Workshop, Using the Cat Healthy Adoption Checklist to Improve the Lives of Adopted Cats

Dr. Liz O'Brien, DVM, DABVP (Feline), The Cat Healthy Clinic
Karen Reichheld, Hamilton Burlington SPCA

During this workshop attendees will be able to use a step by step implementation of the Cat Healthy Shelter Adoption Checklist and the other Cat Healthy adoption resources. You will be taught how to use the checklist to educate newly adoptive families about the importance of feline preventive healthcare and environmental needs. Practical methods and tools on how to build the bridge between the shelter and veterinary team will also be included.

Key learnings:
1. How to routinely implement the use of the Shelter Adoption Checklist on the adoption floor.
2. How to connect the newly adoptive family and the cat’s medical records to a veterinary team without steering.
3. How to properly fill out the checklist as an adoption tool.


Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) O’Brien DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Dr. Liz graduated from OVC in 1985 and became a Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in feline practice in 1999. She is the owner of two successful feline only practices in Hamilton, Ontario where she continues to work in the trenches as a practitioner and a passionate advocate for the welfare of cats. Dr. Liz is the visionary for Cat Healthy, whose mission is to increase the value of owned, homeless and feral cats in communities across Canada. Through her leadership, Dr. Liz brought together the six board certified feline specialists in Canada and industry partners to create the Cat Healthy initiative. She was recipient of the CVMA Small Animal Practitioner of the Year Award for 2014.

Karen Reichheld
Karen has been the current manager of animal care and adoptions for the HBSPCA for the past five years. As the HBSPCA leader for the Cat Healthy Shelter Adoption Checklist Pilot Project. Karen has help organize the pilot project and educate her team. Through Karen’s leadership the pilot project has grown to include the creation of communication workshops, educational tools for staff training, educational resources about feline preventive healthcare and environmental needs for new cat owners and families visiting the shelter and a new Cat Healthy Adoption Specialist certification program.