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  1. Johnson County Animal Shelter Reaches Lifesaving Milestone

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    Janet Correll, President and Director of Operations at the Humane Society of Johnson County cuddles a kitten at the shelter.

    Janet Correll, President and Director of Operations at the Humane Society of Johnson County cuddles a kitten at the shelter.

    Ready for some great news? We’re happy to share that our Future Five Shelter Partners in Franklin, Indiana have hit a huge milestone: No cats killed in the month of May!

    Thanks to our guidance through the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program, the establishment of new lifesaving initiatives, and the tremendous collaborative efforts between Johnson County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Johnson County, all the cats entering the shelter were saved.

    Thanks to their efforts to embrace humane policies for cats hundreds of lives will be saved each year. Three cheers to our shelter partners!

    Read the article.
    Learn more about our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program.
    Support our work to save cats’ lives.

  2. Future Five Shelters Reach Milestones

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    Sassy is now spayed, vaccinated, eartipped, and back in her outdoor home.

    Sassy is now spayed, vaccinated, eartipped, and back in her outdoor home.

    The animal shelters chosen for our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program have already made significant progress in their journeys to become model shelters.

    Thanks to your support, Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in West Virginia reached a milestone by starting a new Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. On December 17, 2013, Sassy was the first cat to go through the shelter’s TNR program.

    Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Florida has also made major changes—it now performs early-age spay/neuter. Partners Johnson County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Johnson County in Indiana have worked with Alley Cat Allies to educate animal control officers about TNR—even changing some skeptics into supporters! They’ve also purchased more humane traps, so more cats can be ready for spay/neuter on any given day.

    Read about the other shelter partners’ progress and watch video updates.

  3. A Visit with Indiana Future Five Shelter Partner

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    JCAC-photo_webAlley Cat Allies staff recently visited Franklin, Indiana to present a series of workshops and catch up with our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives shelters, the Humane Society of Johnson County and Johnson County Animal Control.

    On March 11, we presented a public Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) workshop and had a great discussion afterward with the attendees. Then on March 12, we visited with the Humane Society of Johnson County and discussed putting policies in place that they can follow to protect the lives of cats, using examples from other shelters that have successful TNR programs. That night, our “Train the Trainer” workshop drew an audience representing five surrounding counties—great news for the future of TNR workshops in Indiana!

    Finally, on March 13, we hosted a shelter staff workshop and gave local animal control officers, dispatchers, and other shelter staff the tools they need to understand and implement TNR. One animal control officer said after the workshop, “Honestly, before I was against it, but now I’m for it.” That’s proof positive that spreading awareness can create change in your community!

    Learn more about the Future Five program.

  4. Extreme Makeover: Shelter Edition

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    A Visit with Lee County Domestic Animal Services
    kitten_newssiteAs part of our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program, we recently visited shelter partner Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) in Fort Myers, Fla. to check in and provide training and guidance. We found that the shelter has already made impressive strides in its “makeover” into a model shelter.

    After reviewing model shelter policies and presentations by shelter medicine expert Kate Hurley, DVM, Alley Cat Allies’ National Cat Help Desk Manager Brianna Brumbaugh trained key shelter and animal control staff on developing humane programs for cats.

    Brumbaugh trained the front desk staff on humane cat deterrents to prepare them to respond to calls and questions. During her stay, she also rode along with the shelter’s lead volunteer responding to calls about community cats and noted how great she was at explaining TNR and working with the public.

    The shelter’s director Donna Ward shared her “a-ha” moment that made her realize the shelter system needs to change. Once, she was about to return a cat to her outdoor home as part of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), but decided to take the cat back to the shelter and put her up for adoption because she was friendly. Ward then went out of town, and while she was gone the cat developed an upper respiratory infection and was “euthanized” (i.e. killed). The moral of the story: TNR would have been the better outcome. That’s what the Future Five program is all about: shelters creating positive outcomes for cats.

    The shelter has already made some major changes. LCDAS now performs early-age spay/neuter and will be adopting out cats who test positive for FELV or FIV.

    Learn more about the other Future Five Shelter Partners’ transformations.

