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The Community Cats Podcast

English, Animals/Wildlife, 1 season, 568 episodes, 3 days, 4 hours, 40 minutes
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Our mission is to provide education, information and dialogue that will create a supportive environment empowering people to help cats in their community.
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561: From the Backyard to the Front Page: Building a TNR Movement, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

Unlock the secrets behind the transformative Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) movement with Neighborhood Cats' Bryan Kortis as we take you on a riveting two-part adventure. Dive into the grassroots story of New York City's cat population control, discovering how targeted TNR projects and collaborative community efforts led to a dramatic reduction in euthanasia rates. Be inspired by the model colony's success, where cat numbers plummeted through strategic interventions and the passionate involvement of local caretakers.  This week, we're not just talking TNR; we're showcasing the strategic mastery that has reshaped neighborhoods and saved feline lives. We explore how pilot projects can snag government support and the monumental breakthrough with Rikers Island that vaulted TNR into the limelight in NYC. Learn how focused, high-profile initiatives can amplify the impact of TNR and yield significant, documentable successes in community cat care, all while gaining insights into how you can apply these approaches in your own backyard.  In this episode, you will hear: Community efforts to control cat population Effective colony-level targeting for population decline Maximizing caretaker participation in TNR Model neighborhood project success Building success through real-life examples  TNR success at Rikers Island Resources from this Episode For the Full Recording and Downloadable Handouts - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tnrtraining Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/ Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/ The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/ This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies562). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
5/21/202444 minutes, 52 seconds
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560: Earning Ferals' Faith and Trust, with Caitlin Porter, Executive Director of From Feral to Family

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a feral cat and wondered what it would take to transform that wary creature into a contented purring pet in your lap? Our guest, Caitlin Porter from From Feral to Family, joins us to weave an inspiring tale of how she navigates the delicate path from mistrust to affection with adult feral cats. With her at the helm, we journey through the intricate socialization process, revealing not just the dedication and patience required, but the immeasurable rewards of witnessing a feral cat's leap of faith into family life.  Caitlin's stories of hissing, defensive ferals evolving into loving lap cats under her watch are nothing short of miraculous, reminding us all that every creature deserves a second chance at happiness. This episode also sheds light on the finer points of kitten care and the importance of advocacy within the cat community.  Listen in and get a taste of practical advice for building trust with feral cats, the benefits of fear-free techniques, and the invaluable local resources supporting our mission of cat care. We also share an inside look at the 2024 Online Kitten Conference, with its wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities for cat enthusiasts worldwide.  In this episode, you will hear: Caitlin’s inspiring journey from cat lover to advocate for feral cat socialization The process of turning hissing ferals into affectionate lap cats Learn about the meticulous steps from containment to trust-building and adoption Exploring kitten care and the importance of advocacy within the feline community A sneak peek into the 2024 Online Kitten Conference with its valuable resources for cat enthusiasts Cat ownership in Vermont Resources from this Episode From Feral to Family Website - http://fromferaltofamily.org From Feral to Family Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fromferaltofamilyvt From Feral to Family Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fromferaltofamilyvt/ From Feral to Family YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRfq5I8z4hx7RwFUfAYMj1Q This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies560) and Tomahawk Live Trap (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/livetrap). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
5/14/202427 minutes, 28 seconds
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559: Dr. Kimberly Mann, Medical Director & Surgeon of the York County SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic, and Steven Martinez, Executive Director of the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

When compassion meets innovation, extraordinary things happen. That's the story we're telling today, with Dr. Kimberly Mann and Steven Martinez, who are changing the lives of thousands of community cats through the York County SPCA spay/neuter clinic. Kimberly, a veterinarian with surgical prowess and a big heart, alongside Steven’s business acumen, has led their clinic to an astounding 11,000 surgeries in a single year. Their shared dedication not only speaks volumes about their love for animals but also sets an inspiring standard in animal welfare.  The complexities of managing feline populations are at the forefront of our discussion, as we tackle the intricacies of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs. Discover how Kimberly and Steven navigate the logistical challenges of caring for community cats while providing insights into the strategic functions of spay and neuter clinics. As we celebrate the astounding success of their clinic, we also gear up for the highly anticipated 2024 Online Kitten Conference, an event that promises to be the cat's meow for enthusiasts everywhere. In this episode, you will hear: Passionate about community cats Spay-neuter clinic operations and success Community cats and strategic communication Community cat spay-neuter program sustainability Resources from this Episode York County SPCA Website - http://www.ycspca.org York County SPCA Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/YorkCoSPCA York County SPCA Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/yorkcountyspca/ York County SPCA Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/ycspca This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies559). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
5/7/202431 minutes, 50 seconds
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558: Fine Tuning TNR Clinics with Cameron Greig, Community Cat Coordinator at the Humane Society of Huron Valley

Get a glimpse of what it's like on the front lines of feline welfare. Cameron Greig joins us from the Humane Society of Huron Valley to discuss the trials and triumphs of their TNR (trap-neuter-return) program. It's a revealing chat about the ingenuity required to navigate staffing shortages, the shift towards online systems to streamline TNR efforts, and the crucial weekend spay-neuter events that help keep their mission afloat.  Cameron's dedication to the care of community cats shines through as he explains the intricacies of dealing with unsocialized felines and the critical need for TNR-savvy vets in an industry currently facing a crunch for qualified staff. In the heart of our discussion, we confront the hard truths of veterinary staffing woes and their ripple effect on essential services like TNR. The conversation is seasoned with tales of innovation and adaptation, from enticing veterinary clinics with educational "lunch and learns" – to embracing digital tools for managing the TNR workload. We also let you in on some of our personal top-notch baiting tips for successful cat trapping and why appropriate recovery times are important for our feline friends post-neutering. For those compelled to support community cats or who are simply curious about the inner workings of the TNR initiatives at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, this episode is an invaluable trove of knowledge and encouragement. In this episode, you will hear: The current challenges of the TNR program TNR’s transition to an online sign-up system The complexities of working with unsocialized cats The importance of having veterinarians skilled in TNR Veterinary staffing challenges and solutions Resources from this Episode Humane Society of Huron Valley Website - http://hshv.org/tnr Humane Society of Huron Valley Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyhuronvalley Humane Society of Huron Valley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/humanesocietyofhuronvalley/ This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies556) and Tomahawk Live Trap. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
4/30/202422 minutes, 33 seconds
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557: Keeping an Open Mind to Reduce Stress and Pain in Cats with Stacy McVicker, DVM, CVA, CCRT, Veterinarian & Crazy Cat Lady

Have you ever watched your cat move with less of its usual grace or hesitate before leaping onto its favorite perch? In this episode, understand the complex world of feline pain with Dr. Stacy McVicker. These whiskered companions are masters at masking discomfort, but Dr. McVicker's expertise, inspired by the stories of James Herriot, equips us with the tools to uncover what our cats cannot voice. We chart the journey from the veiled signs of pain in our feline friends to actionable steps that can significantly enhance their quality of life.  Ferris, a community cat with hyperthyroidism and spine pain, becomes our case study in understanding the importance of a patient veterinarian. This episode isn't just about sad tales; it's about real solutions, including groundbreaking treatments like Solensia and simple yet effective environmental changes that can transform a cat's golden years. We also talk about the "lift the lid" strategy, which might just revolutionize how shelters and pet owners handle litter box challenges.  The connection between pain and behavioral changes takes center stage as we share the stories of Zeno and Argo, two cats whose sudden aggression indicated deeper issues. From the Feline Musculoskeletal Pain Index Tool to cold laser therapy, we discuss the vast array of resources and treatments available to cat owners. This conversation with Dr. McVicker is a heartfelt reminder of our role in recognizing and treating our cats' silent suffering, ensuring they live full, comfortable lives within our loving homes. In this episode, you will hear: Exploring pain in animal behavior  Recognizing pain in cats without x-rays “Lift the lid” campaign benefits Feline musculoskeletal pain index tool Resources from this Episode Animal Care Center of Castle Pines - http://animalcarectr.com This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies556) Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
4/23/202438 minutes, 39 seconds
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556: Colony Caretaking Tips & Tricks Part 2, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

Brace your whiskers for a deep dive into the heartwarming world of community cat care as we reveal secrets to crafting the perfect winter shelters and share non-invasive tricks for keeping our feline friends safe and neighbors happy. Our guide through this chilly chapter is Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director at Neighborhood Cats. His expertise is just what we need to navigate the wintry challenges that face community cats.  Bryan brings a wealth of knowledge and practical advice on constructing winter shelters that not only provide warmth but also blend seamlessly into urban landscapes. Whether it’s crafting shelters from scratch or adapting readily available materials, his insights are invaluable. And it's not just about the physical structures – Bryan delves into the nitty-gritty of keeping peace with neighbors, non-invasive cat deterrents, and ensuring the overall health and well-being of the cats we cherish.  From vitamin C supplements to cranberry extracts for urinary health, we cover all the essentials and even sprinkle in some wisdom on leveraging the community for support. Storms may howl and snow may fall, but with this episode's guidance, you'll have the tools to shield your community cats from nature's challenges. Discover the significance of proper shelter placement and the art of prepping a storm-ready haven to keep their tails wagging while giving you peace of mind. In this episode, you will hear: Tips for winter shelter building and cat management Using Mylar blankets for cold climates Cat-proofing garden and car Nature's remedies for cat health Community cat care and support Funding and food for animal colonies Resources from this Episode Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/ Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/ The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/  This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies556) and Tomahawk Live Trap. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com. Let them know we sent you.
4/16/202447 minutes, 37 seconds
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555: Colony Caretaking Tips and Tricks Part 1 with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

Unlock the secrets to managing a thriving community cat colony as we team up with experts Bryan Kortis from Neighborhood Cats shares essential tips on maintaining a consistent feeding schedule and crafting secure feeding locations that benefit our feline companions.  Prepare to enhance your caretaking skills. Learn how to keep mealtime peaceful and food safe from wildlife intruders. Join us for a deep dive into cat nutrition as we dissect pet food labels, revealing the necessity of meat-based ingredients for your colony's carnivorous diet. We demystify the grain vs. meat debate and serve up practical advice on delivering quality nutrition without breaking the bank. Whether you're navigating the aisles for wet or dry food options, we've got you covered with brand recommendations that strike the perfect balance between cost and the health of your colony cats.  As the winter winds blow, we wrap up with vital strategies for adapting your care routine to the colder months. Discover how to keep water unfrozen and the importance of providing adequate shelter to ensure the comfort and safety of your community cats. Plus, we emphasize the role of responsible feeding practices and the significance of spay-neuter programs in humanely controlling cat populations. This episode is a must-listen for both seasoned caretakers and newcomers eager to make a meaningful impact in the lives of community cats. In this episode, you will hear: Colony caretaking tips and tricks Feeding patterns and wildlife management Understanding cat nutrition and behavior Spay-neuter advocacy and feeding stations Feeding tips for cats in winter Resources from this Episode Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/ Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/ The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/ This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies555) and The United Spay Alliance (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/unitedspay). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com. Let them know we sent you.
4/9/202445 minutes, 11 seconds
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A Special "Because We Love It" Episode! Check Out the United We Spay Podcast with Stacy LeBaron and Dr. Philip Bushby

