with pet sterilizations, our new clinic will also provide basic core vaccines and other minimal necessary services for pets. Lease space is being secured now, and the opening is expected to occur this Spring.

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related Feral Cat Blog! posts:

Feral Cat Blog! keyword cats indoors - use your browser's Edit/Find function with keyword cats indoors to jump down quickly.

Also use the search box at left of top blue menu bar to enter keywords such as ABC or American Bird Conservancy, opposition, opponent and so on.

TWS and SCB letter to DOI to eradicate feral cats

Another letter to the US Department of the Interior DOI from opponents of freeroam cats and Trap Neuter Return or Release, this one from The Wildlife Society TWS and Society for Conservation Biology SCB.

Scientific Societies Call for Protection of Public Lands and Wildlife from Feral Cats

[excerpt]
The Wildlife Society (TWS) and Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), in a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell dated 7 January 2014, have requested that the Department develop a “clear, comprehensive management plan that will protect public land and wildlife from feral cats.”

[excerpt]

The science clearly shows that feral cats can be damaging to ecosystems, especially in unnaturally high numbers created by human-managed colonies. TNR fails to adequately control predation by feral cats, because it does not eradicate feral cat populations. We strongly encourage you to oppose TNR programs on DOI lands, and create a management plan more effective for dealing with feral cats. Due to the documented limitations of TNR in alleviating feral cat impacts on threatened and endangered species, and the current lack of comprehensive and consistent guidelines for feral cat management on DOI lands, we request that a department-wide policy implements a swift action plan to eradicate feral cats on lands managed by the DOI.

So the word eradication is finally used. Among other old "evidence" is citation of the so-called study published in Nature in 2013, Impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife, created by biased freeroam cat/TNR opponents Loss Will Marra (Smithsonianan and USFWS.) This TWS and SCB letter to DOI is hosted on ABC with the link located on the Cats Indoors! helpful resources page.

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Previous related Feral Cat Blog! posts:
* in March/April 2011 ABC Sign On Letter Calls for Interior Department to Develop Feral Cat Policy [one place to view that letter is on Atlanta Audubon's IBA Advocacy webpage.]
* in November 2013: Freeroam cats on public lands - ABC to DOI.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Cats Safe at Home: Portland Audubon and Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

It is gratifying to see a few animal groups finally promoting what one has urged for years (from my extensive initial and continued research to define the problems and find solutions for all aspects of community cat and animal issues, homeless and shelter animals and shelter killing.) But the delay was needless and frustrating. In the early days, just to get my Neuter/Spay resource webpages linked was challenging, many animal groups were obstructive.

Another cats and wildlife campaign, slightly different than the previous, was just announced, Keeping cats indoors protects pets and wildlife, animal-welfare groups say
The “Cats Safe at Home” campaign is a collaborative initiative between the Audubon Society of Portland, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Multnomah County Animal Services and Washington County Animal Services.
It’s a different take on an earlier campaign between the Audubon Society and the Feral Cat Coalition advocating for owners to keep cats indoors.
“I think the message we were inadvertently sending was that there was only one solution, when it’s actually a continuum,” says Bob Sallinger, the Audubon's conservation director. “We wanted to convey that there’s a wide range of things people can do.”
The groups hope to convince cat owners that keeping their cats indoors – or at least not permitting felines to roam freely outside – is safer for pets and the environment.

[For those unaware, FCCO and the county shelters are already partners in Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP,) another praised effort that was unfortunately years in coming while individuals and small animal groups worked on the issues waiting for help.]

All cat and wildlife groups nationwide, please just agree now to promote and implement the multiple, simultaneous owned and unowned cat programs and campaigns needed, much as outlined in the 1998 book Save Our Strays by Bob Christiansen, and a few other no-kill or progressive animal protection pioneers. Wildlife groups, if you want fewer cats, cats to not harm wildlife, or cats out of wildlife areas, help with the nonlethal and nontoxic solutions that already exist. As I pointed out to cat and animal leaders from inception, a small group of opponents to freeroam cats and trap neuter release restrengthened efforts a few years ago to deliberately exaggerate and misrepresent cat issues, in particular regarding disease and cats killing wildlife as well as to finally admit and promote they wanted removal by killing or "euthanasia."

