The veterinary community is often the first place caring people turn to with questions about cats. It’s critical that veterinary professionals have the information they need to help all cats–whether they’re pet, stray, or feral. When caring for cats understanding cats’ needs and behavior is critical. Alley Cat Allies helps educate veterinary professionals not only by making sure they have the accurate, current, and specialized information they need about cats, but we also help to bring awareness to the big issues that face cats in shelters and society so that they can help advocate on cats’ behalf.
Caring for All Cats
Helping veterinary professionals have the accurate, current, and specialized information they need to advise the public, and treat the furry patients that come in through clinic doors, is part of Alley Cat Allies’ work. We have assisted veterinary schools throughout the country to design new curriculum for students to learn the specialized care and needs of community cats. Through our partnership with the Humane Alliance we have been able to enable more veterinarians to help their communities humanely address community cat populations. As the leaders in community cat care, Alley Cat Allies is here to fill the gaps!
- Veterinary Resource Center – Community cats require a special veterinary approach that takes into account their unique needs and the fact that they are unsocialized to humans. Our resource center gives veterinarians information about community cats, their care, and their needs.
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) – Through a TNR program unowned, outdoor cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor home. By offering services for Trap-Neuter-Return initiatives veterinarians can help even more cats.
Beyond Healthcare: Advocating to Save Cats’ Lives
Cats not only need medical care from veterinary professionals, they need their voice as well. As authorities on cats, veterinarians can play a critical role in speaking up for cats’ wellbeing. We advocate for new protocols and laws around medical treatment of cats and organize and mobilize veterinarians to be advocates for animals.
- Sign the Pledge: Veterinarians Stand Behind Trap-Neuter-Return!
- Feral Friends Network – Our Feral Friends Network includes feline-friendly veterinarians who offer low-cost spay/neuter, and/or full-service treatment for community cats.
- Kitten Care Kit
- Protocols: Surgery
- Special Considerations and Equipment Necessary for Handling a Feral Cat
- Rabies: A Public Health Victory
- Protocols: Pediatric Spay and Neuter
- Shelter Medicine Program Saves Lives and Sets a Precedent
- Alley Cat Allies Hosts Webinar for Veterinary Students
- On World Veterinary Day, Alley Cat Allies Recognizes Veterinarians’ Key Role in Cat Health and Dispelling Myths
- World Veterinary Day is April 25
- Veterinarians Support Trap-Neuter-Return in Letter to JAVMA