17 Apr

Animal Control Pledges to Help Save One Million Cats

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The Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control has joined animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It's all part of a joint campaign of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The Million Cat Challenge is based on key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. 

The initiatives are intended to help balance intake, humane capacity within the shelter, and live release rates,” said Diane Webber, Program Manager for the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control.  

Those initiatives include: 

1.Alternatives to intake:  Working with cat owners to provide positive alternatives to keeping cats in the home or community when admission to a shelter is not the best choice.

2.Managed admission:  Scheduling the intake of cats to match the shelter’s ability to assure humane care and safe movement through the shelter system to an appropriate outcome for every cat.

3.Capacity for care: Matching the number of cats cared for at any one time with shelter capacity. 

4.Removing barriers to adoption: Expanding the pool of adopters by removing barriers to adoption such as cost, process, or location.

The initiatives were chosen because they have the potential to create major impact and offer choices for shelters of any size, budget, or intake type.

Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control has already removed some of the barriers to adoption, by offering adoption specials on a regular basis, conducting adoption outreach events throughout the community, and promoting the Cat Companions for Seniors program, which provides altered cats for free along with the supplies necessary to care for them such as a litter box, food/water bowls and toys.  “It’s time we take the next step toward offering better outcomes for cats,” said Ms. Webber.   “We’re hoping the community will work us to make a difference for cats in Cedar Rapids.” 

The Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control shelter is located on the Kirkwood College Campus directly behind Washington Hall.  The shelter is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm, closed Sundays and holidays.
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