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Changes Associated with Improved Outcomes for Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters from 2011 to 2016

By Caroline Audrey Kerr, Jacquie Rand, John Murray Morton, Ronelle Reid, Mandy Paterson

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The aim of this study was to identify changes that contributed to the markedly improved live release of cats in Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland shelters by comparing data from 2011 and 2016. Admission numbers were similar in these two years. The number and percentage euthanized decreased substantially from 58% in 2011 to 15% in 2016. The greatest contributor to this were marked increases in cats rehomed (i.e., adopted). The number of cats adopted doubled from 2011 to 2016, with over half the increase contributed by increased shelter adoptions, and the remainder achieved by increased off-site adoptions, largely through agreements with Petbarn stores. Improved outcomes were facilitated by nearly doubling the number of cats temporarily in foster care. Cats euthanized for behavioral reasons decreased by 85%, including a marked decrease in the number of euthanasias because the cat was deemed feral. Euthanasia of young kittens dramatically decreased. The number of cats reclaimed by their owner was similar in the two years and was only a small contributor to the numbers of cats released live. To achieve further improvements, programs that decrease intake for both stray and owned cats would be beneficial.

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Katie Osborn

Volume 8
Issue 6
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8060095
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/6/95
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  • Caroline Audrey Kerr; Jacquie Rand; John Murray Morton; Ronelle Reid; Mandy Paterson (2018), "Changes Associated with Improved Outcomes for Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters from 2011 to 2016," http://habricentral.org/resources/62965.

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Tags
  1. Adoption
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animal shelters
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Cats
  6. Dogs
  7. Euthanasia
  8. Mammals
  9. open access
  10. Outcomes
  11. peer review
  12. relinquishment
  13. RSPCA
  14. shelters
  15. stray animals
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