Across Virginia and nationwide, there are many bright spots for cats in need. Creative adoption programs are expanding, euthanasia rates are coming down in many areas, and accessible low-cost spay/neuter options are well-established. However, in many communities, shelter and rescue intake numbers for cats are staying constant. Have we gone as far as our current approaches will carry us to help cats? This is a part of a larger issue that today's humane community is struggling with, which this month’s "Rethinking the Cat" Symposium will begin to address.
This free, day-long training will ask some tough questions about our current approaches and whether or not they will get us to the goals we want for cats – fewer cats being cared for by shelters and rescue groups, an end to the euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats, a reduction in unowned cat populations and a greater number of cats staying in their forever homes. The Symposium brings together nationally recognized experts and local community programs to offer ideas on the potential next steps we can take as a field to reach even more cats and to truly bring us closer to our goals.
Megan Titus, Councilwoman for Delaware City, Delaware, found a Rethinking the Cat Symposium she attended very helpful. “I was feeling overwhelmed trying to figure out how to start a TNR program on my own. While there, I felt that the whole cat community was there to help me. The wealth of information and knowledgeable people was wonderful," Titus said. “After I left I was completely energized and excited to begin my quest to help cats in my town. I have read and used the resources I was given, ordered brochures, door hangers, rubber stamp, posters, made and printed flyers, purchased traps, dividers and cages. I thank you for organizing and presenting the symposium to all of us.”
Those interested in the Rethinking the Cat Symposium can join us for either the community cats track or the adoptable cats track. Better yet, you can send multiple folks to take home ideas from both tracks! If you want to rethink your current approaches and try out something new and exciting, then this training is for you. You can view the agenda and register online here.
The "Rethinking the Cat" Symposium will be held Tuesday, June 17, at the Richmond SPCA's Robins-Starr Humane Center at 2519 Hermitage Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Guest blogger Laura Donahue is the Virginia State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. To read the biographies of our regular bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires a first and last name to be used as your screen name.