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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 with a focus on behavior.

  • Don’t push the panic button on toxoplasmosis

    Decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for pregnant women to hear that they needed to give up their pet cats to reduce their risk of contracting toxoplasmosis. More recently, detractors of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs have capitalized on the misunderstandings surrounding toxoplasmosis to foster opposition to community cat spay/neuter efforts. So whether you’re working the intake desk at your local shelter or operating a TNR program, you need to know the facts about this disease.

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  • Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Municipal Leaders

    Focused on what local leaders want and need to know, this guide offers an in-depth look at community cat management programs. It offers proactive approaches and collaborative efforts that local communities can use to humanely reduce the unowned cat population.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Cats

  • Magazine Article

    Pointing the way with a pyramid

    Inspired by diagrams for healthy diets, the community cat pyramid encourages a holistic approach to cat management and a strategic use of resources.

    How cat advocates can allocate time and other resources for the biggest impact

    Community cat advocates tap the power of a pyramid.

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  • Form

    Operation Hero-Animal Bond Shelter/Rescue Participation

    Veteran with cat

    If you are a shelter or rescue looking to adopt pets through Operation Hero-Animal Bond, please complete the form below.

    Thank you for your interest in Operation Hero-Animal Bond! We are launching in January 2019 with the Humane Society of the United States' shelter partners in the Washington, D.C. metro area. If you are a shelter or rescue that is interested in partnering with us, please complete the form below.

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  • Form

    Operation Hero-Animal Bond Veteran Participation

    Veteran with dog

    If you are a veteran looking to adopt a pet through Operation Hero-Animal Bond, please complete the form below.

    Thank you for your interest in Operation Hero-Animal Bond! We are launching in January 2019 with the Humane Society of the United States' shelter partners in the Washington, D.C. metro area. If you are a veteran located in or around D.C. that is interested in adopting a shelter pet, please complete the form below. If you do not currently reside in the D.C. metro area, but are interested in the program, submit your information below and we will keep you posted as we expand across the country.

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