Last year I noticed feral cats were to be discussed at the November 2013 meeting of the Oregon Invasive Species Council. Sallinger of Portland Audubon, Krause of FCCO and Grant Sizemore of American Bird Conservancy were among attendees. In December I asked Karen of FCCO what the plan is; no response. Over a decade ago I searched and found any info in my state and nationwide regarding cat issues including feral -- to have it on hand for use -- such as animal control, ordinances, legal and policy, agencies authority, state wildlife species classification, state and city invasive species agencies, nuisance and pest operators, veterinary, shelter killing statistics, cat research, my work to get feral cat and TNR information to Oregon Association of Counties and League of Oregon Cities, and so on, always sharing info with Karen of FCCO who never seemed to already know. I've mentioned Sallinger's presentations on this project including the upcoming Vertebrate Pest Conference.

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related previous Feral Cat Blog! posts:

Contain cats (wherever possible) - June 2005

Good for cats - good for wildlife - April 2008

Use search box at top of blog with keywords such as cats and wildlife.

The right sidebar of the Feral Cat Blog! has for years contained links to cats and wildlife projects, to the OSU Indoor Cats initiative, to finding lost cats (Cats in the Bag) and so on.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Bird mortality from window collisions: value of imperfect science > Machtans and Thogmartin

See also the post directly under this: Bird-building collision estimates of annual mortality > Loss, Will, Loss, Marra and also my December 2013 post bird collision deaths at wind facilities in US

The Condor Issue in Progress January 2014
Published by: Cooper Ornithological Society

The Condor 116(1):3-7. 2014
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-13-134.1
Understanding the value of imperfect science from national estimates of bird mortality from window collisions
Comprendre la valeur d'une science imparfaite à partir des estimations nationales de mortalité d'oiseaux dues aux collisions contre les fenêtres
Craig S. Machtans 1* and Wayne E. Thogmartin 2
1 Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
2 U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin, USA

ABSTRACT
The publication of a U.S. estimate of bird–window collisions by Loss et al. is an example of the somewhat contentious approach of using extrapolations to obtain large-scale estimates from small-scale studies. We review the approach by Loss et al. and other authors who have published papers on human-induced avian mortality and describe the drawbacks and advantages to publishing what could be considered imperfect science. The main drawback is the inherent and somewhat unquantifiable bias of using small-scale studies to scale up to a national estimate. The direct benefits include development of new methodologies for creating the estimates, an explicit treatment of known biases with acknowledged uncertainty in the final estimate, and the novel results. Other overarching benefits are that these types of papers are catalysts for improving all aspects of the science of estimates and for policies that must respond to the new information.

Received: October 30, 2013; Accepted: October 30, 2013

Keywords: Estimates, window collisions, mortality

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previous related Feral Cat Blog! posts:
use search box in menu bar at top of blog with keywords such as: avian mortality, Loss Will Marra, Machtans, Partners in Flight, Cats in Canada, Pete Blancher, Peter Marra, Tom Will, Scott Loss, American Bird Conservancy ABA, The Wildlife Society TWS, US Fish and Wildlife FWS, bird deaths, anthropogenic, human dimensions, Nico Dauphine, Tri Shared Vision TriLat.org, NAOC, NABCI, AFWA fishwildlife.org and many more!

Bird-building collision estimates of annual mortality > Loss, Will, Loss, Marra

I mentioned in my November 2013 post Impact of cats on wildlife media that Loss, Will and Marra (opponents to freeroam cats and Trap Neuter Release who provided misinformation about estimated avian mortality by cats) were to provide estimates of avian mortality by several other causes such as roads, power lines, buildings, and wind farms. In December 2013 I shared the Loss Will Marra publication on Bird Collision deaths at wind facilities. Now available is their paper on Bird-building collisions, with the addition of Sara Loss as an author. See also the next post sharing a related paper in the same edition of The Condor titled: Understanding the value of imperfect science from national estimates of bird mortality from window collisions by Machtans and Thogmartin.