Today we wanted to share an episode of The United We Spay Podcast. It's a new monthly show from the United Spay Alliance and it's hosted by the one and only Stacy LeBaron. In each episode, they delve into the heart of a movement that’s changing the lives of animals and communities for the better with the mission to build awareness, educate, and empower. Their episodes are always interesting and there's a lot of crossover with Community Cats Podcast's favorite topics so we thought you'd enjoy their show as much as we do. On this episode of United We Spay, they sit down with Esther Meckler and Dr. Phil Bushby, two trailblazers in the fight against pet overpopulation, to unravel the effectiveness of spay and neuter programs and how they align with animal care ethics. Esther, the founding force behind Spay USA and United Spay Alliance, shares her passionate journey towards advocating for the “fixed by five months” initiative. Dr. Bushby, with decades of veterinary experience, reveals the harsh realities of shelter euthanasia rates he saw in the '70s and champions spaying and neutering as the ethical response to this persistent issue. In a heart-to-heart that's both enlightening and inspiring, they reflect on the successes of early spay and neuter campaigns, such as the Fixed by Five movement, and discuss the landmark meeting of veterinary minds in Orlando in 2016. This gathering marked a turning point, leading to a shift in the recommended age for these vital procedures. They also explore the tangible benefits of the “Feline Fix by Five” initiative, investigating the welfare improvements and the economic and time-saving advantages for veterinary practices. Esther and Dr. Bushby's dedication to these initiatives is palpable, and their stories are a powerful call to action for all of us to contribute to a future where every pet is wanted, loved, and cared for. Join the conversation and hear how united efforts can forge a more compassionate world for our four-legged companions. In this episode, you will hear: Esther Meckler's path from Spay USA to United Spay Alliance Esther’s commitment to the “fixed by five months” initiative for reducing shelter overpopulation Dr. Phil Bushby's experience at ASPCA in the '70s with high euthanasia rates The need for early spay and neuter as an ethical solution to pet overpopulation A recap of the landmark Orlando meeting in 2016, where veterinary leaders considered changing the recommended age for spay and neuter procedures to five months Celebrating the Fixed by Five campaign's success with unanimous endorsement by National Veterinary Associations The “Feline Fix by Five” initiative's benefits, including time efficiency for veterinary practices and economic advantages The critical role of early spay and neuter interventions in preventing unwanted feline populations and reducing shelter euthanasia Why veterinarians and clinics should consider joining the "Feline Fix by Five" program to help ensure every pet has the opportunity for a loving home Resources from this Episode Feline Fix by Five - www.unitedspayalliance.org/feline-fix-by-five Follow and Review We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
4/6/202427 minutes, 50 seconds
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554: Just Getting Started with Bonney Brown, President of Humane Network and Options Veterinary Care

It’s the passion of people like Bonney Brown that fuels today's conversation on the vital role spay and neuter programs play in controlling cat overpopulation. We reminisce about the early days of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs and explore how her journey, from being inspired by her parents’ rescue endeavors to leading impactful animal welfare initiatives, underscores the importance of accessible veterinary care and community collaboration.  Navigate the complex landscape of non-profit veterinary clinics, shedding light on how they operate financially and serve local communities with compassion and efficiency. We also discuss the nuances of staffing, from leveraging the expertise of retired veterinarians to creating supportive environments for part-time staff free from the pressures of upselling. Discover why these models cater so effectively to demographics in need, like senior citizens, and how they adapt to ensure everyone has access to the care they deserve.  In this episode, you will hear: Passion for community cat welfare Nonprofit vs. traditional veterinary practice Recruiting part-time veterinarians for nonprofit clinic Consulting services for animal welfare organizations Promoting podcast engagement and connection Resources from this Episode Humane Network's Website - http://www.humanenetwork.org Options Veterinary Care's Website - www.optionsveterinarycare.org Find Humane Network on Instagram - https://www.facebook.com/HumaneNetwork Find Options Veterinary Care on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OptionsVeterinaryCare Bonnie's Previous Episodes - Episode 364 (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/episode-364-bonney-brown-diane-blankenburg/), Episode 30 (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/episode-30-bonney-brown/), and Episode 181 (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/episode-181-bonney-brown/) This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies554), Urban Cat League (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/urban-cat-league), and Tomahawk Live Trap. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk) Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
4/2/202428 minutes, 54 seconds
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553: Return-to-Field: How Shelters Save Community Cats Part 2 with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

Ever wondered how a stray feline's journey through a Return to Field (RTF) program can lead it back home? This week, we continue our deep dive into the world of community cats, focusing on the pivotal steps from shelter intake to safe return, and the intricate assessments that ensure these whiskered wanderers thrive. Join in as we examine the critical information that shelters must gather and the art of interpreting feline behavior – a true detective story of piecing together each cat's past.  Explore how shelters can best communicate with those who find stray cats and the creative solutions that can address community concerns, from sprinkler systems to cat-proof fencing. Deciding which cats qualify for RTF involves a blend of factors like health and temperament, and we debate whether it's a job for one or a task for a team.  This segment offers a playbook for harmonizing the needs of community cats with those of their human neighbors. We also cover effective strategies for managing RTF and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, including a study that illustrates the significant impact these programs have on reducing shelter intake and euthanasia rates.  In this episode, you will hear: Return to field programs in shelters Evaluating cat health and safety Individual assessment in field programs Caring for cats in traps and cat release location considerations Community cat population trends over time FVRCP and microchipping in community cats Resources from this Episode Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/ Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/ The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/ And if you’re excited to start a return-to-field program and would like to connect with other Community Cats Podcast listeners to get more tips and tricks, to ask about issues you might run into, and of course to post pictures of your successful trapping, you can join our Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/communitycatspodcast/  This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies553) and The United Spay Alliance (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/unitedspay). Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
3/26/202454 minutes, 37 seconds
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552: Return-to-Field: How Shelters Save Community Cats, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

"I think it’s important to acknowledge that there’s a reason we’re trying to solve community cat over population because this is, ya know, not always a great situation for the cats. When it comes to return to field, we’re looking at animals coming into the shelter…they have good body condition scores, they appear quite healthy, and that lets you know that they’re figuring it out. That they’re surviving in their territory. And when you return them, they’re not facing any more or fewer risks than they faced before they came into the shelter and allowing them to continue to navigate that environment is better than ending their lives." Why do we think return-to-field is important and what does "field" even mean? You're about to find out! This week we're bringing you a special audio presentation of an advanced webinar we held late last year in partnership with the experts at Neighborhood Cats. The conversation will start this week with part one and part two will be available next week. You see, it used to be that a feral cat had little chance of exiting a shelter alive after he entered.  But that’s no longer the case.  In recent years, more and more shelters have adopted Return-to-Field (RTF) programs. Instead of euthanizing healthy community cats (whether feral, friendly or otherwise), the shelter will spay or neuter, eartip and vaccinate, then return the cat back to where he was found. Come along as Bryan talks about the policies behind RTF, the mechanics of implementing the program, current controversies over the RTF of friendly cats, and how to combine RTF with TNR in general to lower cat populations and create sustainability. These programs are a game changer for community cats and whether you work or volunteer in sheltering, TNR or community cat programs or just value the lives of our feline friends, you won't want to miss a second of this show! In this episode, you will hear: The definition of Return-to-Field How RTF leads to lower intake and euthanasia rates in shelters Examples of RTF programs/projects and how they worked  How these programs help improve moral and ease the stress of staff and volunteers Joyful stories about releasing cats in their environment How to educate the community about the benefits of RTF Managing misinformation, myths, and fear Resources from this Episode Neighborhood Cats Website - https://www.neighborhoodcats.org Neighborhood Cats Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodcats/ Neighborhood Cats Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nbrhoodcats/ The Everything TNR Playlist - https://communitycatspodcast.com/everythingtnr Visit TNR Workshops and Community Cat Care Training for more webinars like this - https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/community-cat-care-training-education/ This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies552), Urban Cat League (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/urban-cat-league), and Tomahawk Live Trap. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk). Please take a moment to visit them! Follow & Review We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
3/19/202445 minutes, 43 seconds
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551: Picking Up Pizza and Saving Cats with Nadia Oseguera, Program Manager for the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and Chris Ramon, Chief Program Officer for Pasadena Humane

Sometimes life surprises you with a mission when you least expect it, like during a routine pizza run that suddenly catapults you into the world of community cat care. That's exactly what happened to Nadia Oseguera and Chris Ramon, who found themselves drawn into the compassionate web of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and fostering initiatives.  Filled with both unexpected challenges and profound fulfillment, their stories showcase the emotional investment required to effect positive change for feline friends and their human counterparts. As you delve deeper into their inspiring journeys, uncover the deep-seated dedication that drives volunteers to tirelessly work towards a future where every cat is cared for and respected.  They also discuss creative solutions emerging in response to California's veterinarian shortage – a critical bottleneck in the quest to control cat populations. By bringing dairy veterinarians into the fold and focusing on specialized training, witness a community adapt and thrive even in the face of adversity. Join this heartfelt dive into the world of animal welfare, where every action and every volunteer can make an impactful difference. In this episode, you will hear: Dedication to helping community cats Community cat care challenges in California Improving efficiency in veterinary practices Community cat care program implementation Enhancing equity in animal shelter funding Building a strong support network Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies551) CA for All Animals Website - https://www.californiaforallanimals.com/ Nadia's Instagram - @nadiaoseguera  https://www.instagram.com/nadiaoseguera/  Pasadena Humane's Website - https://pasadenahumane.org/ Chris' Instagram - @christhecatguy https://www.instagram.com/christhecatguy/  Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
3/12/202430 minutes, 54 seconds
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550: Rethinking the Shelter with Erin-Claire (EC) Michaels, Executive Director of the Cat Care Society

Unlock the heart and soul of feline welfare with EC Michaels from the Cat Care Society, as we share an intimate conversation about a lifetime spent in the company of cats. This episode isn't just another talk – it's a journey through the passion-fueled world of cat care, punctuated by the society's groundbreaking work with special needs felines.  EC divulges the intricacies of a cage-free haven for those whiskered friends battling FELV and FIV, painting a vivid picture of an organization that has evolved over forty years to meet the ever-changing demands of cat welfare and adoption.  As we navigate the complexities of cat overpopulation in shelters, we delve into the systemic challenges and the triumphs of a society that manages an annual influx of a thousand cats. Discover the delicate balance of intake pressures, medical care, and the essential role of a foster network, all while reconstructing volunteer support in a post-pandemic world.  Join us as we extend a heartfelt call to action for all cat lovers to unite in our mission, and remember, your engagement on social media and podcast platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts propels our shared commitment to a brighter future for our feline companions. In this episode, you will hear: Cat Care Society’s mission and focus Balancing adoption of special needs cats Length of stay in cat shelter Resources from this Episode Cat Care Society Website - https://catcaresociety.org Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CatCareSociety/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/catcaresociety/ TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@catcaresociety YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIOsNdRlWrZuan1L-6zyxIg This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies550), Urban Cat League (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/urban-cat-league), and Tomahawk Live Trap. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk) Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
3/5/202421 minutes, 21 seconds
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549: Tech That Can Play Fetch with Chris Roy, Founder of Doobert.com

Take a peek into a future where technology and animal welfare walk paw-in-paw. Chris Roy is here to unpack the leaps Doobert has made in feline welfare technology. He’s bringing along their case management module that's reshaping how animal organizations handle the gamut of operations from colony management to those heartwarming adoption stories.  Imagine a world where automated workflows and two-way text messaging make life a breeze for those tirelessly reporting grants and tackling the day-to-day administrative hustle. That world isn't a far-off dream, it’s what Chris and Doobert are turning into a reality. Chris explains the versatility of their system and how this technology is not only making life easier for those working in animal welfare, but also enhancing the care and attention our feline friends receive.  Chris delves into the potential of chatbots and AI to offload some of the burdens faced by community caretakers. Finally, learn more about the innovative use of generative AI in marketing, from crafting adoption profiles to optimizing communications, and its role in the community cat pyramid framework, which assesses the balance between services provided and the needs within a community. Join this insightful discussion on how technology is paving the way for better animal welfare practices. In this episode, you will hear: Managing cases for animal organizations AI and chatbots for information gathering The potential of generative AI Chatbots in future organization planning Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies549) and Tomahawk Live Trap. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk) Visit the Doobert Website - http://doobert.com Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
2/27/202428 minutes, 6 seconds
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548: The Surprising Language of Community Cats with Sarah Brown, Cat Behavior Consultant and Author of “The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow”