  5. Alley Cat Allies to Host Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Workshop in Partnership with Johnson County Animal Shelter

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    As part of the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program we are hosting a Trap-Neuter-Return workshop at the Johnson County Courthouse Annex in Franklin, Indiana so community members can learn the basics of this humane and effective program from our expert staff.

    The workshop will take place Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. More details »

    Our Special Programs Manager, Amanda Novotny, will lead the workshop. A meet-and-greet will follow.

    Read the press release.

  6. Florida Future Five Shelter Partner Shares Video Update

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    Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Fort Myers, Fla., one of our Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives shelters, shared this video update on the shelter’s progress in becoming a model shelter.

    Shelter Director Donna Ward explains why the shelter implemented Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). She also shares a sneak peak of TNR in process at the shelter’s clinic, and how they’re keeping feral cats comfortable before their spay/neuter surgeries. Don’t miss special guest Scratcher, the shelter cat!

    Learn more about our Future Five Shelter Partner: Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
    See how our other Future Five Shelter Partners are doing.

  7. The Future Five: These Shelters Are Committed to Lifesaving Changes for Cats

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    In October a group of Alley Cat Allies staff members visited the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in West Virginia at the invitation of its new shelter director, Chelsea Staley. Chelsea was justifiably excited: She’d been appointed interim director of a shelter in crisis where “euthanizing” was the norm, but she was turning things around. She’d heard that Alley Cat Allies wanted to partner with shelters committed to adopting lifesaving solutions for cats, and couldn’t wait to show us that she and her team meant business.

    We didn’t take much convincing. A drastic reduction in “euthanasia” rates, significant changes in shelter operations, and a well-attended community Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) training that showed strong public support pointed toward a promising partnership. Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association became the first shelter chosen for our new grant program called the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives.

    Feral cats do not belong in shelters--they live outdoors and are not socialized to people.

    Feral cats do not belong in shelters–they live outdoors and are not socialized to people.

    The selected shelters have all committed to an official Feral Cat Protection Policy, which means that they will stop impounding and killing feral cats and support TNR, a humane program for outdoor cats. When shelters stop the cycle of impounding and killing healthy feral cats, a paradigm shift occurs. They receive community buy-in, cats are protected, and their resources are redirected to support effective lifesaving programs.

    Kanawha/Charleston was a logical fit for our grant program. “In just a few short months, Chelsea has started the process to transform the shelter to a compassionate halfway house for animals,” says Juliana deRosa, Senior Manager of Community Engagement for Alley Cat Allies. “In fact, no feral cats have been euthanized since the inception of their Shelter-Neuter-Return program.” As in TNR programs, cats in Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR) programs are vaccinated, sterilized, and returned to the location where they were found; the only difference is the brief stop at the shelter.

    Each of the shelters chosen for the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives is receiving an award of $5,000 and one year of expert guidance and resources from Alley Cat Allies. Our donor support makes this possible.

    “We are deeply honored to be selected,” says Chelsea, who became director on Oct. 31 following an interim role. “In past years, this shelter—like many others across the country—killed most of the cats who came through its doors. My goal as the new shelter director is to move us toward a model that will include a self-sustaining Shelter-Neuter-Return program for cats. I look forward to partnering with Alley Cat Allies as we work toward that goal.”

    The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association has implemented a new adoption system and also features adoptable animals like Harry on its Facebook page.

    The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association has implemented a new adoption system and also features adoptable animals like Harry on its Facebook page.

    The number one documented cause of death of cats in this country is animal pounds and shelters. More than 70% of all cats—and virtually 100% of feral cats—who enter shelters are killed. Transforming shelters to be lifesaving resources in communities is Alley Cat Allies’ main mission. We are glad to report there has been progress over the past two decades as 350 municipalities nationwide have embraced TNR. Cats who undergo TNR are humanely trapped; transported to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped; and then returned to their original colony homes. Reproduction stops immediately, and the colony size stabilizes and decreases through natural attrition.

    The five shelters chosen—from an applicant pool of large, small, rural, urban, private, and municipal shelters—reflect a cross section of sheltering in our country. Each is receiving customized advice and solutions that reflect their unique obstacles. Along the way we’ll be documenting every step of their journeys so we can provide case studies at the end of the year for other shelters to follow.