The Condor Issue in Progress January 2014
Published by: Cooper Ornithological Society

The Condor 116(1):8-23. 2014
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-13-090.1
Bird–building collisions in the United States: Estimates of annual mortality and species vulnerability
Colisiones entre aves y edificios en los Estados Unidos: Estimaciones de mortalidad anual y vulnerabilidad de especies

Scott R. Loss 1,a*, Tom Will 2, Sara S. Loss 1 ,and Peter P. Marra 1
1 Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, Washington, DC, USA
2 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Birds, Midwest Regional Office, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
a Current address: Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

ABSTRACT
Building collisions, and particularly collisions with windows, are a major anthropogenic threat to birds, with rough estimates of between 100 million and 1 billion birds killed annually in the United States. However, no current U.S. estimates are based on systematic analysis of multiple data sources. We reviewed the published literature and acquired unpublished datasets to systematically quantify bird–building collision mortality and species-specific vulnerability. Based on 23 studies, we estimate that between 365 and 988 million birds (median = 599 million) are killed annually by building collisions in the U.S., with roughly 56% of mortality at low-rises, 44% at residences, and <1% at high-rises. Based on >92,000 fatality records, and after controlling for population abundance and range overlap with study sites, we identified several species that are disproportionately vulnerable to collisions at all building types. In addition, several species listed as national Birds of Conservation Concern due to their declining populations were identified to be highly vulnerable to building collisions, including Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis), Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa), and Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum). The identification of these five migratory species with geographic ranges limited to eastern and central North America reflects seasonal and regional biases in the currently available building-collision data. Most sampling has occurred during migration and in the eastern U.S. Further research across seasons and in underrepresented regions is needed to reduce this bias. Nonetheless, we provide quantitative evidence to support the conclusion that building collisions are second only to feral and free-ranging pet cats, which are estimated to kill roughly four times as many birds each year, as the largest source of direct human-caused mortality for U.S. birds.

Received: October 9, 2013; Accepted: October 17, 2013

Keywords: anthropogenic mortality, Birds of Conservation Concern, individual residence, low-rise, high-rise, systematic review, window collision
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previous related Feral Cat Blog! posts:
use search box in menu bar at top of blog with keywords such as: avian mortality, Loss Will Marra, Machtans, Partners in Flight, Cats in Canada, Pete Blancher, Peter Marra, Tom Will, Scott Loss, American Bird Conservancy ABA, The Wildlife Society TWS, US Fish and Wildlife FWS, bird deaths, anthropogenic, human dimensions, Nico Dauphine, Tri Shared Vision TriLat.org, NAOC, NABCI, AFWA fishwildlife.org and many more!

Friday, January 03, 2014

AVMA The Conversation - animal welfare issues - freeroam cats

American Veterinary Medical Association

The Conversation
AVMA seeks to promote intraprofessional dialogue about animal welfare issues

Story and photos by R. Scott Nolen
Dec. 18, 2013

[excerpts - always read entire]

The conference, titled “Can You Hear Me Now? The Conversation,” was held Nov. 14-15, 2013, and featured a group of internationally renowned veterinarians, animal scientists, and ethicists who spent the first day presenting the scientific, social, political, market, and legal aspects of how and why animal welfare decisions are made. The next day, attendees split into small groups to conduct welfare assessments on captive elephant handling; feral and owned free-roaming cats; housing for egg-laying hens and feral horses; and the use of rats in multiple sclerosis research.

[Dr. J. Bruce Nixon, chair of The Conversation Working Group] said this group was restricted to veterinarians, because they need to learn how to discuss these things internally before turning to external discussions.

