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  1. The Significance of Social Perceptions in Implementing Successful Feral Cat Management Strategies: A Global Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Brooke P. Deak, Bertram Ostendorf, David A. Taggart, David E. Peacock, Douglas K. Bardsley

    This review examines the social aspects that influence feral cat management. In particular, it examines definitions and perceptions of feral cats as a species in different countries and across cultures. Using case studies from around the world, we investigate the factors that can influence...

  2. Implementing Nonlethal Solutions for Free-Roaming Cat Management in a County in the Southeastern United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Francis Hamilton

    From 2006 to 2017, stray or free-roaming cats ranged from 35 to 54% of all animals going into the public shelter in Hillsborough County, Florida. Shelter overcrowding of cats, including free-roaming, feral, or community cats, is a major problem in parts of the world. Issues with free-roaming...

  3. Change the Humans First: Principles for Improving the Management of Free-Roaming Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Lynette J. McLeod, Donald W. Hine, Aaron B. Driver

    In Australia, free-roaming cats can be found in urban and rural areas across the country. They are inherently difficult to manage but it is frequently human behaviour that demands the most attention and is in most need of change. To the frustration of policy makers and practitioners, scientific...

  4. A Long-Term Lens: Cumulative Impacts of Free-Roaming Cat Management Strategy and Intensity on Preventable Cat Mortalities

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    | Contributor(s):: John D. Boone, Philip S. Miller, Joyce R. Briggs, Valerie A. W. Benka, Dennis F. Lawler, Margaret Slater, Julie K. Levy, Stephen Zawistowski

    This study used a previously developed stochastic simulation model (1) to estimate the impact of different management actions on free-roaming kitten and cat mortality over a 10-year period. These longer-term cumulative impacts have not been systematically examined to date. We examined seven...

  5. A Preliminary Description of Companion Cat, Managed Stray Cat, and Unmanaged Stray Cat Welfare in Auckland, New Zealand Using a 5-Component Assessment Scale

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Zito, Jessica Walker, M. Carolyn Gates, Arnja Dale

    Free-roaming cats are a polarizing issue in New Zealand and there is strong need for a comprehensive evaluation of their welfare to better inform population management decisions. In this study, a 5-component visual health-related welfare assessment scale was developed and piloted on a...

  6. Public Opinions on Strategies for Managing Stray Cats and Predictors of Opposition to Trap-Neuter and Return in Brisbane, Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Jacquie Rand, Gina Fisher, Kate Lamb, Andrea Hayward

    A survey of Brisbane residents was undertaken to investigate community attitudes toward urban stray cats and their management. Surveys were distributed to 84 medical and dental practices across Brisbane City, and were completed by 305 patients and staff. Practices were targeted to achieve a...

  7. Attitudes of Veterinary Teaching Staff and Exposure of Veterinary Students to Early-Age Desexing, with Review of Current Early-Age Desexing Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Alannah Jupe, Jacquie Rand, John Morton, Sophie Fleming

    Approximately 50% of cats admitted to Australian shelters are kittens, and 26% of dogs are puppies, and, particularly for cats, euthanasia rates are often high. Cats can be pregnant by 4 months of age, yet the traditional desexing age is 5–6 months, and studies in Australasia and Nth...

  8. Interaction and processes of animal relinquishment: a qualitative study

    | Contributor(s):: Tamara Leigh Rice

    This thesis investigated the process of relinquishing a pet to the Department of Animal Control with the likely outcome of euthanasia for many of the animals left there by their owners. As euthanasia is no longer seen as an acceptable way to solve the pet over population problem those concerned...

  9. The policies of stray pet population control in Lithuania : a study of government contractors as opposed to non-profit volunteer based organizations

    | Contributor(s):: Saulene Taruskaite-Vanebo

    Within the thesis, the trending methods of stray pet population care and control are considered, the emphasis put on the differences between governmentally funded institutions of sanitation and the non-governmental animal shelters; significant attention paid to the implementation and overall...

  10. Positive Effects of Prepubertal Neutering in Dogs and Cats

    | Contributor(s):: A.R. Nagakura, T.l. Clark

    There is not much scientific literature on the subject concerning optimum age for neutering dogs and cats [the term neuter is applied in this text as the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus in females (spay) or the testicles in males (castration)]. Probably the most obvious advantage for...

  11. Value conflicts in feral cat management: trap-neuter-return or trap-euthanize?

    | Contributor(s):: Palmer, C., Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M., Sandoe, P.

    This chapter explores the key values at stake in feral cat management, focusing on the debate over whether to use trap-neuter-return or trap-euthanize as management tools for cat populations. The chapter provides empirical background on unowned cats, sketches widely-used arguments in favour of...

  12. Body condition of feral cats and the effect of neutering

    | Contributor(s):: Scott, K. C., Levy, J. K., Gorman, S. P., Newell, S. M.

    Considerable debate exists regarding the most appropriate methods for controlling feral cat populations, both from humane and logistical points of view. The physical condition of feral cats has not been reported, and it is not known if these cats benefit from neutering. This study investigates...

  13. Impact of a bilingual mobile spay/neuter clinic in a U.S./Mexico border city

    | Contributor(s):: Poss, J. E., Everett, M.

    There are between 4 and 10 million dogs and cats killed annually in the United States. Although there are no accurate national estimates of the number of companion animals who are sterilized surgically. Approximately 26,000 companion animals are euthanized annually in El Paso County, Texas,...

  14. Implementation of a feral cat management program on a university campus

    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, K. L., Slater, M. R.

    In August 1998, Texas A&M University implemented on campus a trap-test-vaccinate-alter-return-monitor (TTVARM) program to manage the feral cat population. TTVARM is an internationally recognized term for trapping and neutering programs aimed at management of feral cat populations. In this article...

  15. The effects of implementing a feral cat spay/neuter program in a Florida county animal control service

    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, K. L., Slater, M. R., Haller, L.

    In 1995, a county animal control service implemented a feral cat sterilization programme with the goal of reducing the number of healthy cats euthanized, complaints, and the county's costs. The service collected data from a 6-year period both before and after the programme's implementation. The...

  16. Understanding animal companion surplus in the United States: relinquishment of nonadoptables to animal shelters for euthanasia

    | Contributor(s):: Kass, P. H., New, J. C., Jr., Scarlett, J. M., Salman, M. D.

    Relinquishing a nonhuman animal to a shelter is a complex decision that, it is often believed, ultimately may represent a breakdown of the human-animal bond. The result of such a breakdown is an animal companion surplus in the United States, which is no better evidenced than by the statistics...

  17. ISFM guidelines on population management and welfare of unowned domestic cats (Felis catus)

    | Contributor(s):: Sparkes, A. H., Bessant, C., Cope, K., Ellis, S. L., Finka, L., Halls, V., Hiestand, K., Horsford, K., Laurence, C., MacFarlaine, I., Neville, P. F., Stavisky, J., Yeates, J., Isfm,

  18. Newsletter of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Volume 11

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    Contents:Message from the President, pg 1The Untouchable Bond, pg 1My Greatest Hope, pg 2Human-Animal Bond Lecture Schedule, AVMA 2004, pg 32003-2004 Board of Directors, pg 5Life Changing lessons For Veterinary Students, pg 8Promoting the Human Animal Bond in Practice, pg 10

  19. The neuter status of cats at four and six months of age is strongly associated with the owners' intended age of neutering

    | Contributor(s):: Welsh, C. P., Gruffydd-Jones, T. J., Murray, J. K.

  20. Number of cats and dogs in UK welfare organisations

    | Contributor(s):: Clark, C. C., Gruffydd-Jones, T., Murray, J. K.