Humane Society’s Group Cat Program getting consideration
Printed 10:00 am Wednesday, January 25, 2023
BY LANCE GAITHER
The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society applied its Group Cat Program in 2019 and has seen a drastic lower in cats euthanized by the shelter. The Group Cat Program addresses the difficulty of out of doors cats in the neighborhood by humanely trapping them, neutering and vaccinating them, after which returning them to the place they have been initially caught. When they’re being handled, their ear is clipped in order that residents and Humane Society employees can know which cats have been vaccinated and neutered.
“When out of doors cats used to come back into the shelter they acquired sick and burdened. They did not belong in a cage they usually turned unadoptable. We have been euthanizing tons of of cats a yr,” stated DBCHS govt director Kari Kuh. “On the finish of 2019 we applied this system after we acquired a grant from PetSmart and our euthanasia numbers instantly dropped. When you find yourself fixing, vaccinating, and returning wholesome out of doors cats to their unique out of doors location, they cease nuisance habits, cease making extra animals, and contribute to herd immunity to rabies and different illnesses. The cats are more healthy and happier slightly than being in a cage. Some folks deliver up that out of doors cats have a shorter life expectancy. The response is that if we all know six or seven out of 10 cats which can be introduced listed below are going to be put down. It is clearly higher to offer them an opportunity at life open air even when it’s a shorter life expectancy. By taking this method we have been saving extra lives, bettering the lives of out of doors cats, and stopping fixed breeding.”
Kuh did not know what to anticipate when this system was first applied.
“We knew the information from different locations that have been doing it however till you implement this system your self you do not have your individual information. We have been going blind,” Kuh stated. “At first it was a little bit of a problem, of us have been educated to deliver each animal they see that they suppose does not have a house to the shelter. It was an enormous mindset shift we needed to do. We’re nonetheless having to interact with the group to clarify the rationale behind this system. We’re seeing assist from the group to maintain the cats in a method that most closely fits the out of doors cat.”
The success of this system has caught the eye of a number of animal welfare teams and has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Kentucky Department of the Humane Society of america Shelter Ally Mission.
“The grant was acknowledgment of the progress we’ve already made and a possibility to refine our program and study extra,” Kuh stated. “We spent about 9 months doing completely different modules with HSUS starting from trapping to the right way to handle kitten season. It culminated with a Cat Chat, a city corridor the place the general public was invited to study this system and the subsequent day we had workshops overlaying what we discovered, Many space shelters and group members got here, It was nice for us and the group.”
On Friday, the Kentucky State Director of the HSUS Todd Blevins visited the DBCHS for the filming of a video showcasing this system.
“We’re right here to deliver extra consciousness to what the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society has accomplished with this system and their success,” Blevins stated. “We additionally wish to educate the general public about why these applications are so essential, why group cats matter, and all of the methods folks may also help. The Danville-Boyle Humane Society mannequin for this system is among the greatest within the state, they do such good work. We’re internet hosting and advocacy and schooling video in February the place the video will premiere however all of us can be sharing the video any method we will. If you’re somebody who cares about cats or these kinds of points this video can be simply factor so that you can study a bit however extra about how one can assist.”
The video can be posted on the DBCHS Fb web page as soon as it has debuted.