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The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Vol 44 - No. 4 December, 2013

[excerpts - always read entire]

AVMA News

Can you hear me now?
An intraprofessional conversation about animal welfare

Following the lectures, “Challenges for Veterinarians” were presented by members of a panel.

• Martha Smith-Blackmore, Animal Rescue League of Boston
The issues of shelter medicine: kill/no kill (aka open admission/limited admission); spays in the shelter vs. at private practitioners; feral cats, trap neuter release; labeling breeds such as pit bulls; veterinary care for the poor; and convenience euthanasia

On the second day of the workshop, attendees were assigned to discussion groups which intentionally contained veterinarians from different backgrounds. The groups were given scenarios related to animal welfare and were asked to assess and judge two approaches that were used to address an issue. A standard assessment method involving three interacting elements was used for the assessment of the animals: 1) health and physiological function; 2) behavioral integrity and 3) the affective or inner psychological state. Then the groups were asked to evaluate their assessment within the current social context or “filters” which were based upon economics, environmental impact, regulations, views of society, etc. The scenarios involved housing for bull elephants, humane endpoints in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, selection of different types of layer housing, management strategies for free roaming cats, and management strategies for feral horses. Experts in the field gave their assessments following presentations by the group.

Cook County court decision upheld over Bridgeview appeal on feral cat ordinance

Appreciation to Dr. Donna Alexander of Cook County Animal and Rabies Control and the many wonderful cat caregivers and groups in Chicagoland!

December 27, 2013

IN THE APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

COUNTY OF COOK v. VILLAGE OF BRIDGEVIEW

ORDER

HELD: Trial court correctly determined that the Village of Bridgeview lacked the statutory and home rule authority to enact its feral cat ordinance.

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see previous related Feral Cat Blog! posts using keywords such as Cook County, Chicago, ordinance, law, legal, legislation, policy in the search box of at left of top blue menu bar

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Florida animal shelter statistics 2012

I mentioned in April 2013 that legislation for the Florida Transparency Act of 2013 would require animal shelters to keep and provide statistics beginning July 2013, meaning intake or entry and “disposition” or outcome categories, including “euthanasia” or killing.

In August 2013 Maddie's Shelter Medicine at University Florida started a research project, a statewide initiative to obtain a snapshot of Florida's shelter animal census; you'll see recent results.

Information was also presented at the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference in partnership with Best Friends’ October 2013 No More Homeless Pets National Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

FLORIDA SHELTER ANIMAL CENSUS: A SNAPSHOT OF STATEWIDE INTAKE AND DISPOSITION
CC Miller 1, JK Levy 1, PC Crawford 1, SJ Tucker 1, MP Parker 1.
1 Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.


The purpose of this study was to create an inventory of animal shelters operating in Florida and to develop the first ever census of Florida shelter animals. As of October 7, 2013, data were received from 110 Florida shelters. These shelters represent most of the large agencies that take in the vast majority of animals in the state. Several shelters were unable to report their data due to lack of adequate recordkeeping and several refused to participate.

Like many other Southern states, Florida shelters took in large numbers of animals, especially strays, and experienced a high euthanasia rate in 2012. Since this is the first statewide census, it is not possible to identify whether intake and euthanasia are improving or worsening in the state. Lack of oversight of Florida sheltering organizations impedes the collection of data that would be useful for transparency to the public and accountability for the shelters.

An interim analysis of the data for 2012 reveals that shelters admitted 213,763 dogs and 233,806 cats for a total of 447,569, with more animals admitted as strays than owner-surrenders. Dogs were more likely to be adopted than cats, while twice as many cats were euthanized as dogs. The statewide intake rate was 23 cats & dogs per 1,000 residents. The statewide euthanasia rate was 11 cats & dogs per 1,000 residents. The overall live release rate for the state was found to be 50% (live release/live intake), including 37% for cats
and 64% for dogs.

