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Rethinking the Cat Symposia

The renowned symposium of The HSUS on cat policy, advocacy and care. Shelters, rescues, animal control officers, trap-neuter-return/cat colony caretakers and advocates have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that's all about cats!

  • We've come a long way, kitty

    Sixteen years ago, Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day to promote trap-neuter-return and recognize the myriad people who were caring for feral cats across the country. That was also the year I did my first trap-neuter-return (TNR), of a mom cat who lived in the backyards on my block. Although I wasn’t feeding her, she was clearly content, well-fed and reproducing.

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  • For community cats, a change is gonna come

    Veterinarian Kate Hurley knows the staggering toll of the euthanasia of healthy cats in shelters. It's evidence, she argues, that the current sheltering model isn't working for cats, and needs to be changed. Picking up and euthanizing healthy feral and unowned cats doesn’t protect them, other pets, wildlife, or human health, nor does it help control feline overpopulation. But what should we be doing instead? Some shelters are starting to work on new approaches.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Rethinking the Cat Symposia

  • Assessment

    What should the goal of a Shelter Ally partnership be?

    What should the goal of a Shelter Ally partnership be?

    “Shelter Ally” partnerships should not be the equivalent of transport partnerships with a little extra advice thrown in here and there. While transport can be an important part of helping reduce animal populations for mentee groups in the short term (and it can certainly be a benefit to the mentor groups as well), the true goal of any shelter ally partnership must be long-term transformation of the mentee group in all aspects of their operation, from intake to population management, adoption policies to community outreach. 

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  • Training/Event

    Ohio Rethinking the Cat

    stray cat standing near shelter

    Humane State brings cat symposium to Ohio

    The Humane State Program is pleased to present Rethinking the Cat, our renowned symposia on cat policy, advocacy and care. Shelters, rescues, ACOs, TNR/colony caretakers and advocates will have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that’s all about cats!

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  • Application

    Humane State presents Rethinking the Cat

    HSP brings cat symposium to Kansas and Oklahoma

    The Humane State Program (HSP) is pleased to present Rethinking the Cat, our renowned symposium on cat policy, advocacy and care. Shelters, rescues, ACOs, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)/cat colony caretakers and advocates will have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that’s all about cats! Lunch and coffee will be provided and valuable prizes will be raffled.

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