Million Cat Webinars

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We've pulled together all the Million Cat webinars right here. All of them include question & answer periods at the end of varying lengths, but we haven't included those in the timings below. Watch... learn.... share!

Saving and Making Money Using the Million Cat Challenge Five Initiatives (52 mins.)
Watch this free webinar with Barbara Carr, Executive Director of the SPCA Serving Erie County, New York, and learn how this revolution in shelter cat lifesaving can work financially for your shelter.

What Your Animal Shelter Needs to Know About the Million Cat Challenge (42 mins.)
Have questions about the Million Cat Challenge, aren't sure how to sign up, don't know what's involved, or wonder how this will help your shelter? Challenge co-founders Dr. Julie Levy of the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and Dr. Kate Hurley of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program will cover your questions in this webinar.

How a Telephone Can Keep Cats in Their Homes and Out of Your Shelter (33 mins.)
Cynthia Kopec, Vice President, Marketing and Communications; and Lisa Bassi, Manager and Advocacy Campaigns Specialist, Client Contact Center and Advocacy, for the San Francisco SPCA let you in on the secrets of starting a helpline to keep pets in their homes and out of your shelter, including information for organizations of all sizes -- even just a volunteer and a single phone line!

Turning Your Surrender-ers into Foster Homes (40 mins.)
In this webinar, Sharon Harvey, President and CEO, Cleveland Animal Protective League, is joined by APL Director of Operations Ayse Dunlap to discuss their successful Foster to Surrender program!

The Milk Man and Wait Until 8 Programs: Saving Cats and Kittens by Thinking Outside the Box (32 mins.)
What if you could inspire the community to step up and care for the fragile little lives of orphaned kittens until they were 8 weeks old? Find out how to do just that with Chief Veterinarian Dr. Maria Serrano and Director Alex Muñoz of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Starting and Running a Shelter Intervention Program (40 mins.)
Each year, Downtown Dog Rescue keeps more than 2,000 cats and dogs out of the Los Angeles Animal Services South LA Shelter through a groundbreaking in-shelter intervention program. Find out what they do, how they do it, and how your shelter can, too, from DDR founder Lori Weise and senior Shelter Intervention Prevention counselor Amanda Casarez.

One Shelter's Journey to Save More Feline Lives (45 mins.)
What real-world difference can the initiatives of the Million Cat Challenge make in an animal shelter? In this free webinar from the Million Cat Challenge and Maddie’s Fund, Dr. Cristie Kamiya of Humane Society Silicon Valley gives an overview of how implementing those initiatives has grown their life-saving capacity for cats.

How Your Animal Shelter Can Save Cats by Helping People (52 mins.)
The Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard, Ohio, increased its feline lifesaving by 70 percent by implementing a number of innovative programs that allowed each cat in need of help to receive the exact services that individual cat — and that cat’s human caretakers! — needed. This webinar with CAH Executive Director Rachel Finney shares how they did it.

Small Changes, Big Results for Cats (47 mins.)
Director Mike Keiley of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center MSPCA at Nevins Farm and Bryn Conklin Rogers, program manager for the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center, share what big wins happened when they introduced seemingly small changes at the shelters.

House Fewer Cats, Save More Lives, Make Everyone Happy! (54 mins.)
Few things seem less intuitive than the idea that shelters can house fewer cats at any one time while saving more cats over the course of a year — and yet, it’s true. This intriguing initiative, known as Capacity for Care, gets a real-life overview in this webinar from Karen Green, executive director of the Cat Adoption Team (CAT).

Saving Lives and Reducing Expenses Through Low- and No-Fee Cat Adoptions (28 mins.)
In just one year, Iowa’s Dubuque Regional Humane Society decreased cat euthanasia by 82 percent, increased the cat adoption rate by 40 percent, and cut cat care costs by over $100,000 by implementing a permanent decrease in cat adoption fees. Maria Benham and Aimee Heinrich of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society tell the story!

Return-to-Field from an Animal Control Officer's Perspective (23 mins.)
In Return-to-Field programs, healthy neighborhood cats are sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to the location of origin as an alternative to euthanasia. RTF has been a powerful force for feline lifesaving in communities all across the country. Shelters have seen dramatic decreases in feline intake and equally dramatic increases in live release rates. Find out how it worked in Huntsville, Alabama, with Animal Services Officer Tim Reeder.

URI in Shelter Cats: It's SNOT Inevitable! (51 mins.)
Feline URI has been among the most ubiquitous and frustrating diseases in animal shelters. But there’s some good news: Research tells us there’s a secret solution to preventing URI in shelter cats, and every shelter has it! In this webinar, UW/UC Davis Shelter Medicine Fellow and shelter veterinarian Dr. Ann Enright and Dr. Cynthia Karsten of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program share the secret to reducing feline respiratory disease dramatically while simultaneously improving cat well-being, reducing costs, and making cat care easier and more enjoyable.

How Shelters Can Get More Lost Cats Home (54 mins.)
If you want to know what your shelter, your community, and people who have lost their cats can do to get those MIA felines back to their families, we only have one thing to say: Here, kitty, kitty! In this free webinar, Brigid Wasson of Missing Pet Partnership examines why fewer than 2 percent of lost pet cats who enter shelters will ever see home again - and how to beat those odds.