Unravel the mysteries of feline behavior with the extraordinary Sarah Brown, a cat behavior expert with three decades of experience. Sarah shares her captivating journey from zoology student to PhD researcher, exploring the complex social dynamics within feral cat colonies. Listen in as she recounts her in-depth study of two cat colonies, one nestled in a hospital and the other successfully relocated to a farm, and breaks down the intricate communication methods of these often misunderstood creatures.  Her insights challenge the common perception of cats as distant and uncommunicative, shining a light on the critical role of spay/neuter programs and her unwavering dedication to cat rescue and rehabilitation. Discover the nuances of taming feral kittens and the significant factors that can influence their adaptability to a domestic setting.  Sarah enlightens us on the pivotal socialization window for kittens and the potential for older feral kittens to become loving pets. We also delve into the evolution of cat communication, the unique bonds they form with children, and even the prospects of future AI enhancing our interactions with these enigmatic companions. Tune in for a profound understanding of our feline friends and learn to appreciate the subtle cues that define their rich emotional lives. In this episode, you will hear: Understanding feline behavior Neutered cat colony social structures The variability of socializing feral cats Understanding cats' unique needs and communication Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies547) and Urban Cat League. (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/urban-cat-league) Dr. Brown's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/drsarahbrown/ Purchase The Hidden Language of Cats - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/690536/the-hidden-language-of-cats-by-sarah-brown/ Get the audiobook -  https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Language-Cats-They-Have/dp/B0BVNK2TCV/ref=sr_1_1?crid=37VCJ3AZ1I752&keywords=the+hidden+language+of+cats&qid=1707251477&sprefix=the+hidden+lan%2Caps%2C109&sr=8-1 Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
2/20/202426 minutes, 1 second
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547: The Free Feral Fix in Texas with Tiffany Ditto, Director of Marketing and Communication at Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

Have you ever wondered about the heroes behind the scenes, tirelessly working to ensure a better future for our feline companions? In a heartening discussion with Tiffany Ditto from the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, we journey into the frontlines of animal advocacy.  We reveal the transformative impact TCAP's low-cost veterinary services, including an astounding number of spay-neuter procedures, have on the lives of cats – both pet and feral – across Texas. Tiffany shares her passionate insights on TCAP's endorsement of Trap-Neuter-Return and Return to Field practices, vital vaccination programs, and the support systems in place for those caring for cat colonies.  Navigating the complexities of animal overpopulation requires innovation, collaboration, and education. This episode peels back the curtain on the cutting-edge veterinary surgery externship program TCAP has instituted, fostering a new generation of vets ready to tackle shelter medicine with zeal and expertise.  In this episode, you will hear: Combating the veterinarian shortage and enhancing animal welfare The critical role of wellness vaccination clinics in preventing pet surrenders Ending euthanasia through animal sterilization Trapping and fundraising for feral cats Improving cat life in Texas Borrowing cats to control cat overpopulation Age considerations for spaying and neutering   This episode is sponsored in part by:  Maddie’s Fund (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/maddies547) Tomahawk Live Trap (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/tomahawk) United Spay Alliance (https://www.unitedspayalliance.org)   Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
2/13/202429 minutes, 58 seconds
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Facing Feline Leukemia with Facts, Not Fear with Margaret Tompkins, Founder of the Tompkins Foundation

When Margaret Tompkins opened her home to a sickly kitten, little did she know that this act of kindness would catapult her into a lifelong mission to advocate for feline leukemia positive cats. Her story is at the heart of our latest episode, where she recounts her transformative journey and how it's led to her role as president of the Tompkins Foundation for Feline Leukemia Advocacy. She offers a deep dive into the often-misunderstood world of FeLV, sharing how fostering kittens led to defying euthanasia policies and how she's using social media to educate the public. Join us for a moving exploration of Margaret's tireless efforts to change perceptions and improve the lives of FeLV cats through adoption and awareness.  Shifting gears, we tackle the nuts and bolts of managing FeLV in the wider feline population. I explore the lifesaving impact of spaying and neutering, not only for controlling cat populations but as a key strategy in preventing the spread of FeLV from mother to kitten. We also talk about the importance and effectiveness of vaccination programs, like those offered by Merck, and how they play a crucial role even in multi-cat households. Sharing experiences and expert insights, we highlight the nuances of caring for mixed-status feline families and the significance of initiatives like TNR in creating a safer environment for all our furry friends. Tune in for an engaging discussion that promises to arm you with knowledge and inspire action for the welfare of cats with FeLV. In this episode, you will hear: Key resources for feline leukemia advocacy Merck vaccine's impact on cat health Feline leukemia knowledge for veterinarians Memorable first kitty adoption Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund. Margaret’s email - [email protected]  Owners of FeLV/FIV Cats- https://www.facebook.com/groups/26073442228/ …if you have questions or concerns please email [email protected].  Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
2/6/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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Less Price, More Purr with Rick DuCharme, Owner of RLD Consulting and Managing Partner of The Community Cat Clinic

Join the transformational journey with Rick DuCharme, a former heavy equipment industry professional turned no-kill movement leader, as we unpack the meaningful strides made in animal welfare. Our enlightening conversation delves into Rick's leap into the world of cats and dogs, where he has championed spay-neuter initiatives and pioneered the first return-to-field program for feral cats in Jacksonville, leading the city to a praiseworthy no-kill status. His passion for the cause is undeniable as we traverse the challenges and victories that come with reducing shelter admissions and euthanasia rates, making a lasting imprint on the lives of countless furry friends. Discover the heartwarming inception story of the Community Cat Clinic and how it embodies Rick's commitment to providing accessible, quality veterinary care. The clinic's inception, spurred by a simple newspaper article and a subsequent tenure on the mayor's task force, showcases a successful merge of business acumen and heartfelt animal advocacy. The clinic's philosophy of incremental care offers a lifeline to owners across financial spectra, ensuring their beloved cats receive the necessary care without breaking the bank. Our chat with Rick brings to light the delicate balance the clinic maintains, offering a haven for felines and peace of mind for their human companions.  Ultimately, the importance of accessible veterinary services stands at the forefront, highlighting how the CommunityCat Clinic swiftly accommodates appointments and prepares to launch its new website. Rick's ethos of community initiative resonates as he shares how small steps can forge a significant impact, from aiding a single cat to driving large-scale change. Join this conversation and champion the cause of our feline friends – reminding everyone that every action counts towards a kinder world for cats. In this episode, you will hear: Rick's passion for cats Animal control task force involvement State of the art cat clinic Trap recovery and cat drop-off Benefits of traveling for veterinary care Partnering with Community Cat Clinic Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund and Tomahawk Live Trap. https://rldconsultingservices.com https://communitycatclinic.com …if you have questions or concerns please email [email protected].    Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
1/30/202430 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Special "Because We Love It" Episode! Check Out the Kindred Podcast with Kate Coffin, Jenn Asplundh, and Dr. Kristyn Vitale

“I feel like so much of why cat’s get a bad rap is because they seem to be juxtaposed to dogs and dog behavior.” Today we wanted to share an episode of Kindred, a podcast hosted by sisters Kate Coffin and Jenn Asplundh. It explores the intricate and interdependent relationship that humans have with animals and nature. Their episodes are always intriguing and we thought you'd enjoy their show as much as we do. In this  episode, Kate and Jenn speak with Dr. Kristyn Vitale, whose work focuses on companion animal behavior, specifically cat social cognition, cat behavior, and human-cat interaction. Kristyn walks them through why cats can be misunderstood and how we can understand them better, and busting myths that have persisted for far too long. Turns out Spot and Fido aren't the only ones who can be taught how to sit, stay, and roll over! We hope you enjoy their show and if you'd like to learn more, you can visit kindredpodcast.co and if you'd like to binge all their episodes you can find Kindred on Apple Podcasts and most other podcast platforms. Resources for This Episode Dr. Kristyn Vitale, Instagram @maueyes https://maueyes.com/ Netflix's Inside the Mind of a Cat Mentioned in the Intro: No, It's Not Actually a Murder of Crows by Nicolas Lund Find out more info and message us at kindredpodcast.co and follow them at: Instagram - @thekindredpod  Twitter - @the_kindred_pod  Facebook - @thekindredpod  Support Kindred on Patreon - kindredpodcast
1/27/202447 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sharing Adoption Secrets for Hard to Adopt Cats with Halle Hamilton, Cat Adoption Manager, Austin Pets Alive

Every cat has its tale, and this week's chat with Halle Hamilton of Austin Pets Alive brings a new narrative to the forefront of feline rescue. As we weave through Halle's own transformation from a dancer to a pioneer in cat adoptions, we uncover the heartwarming stories of special needs kitties who have found their stride thanks to innovative strategies and heartfelt community involvement. Celebrate with us the triumphs of our cat adoption and foster programs, which see incontinent and diabetic whiskered wonders stepping into loving homes like never before. The upcoming 2024 Online Cat Conference looms on the horizon, ready to unleash a wealth of knowledge for cat devotees and professionals eager to learn and share.  As the purring crescendo of our conversation fades, we extend an invitation for you to continue the dialogue beyond the airwaves. Engage with fellow feline aficionados on social media, and if our tales of tails have touched your heart, consider leaving a review to help more cat champions tune in. Together we're not just sharing stories; we're creating a community stitched together with every successful adoption, every insightful conference, and every cat's happily-ever-after. With Halle's expertise lighting the way, join us in celebrating and contributing to the ongoing mission of cat welfare. In this episode, you will hear: Austin Pets Alive’s innovative approaches to save the most at-risk cats from other shelters The remarkable achievements of our cat adoption program Adoptions through volunteer marketing Fostering a safe and healthy environment for cats through community engagement and feedback Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund and Tomahawk Live Trap. Austin Pets Alive - https://www.austinpetsalive.org/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/austinpetsalive/ Insta - https://www.instagram.com/austinpetsalive/?hl=en Twitter - https://twitter.com/austinpetsalive YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/AUSTINPETSALIVE …if you have questions or concerns please email [email protected].   Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
1/23/202424 minutes, 4 seconds
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With Enthusiasm We Work Together with Donna Brown, Founder of Garden City Community Cats Project

When Donna Brown first noticed the shadowy figures of cats darting through the alleys of Garden City, little did she know she'd become the champion of a thousand feline lives. This heartfelt conversation peels back the layers of Donna's transformation from an everyday citizen to the founder of the Garden City Community Cats Project, a beacon of hope in the world of TNR (trap-neuter-return).  Turning empathy into action, Donna shares her transformation from unawareness to advocacy and how she has spurred a movement that not only helped over a thousand cats, but also reflects the very heart of community engagement.  Listen in as we shed light on the nuances of feral feline life and the humans who bridge the gap between wildness and belonging. Learn how Donna and her team employ innovative strategies like transfer boards to gently guide cats to safety and health, and how they've cultivated a robust network of support that extends far beyond the expected.  Discover the importance of clear communication and resource sharing, particularly in areas where access to technology is limited. This episode is not only a tribute to the feline friends we cherish – but also to the unsung heroes who make a profound difference in their lives – and ours. In this episode, you will hear: Young girls' impact on cat rescue Impact on Garden City's cat community The importance of free roaming cats Supporting caregivers  Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund. Resources and Links for Show Notes: Garden City Community Cats Project - https://www.gcccproject.com/ …if you have questions or concerns please email [email protected].    Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
1/16/202426 minutes, 38 seconds
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Eliminating Economic Euthanasia with Steven Mornelli, Waggle.org

