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  • 1.  Community Conversations - 4/8/24 - Uncovering Insights: The Latest in Shelter Medicine Research

    Posted 04-04-2024 11:38 AM

    Updated 4/8/24 at 2:26pm PT - Recording now available to watch on-demand!

    We hope to see you on the next Community Conversations call on Monday, 4/8/24 at 11am PT for an important panel discussion on the latest in shelter medicine research! 

    Behind the scenes, more and more scientific research is being done to advance the understanding of our industry's complex issues. This evidence-based information can offer important contributions when it comes to updating industry practices and policies, but often it's hard to find time to sort through or access new research. This community conversations meeting serves to bring some of these new findings directly to shelter and rescue leaders and staff. Join 4 veterinary and shelter medicine researchers, who will share out tidbits of their recent research, focusing on practical updates that can be incorporated in shelter operations and programming.

    Facilitated by Dr. @Chumkee Aziz, Outreach Veterinarian at UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

    Guest Speakers/Panelists: 

    Maddie's Fund will also be announcing the March grant giveaway winners! If you are unable to make it live on Monday, this thread will be updated with the recording and resources so you can watch and share whenever you'd like.  After you watch the recording on-demand or attend the call live, be sure to complete this new April 2024 entry form to enter to win up to a $5,000 grant:


    Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
    Maddie's Fund

  • 2.  RE: Community Conversations - 4/8/24 - Uncovering Insights: The Latest in Shelter Medicine Research

    Posted 04-08-2024 11:57 AM

    For Dr. Neal:   Kotor Kitties is a high-volume spay-neuter program in the Balkan country of Montenegro.  After 5+ years and 12,000+ cats sterilized, we're seeing increased acceptance and interest in spay-neuter.  At the same time, we're seeing increased "urban myths" of cat thefts with every cat disappearance.  The default reason given for why any cat disappears is theft (most recent reason given is to make fur blankets and rugs).  

    Is there any research on disappearancess of community cats?  Or on the types of "reasons" given when no body is found?


    April King
    Volunteer and Board Member
    Kotor Kitties
    +1 206 407 5336

  • 3.  RE: Community Conversations - 4/8/24 - Uncovering Insights: The Latest in Shelter Medicine Research

    Posted 04-08-2024 02:52 PM

    Thanks to the 119+ people who joined us on today's Community Conversations call! Special thank you to our hosts, moderator Dr. @Chumkee Aziz and our panelists. The recording is now available to watch on-demand. Below you'll find a recap of today's call and I've attached articles shared by our panelists. If you have any questions, please leave them below! 


    • Welcome from hosts:
    • Question of the day: When it comes to handling animals in medical situations, what is your favorite low-stress handling technique that your team uses? Whether it's for examinations, vaccinations, or other procedures, feel free to share your insights and experiences.
      • "Peanut Butter." - Jenna Riedi
      • "How NOT to handle cats for spay-neuter:  anesthetize each one and ultrasound them to make sure they're not pregnant.  Move into surgery prep if they are not.  Hand back to owners if they are--with instructions where and when they can have a pregnant cat spayed.  (Eye roll!)" - April King
      • "Churu for the cats" - Kristi Brooks
      • "Towels!!" - Amber Eby
      • "Licki Mats!!" - Becky Costner
      • "Scarf wrap" - Kristi Brooks
      • "Training cooperative care with positive reinforcement training  :)" - Melinda Guffey
      • "Feliway diffusers in the care room" - Alexsey Dobberstine
        • "Yes, we LOVE pheromones!" - Shonyae Johnson

    • New Registration for Community Conversations
      • We've gotten so popular that we've reached the maximum capacity of registrations, so we're doing some Spring cleaning.  
        Until April 30th, you can still join with your current Zoom link. BEFORE May 6th, you will need to re-register and start using the new link to join on May 6th. You can find your new link to join on the confirmation email you will receive after you register.

    • Maddie's Fund March 2024 Grant Winners
      • Community Conversations - $2500 each
        • @Emme Hones, SPCA of Tomkins County in Ithaca, NY
        • @Eileen Mahan, Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center in Christianburg, VA
      • Maddie's Pet Forum - $3000 grant
    • National Updates
    • Today's Presentation: Uncovering Insights: The Latest in Shelter Medicine Research 
    • Highlights from the Chat
      • "While we're getting set up, feel free to tell us where you're tuning in from and if you're in the eclipse path!" - Shonyae Johnson
        • "1 hour from Little Rock, 300 couples will get married during the eclipse" - June Thomas
      • "Can you give an idea of tx costs for Moxi-Doxi vs traditional tx?" - April King
        • "Depending on the size of the dog, it can be nearly 1/2 the cost of traditional treatment costs but I will make sure to ask Dr Jacobson to chime in on this." - Dr. Chumkee Aziz
      • "Nice to have the data to support what we see every day ☺️" - Christina Avila
      • "If caretakers are bringing in their own community cats for TNVR, RTF is great! What becomes problematic is returning cats to field when trappers or community members bring them in and no there are no caretakers. I hope we stop painting with a broad brush and allow multiple outcomes avenues." - Amanda Gra
      • "So appreciate all of you, and this offering!!" - Peggy Hilden
      • "Wonderful presentations!" - Debbie Loveland
      • "This was wonderful! Thankyou!" - Beth Porter
      • "It was very insightful. Thank you to all panelists." - Katarina Akbarov

    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund

  • 4.  RE: Community Conversations - 4/8/24 - Uncovering Insights: The Latest in Shelter Medicine Research

    Posted 04-09-2024 05:58 AM

    What a great discussion that was, I learned a lot and it's nice to have the science backing for these topics.  Thank you for another inspiring webinar!

    Marianne Pestana
    Development Manager
    Paws Humane, Inc.
    Columbus GA

  • 5.  RE: Community Conversations - 4/8/24 - Uncovering Insights: The Latest in Shelter Medicine Research

    Posted 04-09-2024 06:00 AM

    Thank you so much for selecting the SPCA of Tompkins County as one of the winners! I'm sorry that I wasn't able to attend the live-stream to celebrate with y'all real-time.  I'm looking forward to watching this recording.

    Emme Hones