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  1. 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.

  2. Protecting Cats in Michigan

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    michigan_action_wrapperMacomb County Animal Shelter in Michigan has adopted a lifesaving TNR program. But some cities in the county want to stop using the shelter’s services so that they can keep killing feral cats. Alley Cat Allies has been working with local groups and individuals to encourage these cities to save cats’ lives.

    Thanks to everyone who has spoken out against inhumane policies for cats—and to the dedication of the shelter and local groups—two cities in Macomb County have already agreed to a TNR pilot program with the shelter.

    We are producing educational materials for Macomb County to hand out to educate community members about feral cats and TNR, and we will continue to support the shelter as it expands its TNR program to protect the lives of cats.

    Read our Advocacy Toolkit to learn how to help your own community adopt humane policies and programs for cats.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.