Have you ever been stopped dead in your tracks by a story that not only breaks your heart but also fuels a fire within you to create change? That's exactly the experience Steven Mornelli from Waggle.org had, and it led him to tackle the gut-wrenching issue of economic euthanasia head-on. Steven unveils the narrative of his leap from the financial and data sciences sectors to the birth of a platform giving pets a fighting chance. With Waggle's unique model, your donations reach directly into the veterinary clinics, ensuring your generosity translates into life-saving treatment, not just goodwill.  Delving deeper, the dialogue pivots to the profound influence of Waggle, particularly when it comes to the cat community and the ever-essential spay and neuter initiatives. Sometimes, it's not always about big marketing budgets; sometimes, the most compelling stories are what drive change.  Steven hones in on the heart of Waggle's mission – the Forever Fund. This pulsing vein of recurring contributions fortifies the platform's capacity to offer matching grants and consistent support to those furry companions most in need. It's the power of ongoing support that amplifies our efforts, and through heartfelt tales and strategic partnerships, Waggle is painting a brighter future for pets and their humans.  It’s more than just a financial assistance program; it's a testament to the unbreakable bond we share with our animal companions, especially in a post-pandemic world. As the episode wraps up, Steven's passion is palpable, leaving us with a rallying call to visit Waggle's resource center, contribute, and learn how we can all play a part in the wellness of our beloved pets. In this episode, you will hear: Creating Waggle.org Waggle's impact and the Forever Fund Impact of veterinary shortage on Waggle Connecting vets and pet owners nonprofit Waggle's partnership With Community Cats  Resources from this Episode This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund. http://waggle.org https://www.instagram.com/waggleforpets/ https://www.facebook.com/waggleforpets/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/waggle.org https://www.youtube.com/@waggleforpets …if you have questions or concerns please email [email protected].  Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.
1/9/202422 minutes, 20 seconds
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Spurring Change for Cats from the Top Down with Jonlyn Freeman, Founder of NYC Cat Rescuer Alliance and Meagan Licari, President of Puppy Kitty NY City

Ever wondered about the hurdles faced by animal rescuers in bustling metropolitan areas? Packed with first-hand accounts from these inspiring guests, Jonlyn Freeman and Meagan Licari, this episode takes a deep look into the complex realm of feline welfare in New York City. Amid the chaos of the pandemic, these dedicated cat-lovers remained undeterred, courageously navigating the challenges of an overwhelmed animal healthcare system, and the tragic issue of animal abandonment in lower-income neighborhoods.  Join this heartfelt discussion on the urgent need for city-funded spay-neuter programs, and the brick walls they often encounter with city officials. Listen closely, as they shed light on the questionable funding allocation of large organizations like the ASPCA, and ask the hard-hitting question: Shouldn't active solution-makers be in the driver's seat of decision making?  This episode will take you on a journey through untold stories of community collaboration, fluid communication and the potential for neighborhood clinics to help turn the tide. Yet, the battle is far from over. This episode unpacks the looming cat overpopulation crisis, the snail's pace at which city officials are recognizing it, and why private organizations need to join forces with municipal bodies to tackle it.  Hear about Jonlyn and Meagan's ongoing initiatives, including advocating for discretionary funding and exploring legislative options. And if you've ever wondered how to turn your passion for cats into action, meet the New York City Cat Alliance, an invaluable resource to get involved. So tune in, and let's change the world for our feline friends – one paw at a time! In this episode, you will hear: Rescuers unite for city-funded spay-neuter Lack of animal leadership in NYC Community involvement in animal care The need for dedicated animal resources Rescuers, vets, and spay/neuter system Resources from this Episode https://nyccatalliance.com/ https://www.instagram.com/nyccatrescueralliance/ https://www.puppykittynyc.org/ This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie’s Fund and Tomahawk Live Trap. …if you have questions or concerns please email [email protected].  Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. Episode Credits If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.  
1/2/202432 minutes
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It's a special episode! Part Two of The Drop Trap: A Trapper’s Best Friend Presented by Neighborhood Cats

"Another specialized use of the drop trap is when you're trying to catch a mom and her kittens..." This episode is sponsored in part by Maddie's Fund. This is part two of a special audio presentation of a free webinar offered to trappers earlier in 2023. If you’d like to watch this presentation, you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education. Join Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director of Neighborhood Cats, as he walks you through how to use a drop trap - possibly the most helpful piece of equipment a trapper can have on hand! This section of the webinar covers more advanced techniques including building platforms to conquer uneven ground, using remote controls to trigger a drop trap, how to set up a "drop trap 360", catching many cats at the same time by training them to cluster eat, and more! Join the co-designers of the first commercially available drop trap, as they discuss how to use this invaluable tool. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. We also encourage you to check out Tomahawk Live Traps, which Bryan is mentions in this presentation, and sign up for a TNR Certification Workshop so you can take action to help control the cat population in 2024. And if you're excited to start using the drop trap and would like to connect with other Community Cats Podcast listeners to get more tips and tricks, to ask about issues you might run into, and of course to post pictures of your successful trapping, you can join our Facebook group!
12/26/202331 minutes, 48 seconds
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It's a special episode! Part One of The Drop Trap: A Trapper’s Best Friend Presented by Neighborhood Cats

"It's great to have the cat you're after, see another cat come in, have a bite to eat, and then leave. Nothing happens. Nothing dramatic. That can help persuade them that it's just fine to go in; nothing to worry about here." This episode is sponsored in part by Meow Cat Lounge, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. This is part one of a special audio presentation of a free webinar offered to trappers earlier in 2023. If you’d like to watch this presentation, you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education. Join Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director of Neighborhood Cats, as he walks you through how to use a drop trap - possibly the most helpful piece of equipment a trapper can have on hand! Trying to catch the last cat in your colony who isn’t fixed? Got a wily feral who just won’t go into a box trap, no matter how much you spend on roasted chicken? How about catching a litter of kittens all at once—with their mom? All these tough trapping situations and more can be solved if you know how to use a drop trap! Join the co-designers of the first commercially available drop trap, as they discuss how to use this invaluable tool. Plus tips and tricks for advanced drop trappers, too. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. Don't forget to subscribe so you won't miss part two next week!
12/19/202333 minutes, 5 seconds
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It's a special episode! Mike Phillips, LVT and President of Urban Cat League, interviews Stacy LeBaron.

"The cats are a vehicle for us to all get our act together and take responsibility for every part of the community." This episode is sponsored in part by Meow Cat Lounge, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this special episode, Mike Phillips of UrbanCatLeague.org sits down to interview Stacy and take a closer look at Stacy's work with Community Cats and her goal of showcasing positive influencers in the feline community. Stacy's diverse background, including achievements in sports and urban planning, emphasizes her creative problem-solving, influenced by her father's entrepreneurial spirit. As the founder of the Community Cats Podcast, Stacy is working to turn cat passion into action. The conversation explores Stacy's podcast legacy and her commitment to helping organizations establish effective Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. They emphasize responsiveness and the podcast's role in disseminating insightful discussions. They stress the importance of responsiveness and the podcast's role in disseminating insightful discussions to a broader audience. Mike and Stacy stress the critical need to address cat overpopulation and spaying/neutering accessibility challenges. They highlight the positive impact of TNR programs, emphasizing collaboration for effective community cat solutions. The conversation concludes by underlining the Community Cats podcast's positive influence and Stacy's pitch for addressing feral cat issues through affordable spay-neuter services and strategic community support programs. You can learn more about Mike and Urban Cat League on their website and don't miss his phenomenal tutorial focused on socializing feral cats and kittens on the Urban Cat League YouTube channel. (We subscribe to their channel - you might want to too!) If you enjoyed this episode, you might also enjoy Stacy's previous interview with Mike Philips on episode #71. Give it a listen!
12/12/202339 minutes, 37 seconds
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Calming Your Anxious Cat with Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator, Energy Healer, Author, Speaker and Educator

“Anybody could sit down and get quiet for a moment…then just get a sense. Like, is my household stressful? Is my cat living her best life? What have we got going on here that I could do that could make it easier for the cat?” This episode is sponsored in part by Meow Cat Lounge, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacey chats with Joan Ronquette, a seasoned animal communicator. With over 30 years of experience, Joan emphasizes the importance of addressing animals' emotional well-being, focusing on anxiety. Joan is an expert in using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping to alleviate animal anxiety. The conversation covers proactive anxiety management, the responsibilities of guardianship, and challenges in enriching indoor environments for cats. Joan introduces her latest book on EFT for animals, detailing its content and its role in achieving lasting emotional release. The focus remains on fostering a deeper connection with animals and promoting their overall well-being. Explore Joan's book, "Energy Healing for Animals," on Amazon here. Find more of her books on her website here. For details about Joan and to take her animal empath quiz, visit joanranquet.com.
12/5/202324 minutes, 36 seconds
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Cats and Eternity with Allia Zobel Nolan, Best-Selling Author

“Little things like that…If everybody does some little thing, it will work to our benefit with the cats.” This episode is sponsored in part by Meow Cat Lounge, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Allia Zobel Nolan, an international best-selling author of over 150 titles, whose body of work reflects her main passions: God and cats. Stacy and Allia talk about their love for cats and the unique relationships that can develop between cats and their people. Allia shares more about her volunteer work with cats, and the little ways she’s found to continue giving back and helping out, even if she doesn’t have the same time or resources as she’s had before. Allia talks about the motivation and inspiration behind her newest book, Heavenly Heabutts: Reflections of Hope about Cats and Eternity. Faced with the loss of three of her cats in close succession, Allia talks about her journey to find comfort and hope. She opens up about the book and her intentions, and her sincere hope that it will be poignant, insightful – and maybe a little humorous – for anyone else who has experienced the loss of their beloved feline companion. Heavenly Headbutts: Reflections of Hope and Cats and Eternity is available to purchase on Amazon here. More books by Allia are available to purchase on Amazon here. For more information about Allia and her publications, visit alliahwrites.com or find her on Facebook here. In this episode, Stacy and Allia also talk about paper collars. You can find a downloadable template of that tool here.
11/28/202329 minutes, 52 seconds
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Oops! We Need to Fix the Veterinary Shortage with Amy Newfield, MS, CVT, VTS (ECC), Owner of Veterinary Team Training

“We’ve got to use veterinary technicians. And here’s what happens – I feel so good getting to help a pet owner and increase that pet owner-animal bond, and my veterinarian can go do doctor things! If you utilize your technicians more, you get to be a doctor more.” This episode is sponsored in part by Meow Cat Lounge, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today’s show, Stacy chats with Amy Newfiled, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Emergency & Critical Care, author, and owner of the educational platform Veterinary Team Training. In this episode, Stacy and Amy talk about the field of veterinary medicine, and how the role of veterinary technicians in particular has grown and evolved since the 1990s. They talk about the key differences between veterinary technicians, specialists, and assistants, and what the general public should keep in mind when taking their animals to their veterinary care provider. They also discuss the many challenges veterinarians and practices are facing today, including the worst staffing shortages – from veterinarians to veterinary technicians, to front desk support – that Amy has seen in her career. They also talk about the capabilities of veterinary technicians, and the opportunities available to veterinarians who fully utilize their teams. Amy talks about her books in the Oops Management Series, Oops, I Became a Manager, and Oops, My Team is Toxic, aimed at helping managers and leaders in the veterinary profession build stronger leaders and create and maintain positive work cultures. The Oops Management Series currently includes three books, available to purchase on Amazon. Amy also tells us about Vet Team Training, and her work to help develop teams through practical and real-world techniques. The website offers free information and videos for anyone with a passion for animals, as well as RACE-accredited courses for veterinary technicians looking to continue their education. More information about Vet Team Training is available at www.vetteamtraining.com. More information about the CE courses offered by Vet Team Training is available here.
11/21/202333 minutes, 53 seconds
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Paying for it All Because the Cats Can't with Sandy Rees, Founder of Fundraising TV, Chief Encouragement Officer at Get Fully Funded