Cat Portals: A Tale of Two Shelters (46 mins.)
Portals have saved the lives of many shelter cats. Learn from Kootenai Humane Society and Humane Society Silicon Valley, two shelters who converted their cat cages into two-room compartments. Find out how they financed portal installation, how they communicated the innovative upgrade to their staff, volunteers and community, all the logistics of preparing for installation, and everything that happened after they installed the portals. You’ll find out the impact on length of stay, budget and resources, adoptions and disease transmission.

The Hole Truth: Your 30-Minute Guide to Getting Cats Portalized (32 mins.)
In this Million Cat webinar, Dr. Denae Wagner of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and Challenge co-founder Dr. Kate Hurley will show you why portalizing your feline housing will be your cats’ biggest win in 2018 -- then get out their power tools and portalize right in front of your eyes!

Is Your Adoption Process Really Working? (45 mins.)
Susan Cosby, Director of Lifesaving Programs and Partnerships at the Petco Foundation, will help your shelter increase adoptions by refining your adoption process, improving the adoption counseling experience for both your staff and applicants, and creating a customer-friendly adopter experience.

Saving Cats: What Comes after a Million? (60 mins.)
Lessons learned from the first million, discover how you can be part of locking in and perfecting the methods that work to help cats, the people who care for them, and the communities you serve in the next chapter of the Million Cat Challenge.

Cats, Birds, and Animal Shelters: Seeking Common Ground (62 mins.)
In this presentation, Dr. Kate Hurley explored the real-life implications of various policies proposed to resolve this conflict. She looked at the experience of those on the front lines of cat management, investigated the science and research, and examined the role of "catch and kill," eradication, TNR, return to field, confinement, and other approaches to community cat management and the welfare of birds and other wild animals.

How To Turn Orphan Kittens into Senior Cats (35 mins.)
In this free 30-minute webcast, Drs. Jody Gookin and Sandra Strong provide information for veterinarians and medical support staff on survival statistics and novel treatments for orphan kitten diarrhea. The information is based on their recently published study evaluating significant associations between treatment interventions and survival of orphan shelter kittens with diarrhea.

The Million Cat 15-minute Webinar Series

Do you have 15 minutes to save more cats’ lives? Beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, and running through Nov. 1, 2018, we presented a line-up of municipal officials, shelter directors, shelter managers, and more in a series of 15-minute online presentations, followed by an opportunity for Q&A.


Yes, and…
How an open-admission municipal shelter and a nonprofit veterinary clinic worked together to lower cat intake at the shelter and give the public access to resources by saying, “Yes, and…”
Presenters: Seth Montgomery, Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control, and Natalie Corwin, Pet Community Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Managed Intake and Restructuring the Budget
Mandy Evans will cover two topics: A panleukopenia outbreak, and how managed intake, housing changes, and partnering with the community made all the difference; how a few changes to the shelter’s budget helped them reduce their daily cat population by 50 percent and help 112 percent more cats.
Presenter: Mandy Evans, Panhandle Animal Shelter, Sandpoint, Id.

Keeping Cats out of Shelters
Learn about how the PASS (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) diversion program keeps cats from ever entering shelters, and the Cat Behavior Team keeps cats in their homes through free, lifelong behavior support.
Presenter: Monica Frenden, Austin Pets Alive!, Austin, Tex.

Believe in Saving Lives
How changing communication approaches, implementing strong programs, and the power of belief all came together to save cats’ lives in Huntsville’s municipal shelter.
Presenter: Karen Sheppard, City of Huntsville Animal Services, Huntsville, Ala.

Helping vs Enabling: Knowing the Difference Made All the Difference!
The programs and initiatives to save the lives of more cats at Greenville County Animal Care are not much different than those we hear about all of the time: surrender prevention, managed intake, community cat diversion and others. But the results they have achieved in such a short time has been astounding. Learn how, despite being the largest open-admission shelter in South Carolina serving two of the largest counties in the state, they decreased cat intake in their shelter by nearly 60 percent and increased the feline save rate from 30 percent to over 80 percent in less than three years!
Presenter: Shelly Simmons, Greenville County Animal Care, Greenville, S.C.

Albuquerque Case Studies: Going Big With Community Cat Programs
In 2012, New Mexico’s largest municipal animal shelter, the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department partnered with Petsmart Charities and Best Friends Animal Society on a three-year grant to combine Return-to-Field (RTF), TNR and community outreach. Since then, Albuquerque has been able to drastically reduce euthanasia and intake of cats and kittens coming into the shelter. Learn more about how the program works and how you can replicate it in your community.
Presenter: Desiree Triste-Aragon, Best Friends Animal Society

‘Care To’ Programs at the Winnipeg Humane Society
Learn how the Care to Adopt (for strays) and Care to Rehome (for owned cats) Programs help get cats into new homes without a shelter stay, and include low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations to those adopters. With Care to Foster, the finder can take supplies and foster a cat while we search for the owner. If no owner is found, the shelter can make a surgery appointment to get the feline into adoptions.
Presenter: Val Poulton, Winnipeg Humane Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Kitten Series

In this series, we tackled three topics designed to help shelters save the most fragile of lives: kittens.

Outsourcing Neonatal Kitten Rearing for Life-Saving Success(24 mins.)
Katie Ingram, Animal Services Manager, Placer County Animal Services, Auburn, California

Foster Care On-Deck: Strategies to get kittens into foster homes quickly (60 mins.)
Erin Doyle, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director, Shelter Medicine – ASPCA

Fighting Fungus with Facts (47 mins.)
Laura Mullen, Shelter Medicine Outreach Manager, SFSPCA, San Francisco, California

Also check out the Maddie's Fund Million Cat Challenge Webinars!