    Joining Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program are the following shelters whose strong leaders recognize they have a responsibility to serve their community with humane policies for cats:

    • Bay Minette City Shelter, Bay Minette, Alabama: In 2009, the City of Bay Minette rewrote its animal control ordinance to include a Feral Cat Initiative program at the insistence of Gina Jones, an animal control/cruelty investigator. She campaigned for a citywide TNR program, citing how ineffective the systematic killing of feral cats had been to date, and the evidence to support TNR. Despite having city code and community support, there is limited to no funding available to perform the crucial surgeries and vaccinations.
    Adoptable cats at Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association.

    Adoptable cats at Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association.

    • Johnson County Animal Shelter, Franklin, Indiana: Johnson County recently revised its ordinance to support TNR practices and protect the community’s cats and the people who care for them. The Johnson County Animal Shelter is uniquely positioned, working in close partnership with the Humane Society of Johnson County, to provide hands-on support and education that could save countless cats’ lives throughout the county. All funding received will be used to purchase additional humane traps, fund surgeries and vaccinations for community cats, and develop and expand educational materials and programs available to the community.
    •  Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Fort Myers, Florida: The shelter has been helping feral cats since implementing a TNR program in March 2009 called Operation S.O.S. (Spay Our Strays). They have a proven record of commitment to saving cats’ lives and creating positive community-wide change and need Alley Cat Allies’ support to have an even greater impact.
    •  Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, Modesto, California: The Stanislaus Animal Services Agency wants to save healthy cats. In partnership with the Humane Society of Stanislaus County, they adopted a new project in June, though which community members are encouraged to help humanely trap community cats and bring them to the shelter where they will be evaluated for health issues and socialization/adoption. If healthy, the cats will be spayed/neutered and vaccinated, eartipped, and returned to their community. The agency hopes to be a mentor to other communities in the area and across the
      country.

    Changing an entrenched system isn’t easy. But the first step is recognizing the need for change, and then committing to it. We’re confident these shelters are up for the challenge, and will lead the way for others to follow.

    To learn more about how you can help transform your shelter, visit alleycat.org/Shelters.

  8. The Future Five: These Shelters Are Committed to Lifesaving Changes for Cats

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    In October a group of Alley Cat Allies staff members visited the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in West Virginia at the invitation of its new shelter director, Chelsea Staley. Chelsea was justifiably excited: She’d been appointed interim director of a shelter in crisis where “euthanizing” was the norm, but she was turning things around. She’d heard that Alley Cat Allies wanted to partner with shelters committed to adopting lifesaving solutions for cats, and couldn’t wait to show us that she and her team meant business.

    We didn’t take much convincing. A drastic reduction in “euthanasia” rates, significant changes in shelter operations, and a well-attended community Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) training that showed strong public support pointed toward a promising partnership. Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association became the first shelter chosen for our new grant program called the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives.

    Feral cats do not belong in shelters--they live outdoors and are not socialized to people.

    Feral cats do not belong in shelters–they live outdoors and are not socialized to people.

    The selected shelters have all committed to an official Feral Cat Protection Policy, which means that they will stop impounding and killing feral cats and support TNR, a humane program for outdoor cats. When shelters stop the cycle of impounding and killing healthy feral cats, a paradigm shift occurs. They receive community buy-in, cats are protected, and their resources are redirected to support effective lifesaving programs.

    Kanawha/Charleston was a logical fit for our grant program. “In just a few short months, Chelsea has started the process to transform the shelter to a compassionate halfway house for animals,” says Juliana deRosa, Senior Manager of Community Engagement for Alley Cat Allies. “In fact, no feral cats have been euthanized since the inception of their Shelter-Neuter-Return program.” As in TNR programs, cats in Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR) programs are vaccinated, sterilized, and returned to the location where they were found; the only difference is the brief stop at the shelter.

    Each of the shelters chosen for the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives is receiving an award of $5,000 and one year of expert guidance and resources from Alley Cat Allies. Our donor support makes this possible.

    “We are deeply honored to be selected,” says Chelsea, who became director on Oct. 31 following an interim role. “In past years, this shelter—like many others across the country—killed most of the cats who came through its doors. My goal as the new shelter director is to move us toward a model that will include a self-sustaining Shelter-Neuter-Return program for cats. I look forward to partnering with Alley Cat Allies as we work toward that goal.”