"Everybody has what it takes to go raise the money they need, to fully fund their organization, to grow, to help more cats, to save more lives, to do what their mission is all about. It’s all doable.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy sits down once again with a long-time friend of the show and fundraiser extraordinaire, Sandy Rees, who is the founder of Fundraising TV and the Chief Encouragement Officer at Get Fully Funded. During this episode, they dig into the realities and challenges of fundraising, and the feasibility of raising money for “unsexy” causes like community cats and spay/neuter. Sandy emphasizes her belief that every cause is “sexy” – you just have to find the right angle and the right story to share with your donors. Stacy asks about the “core number” and how it can be leveraged to improve fundraising overall. Sandy talks about the importance of messaging, and how just a few simple shifts in our storytelling can lead to some serious ROI when it comes to fundraising. Sandy gives her best tips and advice for organizations heading into the holiday fundraising season, including the best ways to connect with donors on social media and email, the power of saying thank you, when to get those holiday appeals in the mail, and more. And finally, Sandy tells us more about Fundraising TV and the meaningful support and accountability the program offers to anyone interested in building their fundraising to fully fund their programs. To learn more about Get Fully Funded, visit www.getfullyfunded.org. More information on Fundraising TV is available here. Like what you’ve heard? Submit a request for a free consultation with Get Fully Funded here. Check out previous episodes of the podcast featuring Sandy: Episode #226 and Episode #287
11/14/202337 minutes, 41 seconds
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Starting at Grassroots and Sharing Our Spay/Neuter Skills with Becky Morrow, DVM, MS, CAWA, Asst. Teaching Prof., PSU; Adjunct Faculty, UF College of Veterinary Medicine; President & Medical Dir., Frankie's Friends Cat Rescue; Medical Dir., Vetenari

“It’s a matter of starting from the ground up; not having the resources, but still getting it done." This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Dr. Becky Morrow, a shelter veterinarian and professor who is very active in the small animal community. As a veterinarian, Dr. Morrow shines a light on what vets are typically exposed to during vet school – and just how limited their knowledge may be when it comes to community cats and the overwhelming demand for low-cost spay/neuter services. They discuss how Dr. Morrow first began her mobile clinic – with a box trailer turned surgical suite – to offer much-needed HQHVSN services on the road, utilizing caregivers' homes, fire halls, and other community spaces to get the job done. They conclude their conversation with the veterinary shortage, ruminating on what can be done to help create more spay/neuter opportunities in our communities. For Dr. Morrow, the solution lies in providing more training opportunities for veterinarians to gain competence – and confidence – in performing HQHVSN surgeries. They talk about the overall benefits of HQHVSN techniques, and why they shouldn’t be limited to just the animal welfare space. To learn more about Frankie’s Friends or find more information about their veterinary training programs, visit www.frankies-friends.org.
11/7/202327 minutes, 32 seconds
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Wine, Dine, and Rescue with Nicole Smith, Co-Owner of Whiskers and Wine Bar

“If we can make a small dent in helping save kitties’ lives and making people happy, . . . to us, that’s so meaningful.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy talks with Nicole Smith, the co-owner of Whiskers and Wine Bar. Based in San Diego, California, Whiskers and Wine Bar has adoptable cats, amazing food, and a full bar. In its first year of operation, it helped over 150 cats find homes. In her conversation with Stacy, Nicole explains what prompted her to leave her career in the corporate world to open up a cat café. She talks about the cat café (Pounce Cat Café) that inspired her and describes what went on behind the scenes before opening the doors of Whiskers and Wine Bar. Nicole also touches on some of the features and policies of the café. To learn more about Whiskers and Wine Bar, visit their website or visit them on Instagram or Facebook.
10/31/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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The New Breed of Animal Control Pros with Daniel Ettinger, Animal Control Supervisor in Colorado, and Host of the Animal Control Report Podcast

“We help protect people from animals, and animals from people.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy sits down with Daniel Etitnger, host of The Animal Control Report podcast for an interesting conversation about the animal control profession. Stacy and Daniel talk about the shifting role of animal control, including the historic (and negative) view of animal control officers as little more than dog-catchers. Daniel talks about the important shift in animal control policies towards more humane and inclusive practices, and the crucial role that passion for animals has for all involved. They also discuss about the impact animal control professionals can have on their communities, leveraging both their discretion and integrity to help as many people and animals get the positive outcomes they’re looking for. They talk about the challenges facing the animal control profession, and the importance of finding people who are truly passionate about helping animals. Daniel also shares his advice for anyone who is looking to enter the animal control profession! Daniel shares more information about his podcast, The Animal Control Report, and his goal of providing more training and information for animal control professionals – but also providing a window into the animal control profession for the community at large. He also mentions the new Podcast Network they’ve created to help people who enjoy animal-related podcasts find similar content (like The Community Cats Podcast!). The Animal Control Report is available on all major podcast platforms. To learn more about The Animal Control Report or the Podcast Network, visit keepithumane.com.
10/24/202333 minutes, 16 seconds
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Boosting Your Cat-Centered Organization's Board with Sonia Saleh, Founder of Uplifting Nonprofits

“It’s really important to show that the Board is invested in the organization.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy talks with Sonia Saleh, the founder of Uplifting Nonprofits and creator of the program Unleash Your Inner Fundraiser. The primary focus of Uplifting Nonprofits is to bring fundraising mastery to nonprofits. In her conversation with Stacy, Sonia talks all about Boards and organizational governance. She explains the critical role that the Board plays for an organization, describing it as the heart of an organization. She stresses the importance of finding Board members that align with the organization’s mission. Sonia also discusses fundraising, donors, recruiting, and more. To learn more about Sonia’s work, visit her website.
10/17/202339 seconds
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Cat Pawsitive 360 with Jackson Galaxy, Star of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and Founder of The Jackson Galaxy Project, and Steve Kaufman, Vice President of Operations for the GOODS Program at Greater Good Charities

“It’s just the willingness to go where it takes you. And it will always take you somewhere.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this special episode, the Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy, returns to the show (CCP Episode 175). Jackson, a New York Times bestselling author, renowned cat behavior and wellness expert, and longtime host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, is also the founder of the Jackson Galaxy Project, a program of Greater Goods Charities. Jackson is accompanied by Steve Kaufman, Vice President of Operations of the GOODS Program at Greater Goods Charities. In their conversation with Stacy, Jackson and Steve discuss Cat Pawsitive 360, an initiative of The Galaxy Project. The initiative, Jackson explains, provides a 360-degree view of the feline experience on everything from behavioral models to environmental enrichment to save more lives and improve the well-being of cats both in and out of the shelter. He explains that understanding cats is essential to form a “rich, rewarding, and lasting relationship”. Finally, Jackson discusses his recent travel and work in Spain and highlights the importance of caring for community cats, stressing that they “are members of your community who deserve love and respect”. To learn more about The Jackson Galaxy Project, visit their website.
10/10/202330 minutes, 21 seconds
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Your Path to the Perfect Multi Cat Lifestyle with Melody Kwan, MeloCat

“[There is] nothing that love, patience, time, and effort cannot fix.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy is joined by Melody Kwan, aka MeloCat, a cat rescuer, foster, and volunteer-based in Hong Kong. Melody, a former guest of the show (CCP Episode 476) and presenter at the Annual Online Cat Conference lives with her 10 cats in her 555 sq foot apartment. In talking with Stacy, Melody discusses her side business of helping those with cat problems. She explains how she became the go-to person for cat problems in her area and shares some of the most frequent feline behavioral issues she is approached about. Melody expands on her previous discussion about what life is like for community cats in Hong Kong and touches on the perception of those caring for these cats. She also discusses her podcast, MeloCat’s Expert Chat, and describes her multilevel litterbox system. To learn more about Melody and her work, visit her on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook.
10/3/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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In Case of Emergency with Janice Cobb, Creator of the Save My Pet ID Tag

“Pets make us human.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy is joined by Janice Cobb, creator of the Save My Pet ID Tag and former guest of the show (CCP Episode 478). In her conversation with Stacy, Janice discusses our special bond with pets. She describes how they teach us invaluable lessons about unconditional love and how she firmly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a pet. Janice discusses her experience working with adoption programs and highlights some of the challenges with access to adoption, particularly for older adults. Janice also talks about the Save My Pet ID Tag, a custom engraved necklace, bracelet, or keychain with your pet’s information and an emergency contact. She stresses the importance of being prepared for your pets in the event of an accident and explains how the ID tag provides a level of security. To learn more about the Save My Pet ID Tag, visit their website.
9/26/202329 minutes, 18 seconds
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Finding Cat-Loving People with Audrey Stratton, Clinic Supervisor at Feral Cat Coalition

“We need more people that are eager and willing to help see a problem and want to be a part of the solution.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy talks to Audrey Stratton, Clinic Supervisor at the Feral Cat Coalition, an organization based in San Diego that is dedicated to reducing overpopulation and improving the lives of cats through TNR services. Founded in 1992, the Feral Cat Coalition has spayed and neutered more than 50,000 community cats. In her conversation with Stacy, Audrey talks all about community cats and TNR. She describes the changing landscape for community cats and the growing need for more TNR volunteers. Audrey discusses several hot topics, including access to care issues and whether to spay pregnant cats. She also provides her thoughts on addressing some of the frequently encountered issues in the field, such as compassion fatigue and staffing shortage. To learn more about the Feral Cat Coalition, visit their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
9/19/202331 minutes, 32 seconds
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A Friend for Life with Julie Totten, Founder of Cat Companions

“Animals are wonderful in helping comfort you and provide an opportunity for you to take care of someone rather than just worrying about yourself.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Julie Totten, the founder of Cat Companions, an organization whose mission is to comfort people with disabilities with emotional support cats while providing the cats with a loving home. The organization is based in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, and offers services to people in Eastern Massachusetts with any type of disability. In her discussion with Stacy, Julie describes what inspired her to found Cat Companions. She provides an overview of the program, including the matching process and ongoing care. Julie explores the organization's goals and discusses some of the program's limitations, as well as its potential to serve as a model for other states across the country. To learn more about Cat Companions, visit their website.
9/12/202326 minutes, 13 seconds
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Strategies for Reducing Cat Populations, with Stacy LeBaron, Host of The Community Cats Podcast

“First and foremost, before me telling them [why they should neuter their indoor/outdoor cat], I want to find out what will move the needle for them.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today's special podcast, we are proud to bring you the audio version of "Strategies for Reducing Cat Populations". In this episode, Stacy LeBaron, host of The Community Cats Podcast, long-time TNR advocate/practitioner, and non-profit administrator, shares her experience and offers suggestions to address the most common situations that can arise when birds, raccoons, coyotes, and other species live alongside a managed community cat colony. She discusses how she navigated working with various agencies to promote TNR and gives details on cases where both cat lovers and bird enthusiasts have come together to make it work for the benefit of all the animals - and people - involved. The session includes a Q&A period where the audience gets their questions answered and learns some talking points to explain to others how TNR benefits wildlife. Additional insight is given by special guests Mike Phillips, president of the Urban Cat League (you can hear more from him in episode 71), and Shelia Massy, president and founder of Hard Hat Cats (who was featured on episode 494). If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can visit our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Pyramid page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
9/5/202347 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fostering Relationships with Niki Cudsworth, Board Member of the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition

“One cat at a time, we can make a difference.” This episode is sponsored in part by The Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Niki Cudsworth, a board member of the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition (VFCC), an organization that seeks to reduce cat overpopulation by practicing, teaching, and raising awareness of TNR. In its efforts to curb overpopulation, the organization offers TNR Vouchers for getting community cats spayed/neutered with a $30 copay. In her conversation with Stacy, Niki discusses VFCC’s voucher program and describes how the organization’s monthly clinics operate. She outlines the organization’s various partnerships and explains how it collaborates with local rescues. Niki also highlights the importance of fundraising, fiscal responsibility, collaborating with the community, and fostering a relationship with veterinarians. To learn more about the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition, visit their website or Facebook page. The following organizations are mentioned during this episode: Companion Animal Medical Center Valley Oak SPCA
8/29/202326 minutes, 16 seconds
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Reporting on Resources with Daniel Spehar, Co-Founder of the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats

“We really need to explore the unique needs and challenges that exist in the different parts of the state . . . so that when potential remedies are offered or additional resources are created, they can be targeted.” This episode is sponsored in part by The Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy is joined by Dan Spehar, co-founder of the Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats and a former guest of the show (CCP Episode 240). Dan is also an independent researcher who focuses on community cat management and has co-authored numerous published peer-reviewed articles on the subject. In his conversation with Stacy, Dan summarizes some of his findings from his recent report, “Identifying Ohio’s Community Cat Resources: A State of the State Report, 2023”. This report, which resulted from research funded by Ohio Animal Advocates, provides a directory of community cat spay-neuter and TNR services by county and a comprehensive assessment of the current community cat resource landscape in Ohio. Dan also discusses a prior report examining the efficacy of a TNR program in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Additionally, he and Stacy discuss the veterinary shortage issue, and Dan describes some of Ohio’s recent legislative efforts in addressing these issues. To learn more about Dan’s work, visit the Together Initiative’s website. You can also reach out to Dan directly by email at [email protected].
8/22/202338 minutes, 47 seconds
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Shifting the Mindset in Municipal Sheltering with Heidi Williams, Director of the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter

“Have integrity, do the right thing, and the rest of it falls into place.” This episode is sponsored in part by The Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. This week, Stacy sits down with Heidi Williams, director of the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter in Mason, Michigan. Ingham County is a municipal shelter that takes in approximately 3,000 animals per year. The county launched a TNR program in 2023 to provide support to the estimated 50,000 community cats that call Ingham County home. Stacy and Heidi talk about her background as a first responder, and how she came to find herself in animal control and sheltering. They discuss her unique perspective as the director of a municipal shelter, and how they worked with the community to build support for a county-supported TNR program. They also discuss the role of managed intake, the importance of empowering and supporting your staff, and the other important changes Heidi has made during her tenure to help her organization become a well-respected destination adoption location.  For more information about Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter or to get in touch with Heidi, visit snipandclip.org or AC.ingham.org. 
8/15/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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Targeted TNR & Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck, Part 2, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats

“You also want to know your community so your outreach is effective.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today's podcast, we are proud to bring you part two of the audio version of "Targeted TNR & Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck Presented by Neighborhood Cats". (If you haven’t listened to part one, you can check it out here.) The more cats you fix, the more impact your TNR program will have, right? Wrong! Spay/neuter volume alone is rarely enough by itself to keep consistently reducing a community’s free-roaming cat population over time. Another aspect of the program needs to be identifying areas of high need (meaning, lots of cats) and then focusing TNR resources at that location in order to achieve high sterilization rates. Discover what targeting is, why it’s so important, and how you can do it no matter how large or small your program is. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can visit our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
8/8/202334 minutes, 12 seconds
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Targeted TNR & Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats

“...if you do it in this concentrated way, where you're focused on one part of the community...by in larger you'll have defeated the vacuum effect.” This episode is sponsored in part by Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today's podcast, we are proud to bring you part one of the audio version of "Targeted TNR & Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck Presented by Neighborhood Cats". The more cats you fix, the more impact your TNR program will have, right? Wrong! Spay/neuter volume alone is rarely enough by itself to keep consistently reducing a community’s free-roaming cat population over time. Another aspect of the program needs to be identifying areas of high need (meaning, lots of cats) and then focusing TNR resources at that location in order to achieve high sterilization rates. Discover what targeting is, why it’s so important, and how you can do it no matter how large or small your program is. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can visit our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
8/1/202338 minutes, 42 seconds
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Felines, Forensics and Affordable Care with Dr. Michelle Gonzalez (aka Dr. G), Owner of the Rascal Unit

“As veterinarians, we have to educate people.” This episode is sponsored in part by The Urban Cat League, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Dr. G, owner of the Rascal Unit, which consists of two mobile veterinary hospitals that provide high-volume pet sterilization and routine veterinary care throughout Ohio. In her discussion with Stacy, Dr. G describes the array of services that the Rascal Unit provides. She also details encounters with cat hoarding situations and describes these different types of hoarders, which include overwhelmed caregivers and rescue hoarders. Dr. G explains how she approaches these hoarding situations and how she prepares her team as well. Dr. G also describes her work in the field of veterinary forensics, which is the application of veterinary medicine and forensic sciences to legal settings. She also talks about her podcast, the Animal Welfare Junction, where she discusses animal welfare topics and forensic cases. You can visit Dr. G’s website to learn more about her veterinary forensics work.
7/25/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tracking the Stats for Cats with Stephanie Filer, Executive Director of Shelter Animals Count

“There’s a lot of tools that we offer to make really understanding the data easier and start to identify where the need still exists.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Stephanie Flier, Executive Director of Shelter Animals Count, an organization that maintains a centralized, standardized database for animal shelter statistics. The organization's database, established in 2012, tracks shelter intakes and outcomes, and in 2021, they started collecting community services data. In her conversation with Stacy, Stephanie describes how Shelter Animals Count collects its data from the nearly 7,000 participating organizations across the country and then transforms it into interactive data dashboards. Stephanie provides some tips on how to navigate this data and highlights some of its features. She also discusses recent shelter trends, post-pandemic challenges, and more. To learn more about Shelter Animals Count, visit their website.
7/18/202327 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mobilizing the Community to Make TNR Happen, Part 2, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats

“We're not going to the with a sense of entitlement...that's not going to get you very far...you have to let organizations move at a pace they're comfortable with and realize things can accelerate once they get involved.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today's podcast, we are proud to bring you part two of the audio version of "Mobilizing the Community to Make TNR Happen Presented by Neighborhood Cats". (If you haven't listened to part one, you can check it out here.) So many cats, so few trappers… and veterinarians… and holding space… and transporters. If you live in a well-populated urban or suburban area and you’re trying to use TNR to address your city or town’s entire free-roaming cat population, you’ll need a lot of help! How do you mobilize the public to trap the cats in their backyards, get hands-on involvement, attract volunteers, and gain community support? In parts one and two of this special release, you'll learn from the folks who started the community TNR program in New York City and helped other municipalities organize their programs. We’ll go over training the public, providing support services, tracking success, gaining publicity, and more. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
7/11/202352 minutes, 2 seconds
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Mobilizing the Community to Make TNR Happen, Part 1, with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats

“How do you manage TNR on a much larger scale...as more of a program manager?” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today's podcast, we are proud to bring you part one of the audio version of "Mobilizing the Community to Make TNR Happen Presented by Neighborhood Cats". So many cats, so few trappers… and veterinarians… and holding space… and transporters. If you live in a well-populated urban or suburban area and you’re trying to use TNR to address your city or town’s entire free-roaming cat population, you’ll need a lot of help! How do you mobilize the public to trap the cats in their backyards, get hands-on involvement, attract volunteers, and gain community support? In parts one and two (coming July 11th) of this Learn from the folks who started the community TNR program in New York City and helped other municipalities organize their programs as well. We’ll go over training the public, providing support services, tracking success, gaining publicity, and more. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
7/4/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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Picking, Protecting, and Pampering Cats with Justin Donne, Founder of The Kitty Boss

“There’s a lot of people that really need a cat and they don’t realize they do. So if I can marry up those two, I think that’d be a really great thing.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Justin Donne, founder of The Kitty Boss. This company provides the tools to pick, pamper, and protect your practically perfect pussycat for a lifetime of unconditional love. In his conversation with Stacy, Justin describes the 3 P’s (Pick, Pamper, and Protect) key to the mission of The Kitty Boss. He touches on what inspired him to found The Kitty Boss and previews his upcoming book. Justin also discusses his podcast, The Kitty Boss, where he dives into the world of cats with experts in the field. Dr. Rachel Geller, a frequent collaborator with the CCP and former guest on the show, is a recurring guest on his podcast. Additionally, Stacy recently appeared as a guest on his podcast. To learn more about Justin and The Kitty Boss, visit his website or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. The Kitty Boss podcast is available on multiple platforms.
6/27/202335 minutes, 28 seconds
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A Mass Trapping Powerhouse with Dawn Benefiel, Executive Director of Indy Neighborhood Cats

“You don’t have to be a cat person to support TNR.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Dawn Benefiel, the executive director of Indy Neighborhood Cats (“INC”), a nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for free roaming cats through TNR. INC also provides colony care,spay/neuter resources, and medical care to community cats. In her conversation with Stacy, Dawn talks all about trapping and TNR. She describes mass-trapping, which involves trapping 20 or more cats, evaluating trap sites, and managing colonies. Dawn also discusses her earlier blog post on the CCP website, which explores mass-trapping techniques. Dawn describes some of the initiatives of INC, along with her efforts in founding a TNR program at the local municipal shelter. She also discusses INC’s partnership with Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, and some of the challenges the organization has encountered following the pandemic. To learn more about Indy Neighborhood Cats, visit their website or Facebook.
6/20/202329 minutes, 54 seconds
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Return-to-Field and Targeting Part 2 with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats

“This brings us to one of the hot-button issues happening right now in return-to-field...what about friendly cats?” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In today's podcast, we are proud to bring you the audio version of "Return-to-Field & Targeting: The Community Cat Program Presented by Neighborhood Cats". In part two of this special episode, your host, Bryan Kortis, will help you learn what return-to-field and targeting are and how can we use them to save lives and reduce the number of cats living on our streets. He will give details about these approaches, the policies behind them, and the mechanics of how they work. Plus find out how Return-to-Field and targeted TNR can be combined to achieve dramatic, sustainable reductions in both euthanasia and intake at open-admission shelters. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
6/13/202341 minutes, 13 seconds
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Return-to-Field and Targeting with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director for Neighborhood Cats

“How do you organize a TNR program on a very large scale and get the best results...” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, we are proud to bring you the audio version of "Return-to-Field & Targeting: The Community Cat Program Presented by Neighborhood Cats". In part one of this special episode, your host, Bryan Kortis, will help you learn what return-to-field and targeting are and how can we use them to save lives and reduce the number of cats living on our streets. He will give details about these approaches, the policies behind them, and the mechanics of how they work. Plus find out how Return-to-Field and targeted TNR can be combined to achieve dramatic, sustainable reductions in both euthanasia and intake at open-admission shelters. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, you may visit their website. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to check it out. To download handouts mentioned in the show, you can visit our Community Cat Care Training and Education page to find these, and a treasure trove of other TNR and community cat care education.
6/6/202333 minutes, 29 seconds
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Saving Kittens with Nancy Peterson, Board Member of the National Kitten Coalition

“The National Kitten Coalition believes that every kitten deserves a chance to survive and thrive.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Nancy Peterson, Board Member of the National Kitten Coalition and Neighborhood Cats and former Community Cats Program Manager at the Humane Society of the United States. In her conversation with Stacy, Nancy describes the advocacy efforts of the National Kitten Coalition, an organization that strives to increase kitten survival rates through the power of education. She highlights several of the many useful resources that the National Kitten Coalition provides, including its Kitten Nursery Manual. Nancy also previews the upcoming 2023 Kitten Conference, presented by the National Kitten Coalition in partnership with CCP, which is scheduled for June 9-11, 2023. Additionally, she addresses kitten nurseries, veterinary burnout, and her experience as a veterinary technician. To learn more about the National Kitten Coalition, visit their website.
5/30/202327 minutes, 55 seconds
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Increasing Spay-Neuter Access for Cats with Robert Murtaugh, DVM, and Robert Weedon, DVM.

