Our Every Kitty, Every City® FLORIDA conference last week was an incredible success! We connected with more than 150 amazing advocates and innovators for cats at our venue in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida.
The goal of each Every Kitty, Every City event is to help communities come together to make long-lasting change for cats. At Every Kitty, Every City FLORIDA, we assembled some of the best minds in the field to help attendees jump the big hurdles and save more cats’ lives. It was the perfect opportunity to network, listen to, learn from, and support each other in our critical work for cats.
We’d love to share some of the day’s highlights with you as we get ready for our next Every Kitty, Every City event (hello, Raleigh, NC!).
Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies’ president and founder, took to the podium to set the tone of the day as attendees poured into the ballroom of the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Her keynote speech celebrated Alley Cat Allies’ 30th anniversary this year and our three decades of leading the movement to protect and improve the lives of cats. Then, she discussed how we stop the biggest threats to cats today.
There was no shortage of lifesaving information! The conference featured sessions by top experts, including Jennifer Conrad, DVM, founder and director of The Paw Project, Cameron Moore, program manager of Million Cat Challenge, Howard Baskin, advisory board chairman of Big Cat Rescue, and more.
Alley Cat Allies had a fully-stocked resource library of our most popular educational materials—free to take—ready for everyone. And with our movement to end declawing growing stronger, we featured our call to Oppose Declawing Cats. You can sign, too, just click here.
All this networking and learning can’t be done on an empty stomach. Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed a smorgasbord of delicious food—all vegan, of course! We love all animals, and going vegan is a way to protect them.
At the end of the event, Becky Robinson honored Bob Weedon, DVM, MPH, a nationally respected community cat surgeon, teacher, and volunteer, with The Oliver, Alley Cat Allies’ most prestigious award that recognizes those who show dedication and champion excellence in all facets of lifesaving work for cats.
We thank everybody who attended and we can’t wait to do it all over again soon! We have more Every Kitty, Every City events planned for Alley Cat Allies’ 30th anniversary year, so watch out for more information in the coming weeks.
More highlights from Every Kitty, Every City® FLORIDA
Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project explained why claws are equally important for both big cats and domestic cats, and why declawing must end. She also discussed pain management in cats, and how to help educate your local veterinarians.
In his talks, Dr. Bob Weedon, currently a community cat surgeon at TLC PetSnip, explained why TNR is good for public health and shared the latest on non-surgical sterilization for cats.
Calley Gerber, founding attorney of Gerber Animal Law Center presented her session “Cats and the Law Right Meow.” It was like a mini class on Animal Law!
Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue shared the story of Zeus and Keisha to show us all the great work Big Cat Rescue does to save big cats.
Karen Slomba, executive director of Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, discussed the pretty scary list of reasons given to justify the “euthanasia” of cats during her talk “The NEW Adoptable Cat: Defying the Stigma of FeLV and Other Scary Illnesses.”
Mike Shumate from Pasco County Animal Services told attendees how they saved more cats’ lives just by communicating their need and engaging with the community.
Cameron Moore of Maddie’s Fund, program manager of the Million Cat Challenge, shared that being killed in a shelter is the number one documented cause of death for cats—and how we can change that and save their lives.
Rick DuCharme, founder of First Coast No More Homeless Pets, presented on how spay and neuter programs like TNR are key to protecting and improving the lives of all cats.