SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Ron Gabruck, Director, Animal Care & Control Centre, City of Edmonton
Jamey Blair, Manager, Animal Health & Protection, Edmonton Humane Society
Collaborating with your local municipality makes it easier to provide both quality care for companion animals and superior service to the community and adopters. In this session, you will learn how the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC) and the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) have been working together to help care for homeless, neglected and abused companion animals from within the city as well as the surrounding area.
- Working with and managing relationships with rescue groups and other stakeholders in a consistent manner.
- Developing programs, such as low-cost spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and co-lead adoption/community engagement events.
- Managing intake with the best interests of companion animals in mind.
Ron Gabruck is the Director of the Animal Care & Control Centre for the City of Edmonton. He is a retired police officer and has held a variety of operational and administrative roles during his 35-year career with the City of Edmonton. He is a firm believer in the value of trusted relationships, and the leveraging of mutually beneficial partnerships in the interests of animal welfare.
Jamey Blair has more than five years’ experience in the animal welfare industry and more than ten years of leadership experience. She has previously worked for BC SPCA in the position of Branch Manager in a northern community before joining the EHS Operations team. She currently holds the position of Manager, Animal Health & Protection, leading the animal health, animal protection and animal behaviour departments of the Edmonton Humane Society.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Dr. Toolika Rastogi PhD, Policy and Research Manager, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
In 2012, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) published a groundbreaking national study about the cat overpopulation crisis faced by Canadians and their most popular companion animals. Cats in Canada: A Comprehensive Report on the Cat Overpopulation Crisis presented data and opinions collected from Canadian cat stakeholders, including humane societies, SPCAs, municipalities, veterinarians, rescue organizations, trap-neuter-return groups and spay/neuter organizations. It was the first report of its kind, elaborating on the negative consequences of cat overpopulation, including homelessness, overburdened animal shelters and euthanasia.
In late 2017, CFHS released a follow-on study, looking at changes that have transpired for cats after five years of dedicated focus to this issue. Results from the same stakeholder groups are presented, along with findings of a general population survey of Canadians regarding cat ownership, to reveal the current situation of cats in Canada.
The results tell a "good news, bad news" story. The good news is cat euthanasia rates have declined, cat adoption has risen, sterilization rates appear to be improving and there have been increases in the use and perceived success of TNR and accessible spay/neuter programs. The bad news, however, is that twice as many cats are being admitted to shelters as dogs, the fraction of those who are juvenile is twice as high as for dogs, and there continues to be more cats in shelters than homes available to take them in.
The persistence of cat overpopulation calls for strengthened communication across stakeholder groups and the development of an integrated response to address cat overpopulation. We welcome the opportunity afforded by the conference to engage in discussions about the next steps towards making progress nationally on this issue.
- How cat overpopulation issues have evolved over the last five years in Canada.
- How the 2017 cat overpopulation study was conducted.
- Discussion on how to move forward to end cat overpopulation in Canada.
Policy and Research Manager at the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Dr. Toolika Rastogi leads a number of animal welfare research projects, including the CFHS annual collection of shelter statistics. She currently represents CFHS on the Canadian Council on Animal Care and is a member of the Steering Committee and Science and Technical Advisory Committee for Nature Canada's Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives initiative. Until very recently, she also represented CFHS on the National Farm Animal Care Council. Toolika holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, a postdoctoral certificate in conservation genetics and a Master’s degree in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development Policy.