“I firmly believe that spay-neuter is an essential element of access to care.” – Dr. Weedon This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with veterinarians Dr. Robert Murtaugh and Dr. Robert Weedon. Dr. Murtaugh is a veterinary specialist based in Austin, Texas and a candidate for the next president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (“AVMA”). Dr. Weedon, a frequent conference guest and former guest of the show (CCP episodes 361 and 383) is a high-volume spay/neuter surgeon with TLC PetSnip in Lakeland, Florida. In their conversation with Stacy, Dr. Murtaugh and Dr. Weedon discuss the current state of the veterinary field, including some of the challenges, such as the veterinary shortage and lack of access to care. Dr. Murtaugh describes how the AVMA is addressing these issues through advocacy and legislative initiatives and outlines ideas for future initiatives to overcome these challenges. Additionally, Dr. Murtaugh and Dr. Weeden discuss topics involving high volume spay neuter, licensure reciprocity, veterinarian technicians, and staffing issues. They also debunk some of the misconceptions surrounding the quality of high-volume spay-neuter. To learn more about the work of AVMA, visit its website. The following organizations are mentioned during this episode: Austin Pets Alive Shadow Cats United Spay Alliance
5/23/202334 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dispelling Myths About Black Cats with Linda Malik, Author of Willow’s Tale

“Willow’s mission is to show that black cats are adorable, fun, and magical and they need to be loved just as much as any other cat.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy speaks with Linda Malik, author of Willow’s Tale, a children’s picture book about the adventures of a black cat named Willow. In her discussion with Stacy, Linda describes the inspiration behind this story and why she chose to publish a children’s picture book. She discusses the unfair stigma surrounding black cats and the importance of dispelling this fallacy at a young age. Linda talks about Willow’s additional projects, including an upcoming second book and an animated series. This animated series was produced by autistic animators (link to prior episode), who she believes are similarly unfairly stigmatized. Linda strongly encourages anyone looking to adopt to consider black cats. To learn more about Linda’s work and Willow’s Tale, visit her website or Instagram.
5/16/202324 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cats and Common Ground with Ashley Byrne, Associate Director of Campaigns, PETA

“It’s empowering to realize that you can actually make a difference just by making different choices in the things that you do every day.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Ashley Byrne, Associate Director of Campaigns for PETA. PETA, short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is the largest animal rights organization in the world with more than 9 million members and supporters globally. In her discussion with Stacy, Ashley explains how PETA’s philosophy centers on the notion that animals exist for their own purposes, not for human purposes. She describes some of PETA’s recent campaigns, which strive to change the way people think about animals. Ashley also talks about PETA’s Mobile Clinic, its 24-hour cruelty hotline, and Beauty Without Bunnies, a searchable database of companies that don’t test on animals. She stresses the importance of knowing where your products come from. Additionally, Ashley describes PETA’s stance on TNR and encourages pet lovers to adopt their pets from shelters rather than buy them from breeders. To learn more about PETA, visit their website.
5/9/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Inspiring Compassion for Animals with Nancy Robinson, Author and Animal Advocate

“Don’t say, I wish somebody would help them. Go out and do it.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with individual animal rescuer and advocate, Nancy Robison. After receiving help to TNR the cats outside her home in Long Island, NY, Nancy made it her personal mission to gather all the information she could on low-cost or free services for animals, including spay/neuter and TNR resources. She shares those resources whenever she has the chance, to minimize obstacles and help even more people get the help they need.  Today, Nancy works with two local organizations and continues to support TNR efforts in Long Island. She also works closely with caregiver and rescuer, Cathy Moore, in upstate New York to provide as much help as she possibly can. Stacy and Nancy talk about the role of individuals in animal rescue, and stepping up when something needs to be done. They talk about compassion, and how it impacts our approach to animals and people with unique needs and challenges. A teacher for 35 years, Nancy strongly believes in the importance of teaching children compassion for animals. She and Stacy talk about the children’s books she has authored, which were inspired by the bedtime stories her own mother used to tell about her childhood cat, Stubbs. Nancy’s books are available for sale on Amazon. All proceeds from her books are donated to animal-related charities: Stubby: A Cat’s Story Stubby: Her Continuing Adventures The Dogs of My Life To get in touch with Nancy, send an email to [email protected] or connect with One At A Time Cat Rescue via their Facebook group.
5/2/202342 minutes, 54 seconds
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Partnering For-Profit Business and Nonprofit Causes with Yvethe Tyszka, Vice President Marketing for H&H Group and Zesty Paws

“We are passionate about cats. That’s what we live for. If we can help other companies, other nonprofits that are helping pet parents do things that we don’t do directly, I think that’s a great way to support pet parenting overall, especially for cats.” This episode is sponsored in part by Cats of the Wild Podcast, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy interviews Yvethe Tyska, Vice President of Marketing for H&H Group, whose mission is to make millions of people and their pets healthier and happier. The H&H Group houses many brands, including Zesty Paws pet supplements. Yvethe talks about the recent support Zesty Paws gave to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, covering all adoption and related fees during the grand opening of their new cat facility in September 2022. She recalls what it was like to be a cat parent or cat lover in Orlando when the Pet Alliance’s former cat facility caught fire in 2021, and how the community came together to support the organization and see it back on its feet. Yvethe shares her insight as a marketing professional, her recommendations for nonprofits looking for support from for-profit corporations, and the important role that passion has to play for all involved. Zesty Paws supplements are available for sale online or in most retail locations. You can also purchase products from their website at www.zestypaws.com. For questions about events or product donations, email [email protected]. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
4/25/202322 minutes, 46 seconds
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Women Helping Cats in West Michigan with Janet Vormittag, Author and Founder of Cats and Dogs, a Magazine

“That’s the cool thing. Some of these older groups are closing, but we have a whole new crop of young women who are starting rescues and taking over.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy sits down with Janet Vormittag, founder and publisher of Cats and Dogs, a Magazine Devoted to Companion Animals, and author of multiple books about animals, including You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady If…(volumes 1 & 2) and Cat Women of West Michigan: The Secret World of Cat Rescue. Janet shares a few of her favorite stories from her career as a reporter, writer, and animal advocate. She talks about the euthanasia numbers for her community, and how drastically things have improved over the past 15 years. Stacy and Janet chat about her most recent book, Cat Women of West Michigan, and the incredible women who are making the community a better place for cats. Janet highlights a few of the women readers will encounter in the book, including women who start rescues, women who serve cats as individual volunteers and caregivers, and women who support cats in other unexpected – but equally significant – ways. To learn more about Janet and see the complete list of books she’s written, visit her website at www.janetvormittag.com. Books can also be purchased directly from Amazon: Cat Women of West Michigan: The Secret World of Cat Rescue You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady If… You Might Be a Craz Cat Lady If… (volume 2) Some of the groups Janet mentions in this episode are: Focus on Ferals Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary Happy Cat Cafe  Hands for Paws West Michigan
4/18/202326 minutes, 37 seconds
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Building Understanding and Compassion for Cats with KJ McGlinn, Author and Kitty Correspondent for Pet Pals TV

“We have to honor the cat’s wishes…we have to honor the community cat who wants to be outside and have a safe, happy life there.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with KJ McGill, Kitty Correspondent for the nationally syndicated show, Pet Pals TV, and author of the book, Raised by Cats: Behind the Mic and the Meows. Stacy and KJ talk about her work with cat-focused groups in Indianapolis, and how she has used her platform as a radio personality to promote positive stories about cats, and the people and organizations helping them. KJ talks about the importance of community education, and the positive impact of collaboration and support between TNR organizations, cat rescues, and animal services in Indianapolis. KJ talks about her book and her hope that sharing her own story with cats will help others have a better story with their own cats. Stacy and KJ talk about compassion fatigue and burnout, and KJ’s belief that at the end of the day, we’re all working toward the same goal. To learn more about KJ and her work, visit her website at www.kjtodayshow.com or join her Facebook group, KJ’s Cat Club. During her interview, KJ refers to these organizations: Indy Neighborhood Cats Grateful Rescue & Sanctuary Pet Friendly Services of Indiana
4/11/202329 minutes, 59 seconds
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Campaigns for Community Cat Education with Louise Holton, Founder of Alley Cat Rescue and Co-Founder of Alley Cat Allies, and Deborah Holzer, Development Assistant at Alley Cat Rescue

“Our whole lives are really to get the word out that this is the solution.” – Louise on TNR This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy talks with Louise Holton, Founder of Alley Cat Rescue, and Deborah Holzer, Development Assistant at Alley Cat Rescue. Louise founded National Cat Protection Association in 1997 as the nation’s first national cat protection association and an organization that advocates for all cats. In their conversation with Stacy, Louise and Deborah talk all about community cats. The pair touches on some of the campaigns spearheaded by Alley Cat Rescue. Debbie describes the Global Feral Fix Challenge, an annual initiative promoting the spaying and neutering of community cats. Louise highlights some of the resources available on the Alley Cat Rescue website, including the contact information for Cat Action Teams in each state. Louise and Deborah touch on how Alley Cat Rescue educates the general population about TNR. They also discuss veterinary challenges, cat behavior, and how to get involved in TNR. To learn more about Alley Cat Rescue, visit their website.
4/4/202334 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Animated, Illustrated Cat with Marlene Sharp, TV and Film Writer and Executive and Proprietor of Pink Poodle Productions

“I’m glad that there are organizations that . . . dispel the myth [about black cats].” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Marlene Sharp, a TV and film writer and executive and proprietor of Pink Poodle Productions. In her discussion with Stacy, Marlene talks all about her work in the animation industry and details some of her cat-related projects. She describes her recent experience at CatCon, as well as her collaboration with Linda Malik (author of Willow’s Tale). Additionally, Marlene describes her work as a mentor at the Center for Learning Unlimited, where she collaborates with students on the autism spectrum in the school’s animation program. She likens the unfair perception of black cats to the perception of those with autism. To learn more about Marlene and her work, visit Pink Poodle Productions. You can also connect with her through LinkedIn. During her interview, Marlene mentions the following organizations: Black Cat Holistic Rescue The Center for Learning Unlimited
3/28/202328 minutes, 28 seconds
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A Mountain of Veterinary Conversation with Dr. Jeff Young, Founder of Planned Pethood and star of Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet

