What shelter cats and dogs want you to know: A day of learning with Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Sarah Kirk

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The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF is taking our experts on the road! Please join us for What shelter cats and dogs want you to know: A day of learning with Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Sarah Kirk on Nov. 15, 2017, at Cat Depot in Sarasota, Fla. It’s free!

The sessions will include:

  • The Million Cat Challenge: Florida’s Urgent Roadmap to Save More Cats. More than 155 animal shelters across Florida collectively take in a quarter million cats every year. New studies show that feline lifesaving is improving across the state, but still lags behind the progress made for dogs. We now know that euthanasia of healthy cats in shelters can be replaced with programs that are dramatically more humane and effective for cats and communities alike. Shelters are hungry for this change. Saving more lives, taking better care of cats, and eliminating shelter crowding . . . all without increasing your budget or asking more of your already overextended staff. Does that sound too good to be true? Hear what the shelters enrolled in the Million Cat Challenge have to say and why your shelter could be on the brink of revolutionizing its approach to cats.
  • Not Another Blue Dot: Advances in FeLV and FIV Management for Shelter Cats. Everyone wants to adopt a healthy cat, but where does that leave cats that have been exposed to FeLV or FIV? Should all cats be tested or are there times when a greater good comes from spending those resources elsewhere? This session will navigate the sometimes controversial topic of FeLV and FIV testing in animal shelters, including how to select the best test, sorting out test result discrepancies, and what to do when that dreaded blue dot appears. Bring your own testing horror stories and we will work through them together.
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: What Might the Displaced Animals Be Bringing With Them? The year 2017 has seen multiple natural disasters which have resulted in large numbers of displaced animals. This presentation will cover the infectious diseases which might be accompanying these refugees and provide best practices in how you might care for the newly arrived, while protecting your resident animals.

The event will run from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Vegetarian options will be available.

During the noon hour, attendees will have the option of viewing a webinar from HSUS on “Building Strong Relationships with Lawmakers” or going on a tour of Cat Depot.There will be another tour opportunity at 3 PM after the program’s conclusion.

Register here. (Please note: This event was rescheduled from an earlier date due to Hurricane Irma, and the agenda and title have changed.)

Questions? Email claudiah@catdepot.org.

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

This workshop is made possible by a generous gift from Arnie and Barbara Grevior.