Spoiler alert: Even more portals for even more cats! Back in early May, Million Cat Challenge (MCC), founded in 2014 with a gift from Maddie’s Fund, launched the Portalmania 2020 giveaway with a goal of providing 1,500 portals to shelters when animal inventory in North America was at an all-time low. The lifesaving (and roomier digs for shelter kitties!) continues, thanks to the generous support of industry partners.
Medical, Behavior, & Operations working together—yassss! You can see it in action at the 7 centers run by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control, thanks to a cohesive program and inclusive decision-making process created by Senior Veterinarian, Dr. Maria Solacito, and Allie Waszmer, CTC, CDBC, Behavior Division Manager.
Collaborating works—and it starts with communication. You can see this in action at the 7 centers run by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control.
On June 1, #SpayTogether was launched to help shelters and veterinary clinics catch up after COVID-19 forced the temporary suspension of spay/neuter surgeries. The goal of this historic collaboration? 50,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 3 months.
The behavior assessment is always a juicy topic for animal welfare professionals, so it was no surprise that San Francisco SPCA’s Dr. Wailani Sung, DACVB, drew a packed house for her webinar, “Update on Behavior Assessments in the Shelter,” earlier this month.
Have you registered for the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare yet? Hundreds of your colleagues have, and we cannot wait to connect with you all this June 16-17. We checked in with The ASPCA’s Erin Doyle, DVM, DABVP, Senior Director, Shelter Medicine, who will be sharing evidence-based approaches to caring for underage kittens in the shelter setting.
Spring Conference Superhero Session: “Pharmaceutical Challenges in Sheltering” with Dr. Lauren Forsythe
We’re thrilled to see so many of you have registered for the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare, and we get more excited with each passing day about this chance to connect. We checked in with presenter Lauren Forsythe, PHARMD, DICVP, FSVHP, Pharmacy Coordinator, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, who will be covering recordkeeping and reducing costs for compounded and commercial meds.
Passing on a life-saving opportunity (free portals, anyone?!) from Million Cat Challenge. Applications due next Friday, May 15 It is hard to believe that a solution as simple as a hole in the cage wall has been called “the smartest thing we’ve done in the last decade”–but it is true.
Important new information for animal shelters, rescue groups, and foster programs when making a community plan to help COVID-exposed animals needing temporary care! The Association’s Katherine Shenar sat down with Dr. Sandra Newbury, Shelter Medicine Program Director for the University of Wisconsin, for the latest recommendations for pets exposed to COVID-19.