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Protect Cats

Cats still make up the majority of the animals euthanized in shelters, and of the 30-40 million community cats in the U.S., only about 2 percent are sterilized. We're promoting best practices and progressive strategies for supporting and managing community (feral and stray) cats, making shelter cats happier, and keeping cats in homes by a focus on behavior.

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Cats and public health

Get the facts about community cats and the risks to public health

Many animals, both wild and domesticated, can pass diseases to people. These are known as zoonotic diseases. Although we should be concerned about such diseases (like rabies, toxoplasmosis and more ), there are some common myths about the public health risks associated with community cats. In most cases, a compassionate coexistence between cats and humans can be established—and knowing how to prevent zoonotic disease is the best medicine.

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  • Guide

    Resolving conflicts between cats, wildlife and humans

    Where there is conflict between two groups of animals—cats and native wildlife—we don’t need to choose between them. By combining proactive steps to avert conflict with sound mitigation strategies we can help both. These same strategies can also help us resolve conflicts with cats and humans.

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  • Magazine Article

    Up for the count

    There are 61 square miles of land to the District of Columbia—and an unknown number of outdoor cats.

    Collaborative project aims to revolutionize the way communities count and care for cats

    As the first morning visitors to the National Zoo stroll through the entrance, two field technicians with backpacks head in the opposite direction, over Rock Creek, across a parkway carrying commuters into downtown Washington, D.C., and up a steep, muddy hillside.

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  • Magazine Article

    Celebrating a cool million

    At Animal Care Expo, attendees celebrate the eye-popping number of lives saved through the Million Cat Challenge.

    What comes next for the campaign that delivered on its lifesaving promise?

    The Million Cat Challenge looks to the future.

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