    The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association has implemented a new adoption system and also features adoptable animals like Harry on its Facebook page.

    The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association has implemented a new adoption system and also features adoptable animals like Harry on its Facebook page.

    The number one documented cause of death of cats in this country is animal pounds and shelters. More than 70% of all cats—and virtually 100% of feral cats—who enter shelters are killed. Transforming shelters to be lifesaving resources in communities is Alley Cat Allies’ main mission. We are glad to report there has been progress over the past two decades as 350 municipalities nationwide have embraced TNR. Cats who undergo TNR are humanely trapped; transported to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped; and then returned to their original colony homes. Reproduction stops immediately, and the colony size stabilizes and decreases through natural attrition.

    The five shelters chosen—from an applicant pool of large, small, rural, urban, private, and municipal shelters—reflect a cross section of sheltering in our country. Each is receiving customized advice and solutions that reflect their unique obstacles. Along the way we’ll be documenting every step of their journeys so we can provide case studies at the end of the year for other shelters to follow.

    Joining Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program are the following shelters whose strong leaders recognize they have a responsibility to serve their community with humane policies for cats:

    • Bay Minette City Shelter, Bay Minette, Alabama: In 2009, the City of Bay Minette rewrote its animal control ordinance to include a Feral Cat Initiative program at the insistence of Gina Jones, an animal control/cruelty investigator. She campaigned for a citywide TNR program, citing how ineffective the systematic killing of feral cats had been to date, and the evidence to support TNR. Despite having city code and community support, there is limited to no funding available to perform the crucial surgeries and vaccinations.
    Adoptable cats at Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association.

    Adoptable cats at Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association.

    • Johnson County Animal Shelter, Franklin, Indiana: Johnson County recently revised its ordinance to support TNR practices and protect the community’s cats and the people who care for them. The Johnson County Animal Shelter is uniquely positioned, working in close partnership with the Humane Society of Johnson County, to provide hands-on support and education that could save countless cats’ lives throughout the county. All funding received will be used to purchase additional humane traps, fund surgeries and vaccinations for community cats, and develop and expand educational materials and programs available to the community.
    •  Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Fort Myers, Florida: The shelter has been helping feral cats since implementing a TNR program in March 2009 called Operation S.O.S. (Spay Our Strays). They have a proven record of commitment to saving cats’ lives and creating positive community-wide change and need Alley Cat Allies’ support to have an even greater impact.
    •  Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, Modesto, California: The Stanislaus Animal Services Agency wants to save healthy cats. In partnership with the Humane Society of Stanislaus County, they adopted a new project in June, though which community members are encouraged to help humanely trap community cats and bring them to the shelter where they will be evaluated for health issues and socialization/adoption. If healthy, the cats will be spayed/neutered and vaccinated, eartipped, and returned to their community. The agency hopes to be a mentor to other communities in the area and across the
      country.

    Changing an entrenched system isn’t easy. But the first step is recognizing the need for change, and then committing to it. We’re confident these shelters are up for the challenge, and will lead the way for others to follow.

    To learn more about how you can help transform your shelter, visit alleycat.org/Shelters.

  9. Future Five: Stanislaus Animal Services Agency Video Blog Update

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    Officer Dorothy Nunes, co-manager of Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, talks about the agency’s Trap-Neuter-Return program, community engagement and awareness, and setting an example for shelters across the nation. “Mass euthanasia just doesn’t work. So let’s try something else. Why wouldn’t you give it a shot?” Well said! Check out the video to learn more.

    Learn more about our Future Five Shelter Partner: Stanislaus Animal Services Agency and The Humane Society of Stanislaus County.

  10. Alley Cat Allies to Host Trap-Neuter-Return Workshops in Partnership with Stanislaus Animal Services Agency

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    As part of the Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program, Alley Cat Allies is hosting two Trap-Neuter-Return workshops in Modesto, Calif. so community members can learn the basics of this humane and effective program from our expert staff.

    The workshops will take place February 4 at noon and 6 p.m. More details »

    Our Director of Community Programs and Support Aileen Walden and Community Outreach Manager Anne Marie Vastano will lead the workshops. A reception, with refreshments, will immediately follow each workshop.

    To RSVP, call 209-342-1742.

    Read the press release.