The Million Cat Challenge
Shelters today are saving more cats than ever before. Can they really save 1 million more in five years?
That was the question that inspired the Million Cat Challenge, and the answer was a resounding yes. In fact, the more than 1,500 North American animal shelters in the Challenge saved more than two million cats in just over four years!
The Million Cat Challenge is a joint project of the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, two of the premier shelter medicine programs in the world, with financial support from Maddie’s Fund®. It was founded because we believe that shelters absolutely can achieve that by utilizing the strategies developed by innovative shelters and animal welfare groups to provide proven practices that are already saving cats’ lives all over North America.
Those programs are best summed up in the five initiatives of the Million Cat Challenge:
- Alternatives to Intake
- Managed Admission
- Capacity for Care
- Removing Barriers to Adoption
- Return to Field
Not every initiative is right for every shelter, but there’s something there for shelters of every size, with every budget, and in every type of community. What’s more, shelters taking part in the Challenge have faced the same obstacles as other shelters have, and the Challenge makes their valuable, real-world experience available to every Challenger.
The sheltersthat are part of the Challenge, from Alaska to Florida, from Prince Edward Island to Hawaii.
We want your shelter to be part of this historic movement, and utilize all the knowledge, experience, data, and support the Million Cat Challenge has to offer.
If your shelter wants to be part of this historic movement, enroll today!