1. It is our belief that there are just as many cats as there should be, but not enough homes for all.
2. It is our belief that indoor only life is not the only life worth living for a cat, nor is it the best life for all cats.
3. It is our belief that outdoor life, feral life, short life, or hard life, is preferable to shelter-acquired disease and cold euthanasia by uncaring, untrained, shelter killers.
4. It is our belief that most cats are capable of fending for themselves without human intervention, if they need to. They are able hunters, astute, and fast. They did fine without humans as a species, and they can do fine without us.
5. It is our belief that trapping cats, and turning them in to shelters, where 80%+ will be killed, benefits neither the cats, nor their communities, as the "hole" is continuously filled by new cats, perpetuating the killing cycle.
6. It is our belief that pulling a cat from the shelter, spaying/neutering, and vaccinating that cat, then releasing it back into its, or another, community, if no home is available for it, is better for the cat, and better for its community, than having that cat killed at the shelter.
7. It is our belief that while shelter reform is a laudable goal, it is a long term goal. In the present, thousands of cats are killed in shelters daily. While we work towards our long term goals, we must also work on our short term goals, and save lives TODAY!
8. It is our belief that our responsibility as cat advocates is to save as many cats as possible from death in "shelters". We therefore call on other advocates to pull, foster, and adopt shelter cats. If time, space, and resources, are not available to do that, we call on other cat advocates to pull shelter cats, spay/neuter, ear notch, vaccinate, and release those cats back into their or other communities TODAY.
9. It is our belief that, feral or outdoor cats pose little to no threat to human well-being, and that nature has a way of "balancing the scales" if we stand back, and allow it. Releasing spayed/neutered cats into outdoor communities does not result in overpopulation problems, as a community will only support as may individuals as its resources allows. When the tipping point is reached, excess individuals will die off, or seek additional resources elsewhere. This is nature. This is life. Shelter = Death.
10. It is our belief that unless we change the rescue paradigm that upholds we can ONLY save as many as we can foster or adopt, millions of cats will continue to be born, only to die at the hands of "shelters".
Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management
Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie's Institute, the academic division of Maddie's Fund, providing the most innovative animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.
Are common cat sheltering and animal control policies helping cats? Are they humane? Effective? Not according to Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. It's time, she says, for shelters to consider radical solutions to the suffering, stress, illness and death that are the fate of so many cats in our nation's animal shelters, including an array of positive alternative approaches such as TNR or not taking them in at all if we can't offer a lifesaving outcome.
In this webcast, Dr. Hurley will examine assumptions underlying traditional sheltering practices and compare them to the most recent evidence-based information regarding the health and behavior impacts of stress on sheltered cats and the statistical likelihood of a live outcome for an unsocialized cat taken into a shelter. The webcast can be viewed via computer or mobile device. [Read More]