High-Volume Trap-Neuter-Return Clinics for Humane Community Cat Management

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 10:30AM-12:00PM

SPEAKER: Dr. Julie Levy, DVM PhD ACVIM, Professor of Shelter Medicine, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program (Ontario Shelter Medicine Association)

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Return-to-Field programs play an increasingly important role in managing community cats to reduce crowding, disease transmission and euthanasia of cats in animal shelters. In addition to providing quality surgical services, clinics must also anticipate and prepare protocols for patient selection, preventive healthcare, infectious disease management, illnesses, injuries and treatment of surgical complications. Policy decisions must balance the needs of individual cats with the deployment of limited resources to have the largest impact on community cat welfare.
Three Key Learnings:
1. Establish cost-effective minimum standards of care for large-scale TNR clinics
2. Develop protocols for managing pre-existing medical conditions
3. Prepare response procedures for medical emergencies and for post-operative complications

Dr. Julie Levy is devoted to the health and welfare of animals in shelters, as well as humane alternatives for cat population control and the development of contraceptive vaccines for cats. She founded Operation Catnip, a university-based TNR program that has sterilized more than 45,000 cats since 1998. In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save one million cats in five years.