Willamette Humane Society partners with University Shelter Medicine Programs in Million Cat Challenge
Willamette Humane Society is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It’s all part of a joint campaign of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.
The Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Willamette Humane Society is applying four of the five initiatives.
Schedule intake of cats to match the shelter’s ability to assure humane care and safe movement through the shelter system to an appropriate outcome for every cat.
Alternatives to Intake
Provide positive alternatives to keep cats in the home or community when admission to a shelter is not the best choice.
Capacity for Care
Match the number of cats cared for at any one time with the capacity required to assure the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare for all cats in the shelter.
Removing Barriers to Adoption
Expand the pool of adopters by removing barriers to adoption such as cost, process, or location.
“The shelters who have taken the Challenge are leading the way in finding and implementing new approaches to saving cats’ lives,” said Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis program.
“Willamette Humane Society is thinking outside the kennel to save lives by implementing programs such as intake by appointment, our free Spay-a-Stray Trap Neuter Return program, expanded off-site adoptions through Kitten-Kaboodle, and our free Barn Cat Adoption Promotion for working cats,” said BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society.
About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training — and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 1,100 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.
About the Million Cat Challenge
The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Drs. Levy and Hurley are available for interviews. For more information, visit http://www.millioncatchallenge.org/.
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