Need extra motivation to head for Animal Care Expo in New Orleans in April? Here are two great reasons to make the leap: Sessions on Spayathon Puerto Rico with an all-star team including our own Dr. Julie Levy, and a Kitten Summit with Dr. Kate Hurley, Dr. Levy, and even more rock stars of sheltering. Need more? There’s going to be something incredible going on at the Million Cat Challenge exhibit booth. It’s all happening at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 15-18, 2019. You can get more information and register here!
Spayathon for Puerto Rico: An Unprecedented Collaboration to Save Lives
Monday, April 15, 8 AM to 3 PM
It began as a crazy dream — What would it take to spay/neuter nearly 30,000 animals in one year on a poverty-stricken island? — and came to fruition as the Spayathon for Puerto Rico. Learn how a handful of determined individuals entered into an unprecedented agreement with government officials, convinced 26 separate organizations to work together, and put in place the largest spay/neuter effort in the world to support the people and pets of Puerto Rico — and how you can do the same!
Presenters: Inga Fricke, Director, Sheltering Initiatives and Engagement, Companion Animals, the Humane Society of the United States; Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida and Co-Founder, Million Cat Challenge; Tara Loller, Senior Director, Strategic Campaigns and Special Projects, Companion Animals, the Humane Society of the United States; Amy Mills, CEO, Emancipet; Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Head of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia FOUR PAWS International and Editor, “Field Manual for Small Animal Medicine”; Stella Ramirez, Vice President, Santuario de Animales San Francisco De Asís
Coping with Kittens: The #allthecats Kitten Summit
Monday, April 15, 8 AM to 3 PM
From bottle babies to bottlenecks, #allthecats is starting from the beginning of catdom in this learning lab designed to guide shelters through the most hair-pulling time of year: kitten season. We will break the season down into three distinct phases and guide you through the science behind managing the influx and optimizing live outcomes during each phase. Hear firsthand from those that have summited Mt. Kitten when we highlight the nation’s most innovative programs.
Presenters: Kristi Brooks, Director of Operations, Cat Adoption Team; Cindi Delany, DVM, Supervising Shelter Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program; Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Director, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and Co-Founder, Million Cat Challenge; Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA, Chief of Shelter Medicine, Humane Society Silicon Valley; Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP, Shelter Medicine Practice, Outreach Veterinarian, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis; Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida and Co-Founder, Million Cat Challenge; Kate Mayeski, Pet Resource Center Manager, Arizona Humane Society; Robby Nisenfeld, Communications Manager, Arizona Humane Society