Supporting Community Cats Webinar Series
Do you see cats outdoors in your community and wonder how to best help them? Are you involved with a trap/neuter/return organization and looking for ways to ramp up your efforts? Have you ever wondered why cat advocates and wildlife conservationists can’t seem to work together? All of these questions and more will be explored in this joint "Supporting Community Cats" webinar series with PetSmart Charities and The HSUS.
Join us for this series of free webinars from January to September. Each month will have three tracks:
- Colony Level - Designed for caretakers and people looking to learn the practical hands-on skills of TNR.
- Community Level - Designed for current TNR practitioners and those looking to help cats on a larger scale.
- Hot Topics - Designed to explore different challenging issues each month, from wildlife interactions, to large scale hoarding/cruelty cases.
Please note: All webinars are managed through PetSmart Charities E-Learning center. You must set up an account in order to access the live and recorded webinars.
Enrolling is easy:
- Click the session title
- Log-in to your learning community account or create a new account
- Click "Enroll" and enjoy the webinar
- July 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
The Art of Mentoring: Growing a TNR Movement
Have a successful TNR program? Increase your impact by mentoring organizations new to TNR on how to perform large, targeted projects effectively. Presented by Stacy LeBaron, head of Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society's TNR Mentoring Program, which has trained 36 different agencies and counting. Structuring a mentoring program and using tools like detailed assessments, action plans, project support and networking will be discussed.
Presenter: Stacy LeBaron, Board Member, Director Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Mentoring Program
- August 6, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
Relocation - The last resort
One of the most difficult questions a caretaker may face is whether to try to move her colony to a new location. When should relocation be attempted? When is TNR the better solution? If the decision is made to move the cats, what kind of site is suitable as a new home and how can the cats be safely introduced to an unfamiliar location? These questions and more will be explored.
Presenters: Scott Giacoppo & Danielle Bays
- August 20, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
Mass Spay Days or How to Fix 300 Cats in a Weekend
Securing affordable, high volume spay/neuter for free-roaming cats is often a challenge for TNR programs. One solution is a mass spay/neuter clinic which brings together veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other volunteers for one or two days to alter a large number of cats. Dr. Julie Levy regularly leads weekend mass spay/neuter clinics for Operation Catnip in Gainesville, Florida, at which as many as 300 cats are spayed and neutered. Learn the basics on setting up and operating a mass spay/neuter clinic and about the resources available to further guide you.
Presenter: Dr. Julie Levy
- August 27, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
Saving Orphaned Kittens: Basic Planning for a Kitten Nursery
Orphaned kittens who are too young to eat on their own are one of the groups at highest risk of euthanasia. Caring for these tiny lives successfully requires separate specialized space, as well as a team of trained volunteers and fosters and the ability to respond quickly to their needs. Time and resources are often lacking to provide this level of intensive care. A kitten nursery can begin to fill this gap. Learn some basic strategies to begin planning a kitten nursery and save more lives.
Presenters: Susan Spaulding & Rosemarie Crawford
Did you miss a webinar? Not to worry, all webinars are recorded and are available on demand. See available archived Supporting Community Cats webinar topics.
Thank you to PetSmart Charities for their support