I'll add this to my Statewide Animal Shelter Statistics webpage when I have the opportunity as I have various updates to make.

other relevant Feral Cat Blog! posts using keyword animal shelter statistics - scroll down!

animal shelter statistics > 2013 national campaign ShelterAnimalsCount.org

Every year in the animal protection field there are new initiatives and campaigns that one hopes will improve animal lives and end shelter killing as well as provide much-needed factual information. Some initiatives seem to add impact while others fade away.

In his 1998 book Save Our Strays, Bob Christiansen outlined the need for animal shelter statistics. Even basic numbers allow some simple analysis and needed programs. The "statistical black hole" for pet population and shelter factual information has been noted for years. For animal shelter statistics, I've mentioned several efforts over the years like the controversial Maddie's Asilomar Accords. Until animal shelters and national groups come up with a variety of basic information, volunteer (unpaid) individuals and small animal groups have labored to fill in gaps.

So in 2013, "Shelter Animals Count: the national database project" is announced, a project of the National Federation of Humane Societies NFHS. The Shelter Animals Count project was to debut at the 2013 Best Friends No More Homeless Pets conference in October, and there was a presentation at the November 2013 SAWA conference (Society of Animal Welfare Administrators) where various presentations were given under Using Data to Improve Effectiveness including Shelter Animals Count

Working on this for several years, NFHS had to agree on what basic statistics to gather. There are several versions of the NFHS Matrix, I have some from 2011 and 2013, all include the Return to field term under Outcomes. Return to field was a term ASPCA used in their Charleston Community Cat program as I mentioned in 2011 to the ED of a major cat group when providing them information about community cat programs modeled on Feral Freedom in Jacksonville.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014 Community cats presentations

In the last few years national animal groups finally began to focus on the need for community programs for cats that differ from those for dogs as outlined by Bob Christiansen in his 1998 book Save Our Strays (individuals and small animal groups have worked on since) as explained in Four. Comprehensive, community spay/neuter programs, Six. Programs to deal with the uncontrolled reproduction of feral cats, and elsewhere. Many cat advocates and shelter workers may still be unaware of recent usage of terms or phrases related to cats such as community cat, SNR Shelter Neuter Return, RTF return to field, rethinking the cat, new shelter paradigm, feral shelter intake reduction, etc.

a few upcoming webinars, presentations, conferences in 2014: (so far most seem to include content or variations given previously at varied venues that I've posted about)

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2014 Webinars - Supporting Community Cats
Humane Society of the United States and PetSmart Charities.

From January - September, 2014 Supporting Community Cats will offer one free webinar per month in each of three tracks:

Colony Level: This track will present background info about Trap-Neuter-Return and the hands-on skills needed to properly pactice TNR
Community Level: Designed for experienced TNR practitioners and those aiming to impact cats on a large scale
Hot Topics: Here's where you'll find frank discussion and exploration of the field's most challenging topics, like the all-too-often seen conflicts that arise between advocates for feral cats and wildlife

JANUARY 2014 3 dates 3 topics - presented by Kortis (PetSmart)

FEBRUARY 2014 3 dates 3 topics - Presenters Lisnik and Peterson (HSUS), Kortis, Tudor (Indy Feral)

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Rethinking the Cat Symposia
In 2014, The HSUS will be on the ground in 6 regions to bring a daylong training to shelter and rescue folks, cat caretakers, and animal control agencies. Learn the latest programs designed to help community and owned cats through boosting adoptions, reducing population, and keeping cats in loving homes. Trainings will be held in New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon/Washington, Texas, and Virginia.

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6th Annual Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference
May 18th – May 20th, 2014 in Orlando, FL.

For shelter professionals
Continuing education credits

UFL Shelter Med Conference Agenda

[related excerpt]

Monday May 19

Tipping Point 2014 – Radically Rethinking our Response to Cats
Dr. Kate Hurley

Novel Approaches to Community Cat Management
Jon Cicerelli, , Dr. Kate Hurley, and Dr. Julie Levy

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related previous Feral Cat Blog! post: Feline shelter intake reduction-Keeping cats out of shelters - January 20, 2013