“I’ve always tried to make a difference. . .  I want to make a difference in the long run.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this special 500th episode of Community Cats Podcast, Stacy is joined by Dr. Jeff Young, star of Animal Planet’s Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. Dr. Young is also the founder of Planned Pethood Plus, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic known for its mobile neutering clinics. In their conversation, Stacy and The Rocky Mountain Vet elaborate on the services provided by Planned Pethood. He also touches on the state of veterinary practice, including recent challenges and obstacles. Dr. Young emphasizes the need for TNR and strongly encourages all humane groups to have a TNR program. He explains the consequences that arise from failing to implement an effective program. Dr. Young also stresses that fixing your cat is “the most important thing you can do” in caring for them. To learn more about Dr. Young and his work, visit his Instagram or YouTube. Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet airs on Animal Planet and can be streamed online. To learn more about Planned Pethood International, visit their website or Facebook.
3/21/202337 minutes, 13 seconds
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Cats Generating Awareness on Social Media with Harris Baker, Founder of Catfluence

"There’s definitely a lot of good . . . that I’ve seen from the cat community on social media.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Harris Baker, founder of Catfluence, a social media platform that promotes everything feline related. In their discussion, Stacy and Harris talk all about social media. Harris describes how rescue organizations and individuals can use social media to generate awareness about their efforts, and he strongly encourages all rescue organizations to have a social media presence. Harris touches on the importance of posting meaningful content, engaging with the community, and utilizing different social media platforms to reach every demographic. He also describes how to use hashtags to reach a larger audience and provides tips on attracting more followers. To learn more about Catfluence, visit their website, Instagram, or TikTok.
3/14/202327 minutes, 1 second
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Banishing Stress and Fear in Cats with Tabitha Kucera, Owner of Chirrups & Chatter

“If anything, we should be doing more to address the anxiety, fear, and stress [of community cats]” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy follows up with Tabitha Kucera, a registered veterinary technician, certified cat behavior training consultant, and former guest of the show (CCP Episode 319). Stacy and Tabitha discuss numerous cat health and behavioral issues. She provides tips on identifying whether a cat is in pain (which she created a handout for). Tabitha explains that a cat’s physical and mental health are often intertwined. She stresses the importance of minimizing anxiety and stress by employing Fear Free techniques, trap training, and cooperative care. Additionally, Tabitha talks about her podcast Tails from a Vet Tech, where she highlights, educates, and advocates for veterinary, shelter, and behavior animal professionals. She also previews her upcoming presentation for Community Cats Podcast’s 2023 Online Behavior Day on April 8. To learn more about Tabitha and her work, visit Chirrups and Chatter.
3/7/202335 minutes
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Saving the World One Cat at a Time with Rachel Geller, President of All Cats All the Time

“Often times, providing people with the necessary items, the support, the kindness, [and] the caring – that can be the very important difference between a person keeping the cat and surrendering the cat.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie’s Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Dr. Rachel Geller, a cat behaviorist and prior guest of the show (CCP Episodes 18, 146, and 310), to discuss her new project, All Cats All the Time. This nonprofit is dedicated to promoting the adoption of cats and preventing their surrender and abandonment by providing free cat behavior counseling to cat animal shelters and cat owners. Dr. Geller describes the situations she often encounters as a cat behaviorist. She covers some of the most common behavioral issues, many of which will stem from declawing. She explains how removing a cat’s claws removes a layer of comfort, stresses out the cat, and causes sensitivity issues. Dr. Geller also touches on Fear Free and on her book, Saving the World, One Cat at a Time, the proceeds of which go to shelters and cat advocacy organizations. Additionally, she provides advice on socializing cats. She underscores the importance of going at the cat’s pace and giving them time and space to adjust. To learn more about Dr. Geller and her work, visit her website. There is also a submission form here where you contact her for advice.
2/28/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Your More Efficient Future with Dara Sklar, Founder of Synced with Dara

“You save yourself a lot of administrative time by being organized up front by setting up a system and a space to be organized.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy talks with Dara Sklar, the founder of Synced with Dara and producer of the Get Productive with G-Suite program. Dara’s work focuses on helping people streamline their work processes, which allows them to become as efficient and productive as possible. In chatting with Stacy, Dara talks all about Google Workspace (formerly G Suite). She describes how organizations and small nonprofit groups can utilize this set of communication and productivity apps to become more efficient. Dara also provides tips on managing passwords through LastPass and emails through filtering and archiving. She further discusses her program Get Productive with G-Suite, an online course that serves as a comprehensive, step-by-step, way of learning to use Google tools, apps, and integrations. To learn more about Dara and her work, visit her website. You can learn more about Get Productive with G Suite and Top 40 Time-Saving Google Hacks on her website as well.
2/21/202333 minutes, 5 seconds
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Racing for Rescues with Laurren Darr, Author

“I thought about it from a small business . . . [or] nonprofit standpoint of here are some of the basics to help you at least upstart and continue marketing, especially if you’re on a shoestring budget.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with Laurren Darr, founder of Left Paw Press and the Pet Fashion Guild and author of the Pet Business Marketing Almanac. In her discussion with Stacy, Laurren talks about her involvement in managing her son’s racing career. She talks about the “Racing for Rescues” initiative, which entails delivering supplies to the pet shelters in the cities where he races. Laurren also talks about the Pet Business Marketing Almanac, which is a marketing planning tool for pet businesses or businesses wanting to incorporate pet themes in their marketing. She discusses the inspiration behind this book. Additionally, Laurren touches on social media, where she emphasizes the importance of consistency. To learn more about Laurrenn and her work, visit the Left Paw Press website. The Pet Business Marketing Almanac 2023 is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
2/14/202321 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Purrfect Job for Cats with Sheila Massey, President and Founder of Hard Hat Cats

“The presence of cats is really beneficial to humans and that especially holds true in an urban setting where you have a lot of rats.” This episode is sponsored in part by TervaPet, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with Sheila Massey, president and founder of Hard Hat Cats and former guest of the show (CCP Episode 98). Hard Hat Cats, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, places working cats with organizations seeking non-toxic rodent control. In her discussion with Stacy, Sheila talks all about Hard Hat Cats and the working cats that inspired her to found this organization. These former community cats are rescued from the New York City public animal shelter and placed with organizations that provide food, shelter, healthcare, and TLC in exchange for the cats’ expertise and a poison-free work environment. Sheila describes how she matches the cats with the right site and touches on the integration process as well. This program, she explains, is a win-win-win for the cats, the employers, and the planet. Hard Hat Cats work in breweries, distilleries, hotels, parks, and gardens and are always seeking new employers. To learn more about Hard Hat Cats, visit their website or Instagram. You can also connect with Hard Hat Cats by email at [email protected].  
2/7/202351 minutes, 21 seconds
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Teaching, Inspiration, and Black Cats with Anne Montgomery, Author and Former Television Sportscaster and Teacher

“I think we need to teach young people more that animals need to be treated with the same respect you treat a person." This episode is sponsored in part by TervaPet, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. Meet Anne Montgomery, former sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, author, and amateur sports official. Anne currently works as an author and has published several fiction novels in various genres, including historical fiction and mystery/suspense. In her discussion with Stacy, Anne talks about all things cats, from breeding to veterinary care costs. She talks about her introduction to TNR and touches on some of the issues that arise in its absence. Anne stresses the necessity of effective communication and teaching to enlighten the public on the importance of TNR and animal welfare. Additionally, Anne discusses her work experience and explains how it has impacted her approach to animal welfare. She strongly encourages all listeners to “give a black cat a chance.” She also discusses her work as an author, as well as the inspiration behind her stories. To learn more about Anne’s work, visit her website.  
1/31/202331 minutes, 55 seconds
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Amplifying Your Fundraising Efforts with Sally Williams, Founder and President of Mission Meow

“There are so many possibilities for organizations where this money could go." This episode is sponsored in part by TervaPet, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy talks with Sally Williams, the founder, and president of Mission Meow and former guest of the show (CCP Episodes 104 and 324). Sally was also the founder and executive director of the now-retired Brodie Fund, an organization that raised money to provide financial assistance to families with pets fighting cancer. Sally reflects on her time with the Brodie Fund and the difficult decision to close the organization. She celebrates the organization’s accomplishments, which included over 70 grants and over $200,000 distributed, and explains how it inspired her to found Mission Meow. Mission Meow works to increase the level of charitable donations for small feline-centric nonprofits, including TNR groups, to help create meaningful change for cats in need. Sally describes the specifics of this program, which entails recruiting businesses for quarterly donations and then distributing these funds to a different nonprofit each month. She also explores some of the challenges and aspirations for Mission Meow. To learn more about Mission Meow, visit their website. The following organizations/programs were also mentioned during this episode: Charity Navigator Community Cats Grants GuideStar
1/24/202332 minutes, 12 seconds
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Working Cats with Molly DeVoss, Founder of Cat Behavior Solutions

“Because they’re so territorial, it’s hard to introduce a new cat regardless of where they came from into a new cat household.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. In this special episode, Stacy chats and co-hosts with Molly DeVoss, a Certified Feline Training and Behavior specialist, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, and Fear Free Certified Trainer. Molly is also the founder of Cat Behavior Solutions and host of Cat Talk Radio, where she addresses cat behavioral issues. In Stacy and Molly’s conversation, they discuss all things cats, including cat behavior, community cats, declawing, TNR and return-to-field programs, and the veterinary shortage. Molly highlights the importance of acclimating “working cats” (or barn cats) to their new environment and the engagement required to keep these cats safe. She also touches on distinguishing and identifying behavioral issues from medical issues that would require veterinary care. To learn more about Molly’s work or to listen to her podcast, visit Cat Behavior Solutions.
1/17/202339 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cats at Play with Dr. Mikel Delgado, Co-Owner of Feline Minds

“I’m hoping by changing people’s perspective on what play looks like and giving them really concrete suggestions on how they can improve their play technique that more cats will get the play they deserve.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. On today’s episode, Stacy talks with Dr. Mikel Delgado, an Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. Dr. Delgado is the co-owner of Feline Minds, a cat behavior consulting group, co-author with Jackson Galaxy of the 2017 book, “Total Cat Mojo” and the author of the forthcoming book “Play with Your Cat!”. In her conversation with Stacy, Dr. Delgado talks all about cat behavioral issues, which she saw were increasingly prevalent throughout and following the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. She provides some helpful tips on addressing behavioral issues, litter boxes, and more. Dr. Delgado discusses some of the limitations of her practice, the veterinary shortage, and the importance of having an established relationship with your veterinarian. She also touches on her work with Flabush Cats, a TNR-focused rescue organization based in Brooklyn, New York, and with the San Francisco SPCA. Additionally, she previews her upcoming book, which focuses on the importance of playing with your cat. To learn more about Dr. Delgado and her work, visit Feline Minds. If you liked this episode, you might also enjoy Stacy's conversation with Tabitha Kucera, Chirrups & Chatter Cat Behavior Consulting and Education, in episode 319.
1/10/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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Anger Drives Change with Anne Levin, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and Founder of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe

“Shar[ing] our skills and work[ing] in the best way that we individually can with our skills has been really helpful in allowing us to help more animals.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy connects with Anne Levin, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and founder of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, a non-profit cat cafe that serves as an adoption center and community space working to reduce animal homelessness through education, TNR, and outreach. In her conversation with Stacy, Anne discusses the current landscape of community cats in New York City. She touches on how the lack of protection for community cats inspired her efforts in the cat welfare field. Anne talks about the origins of the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and the Brooklyn Cat Cafe. She explains how the cafe setting allows the cats to be situated in a more comfortable compared to adoption events. Anne explores some of the challenges these organizations and cat care in general encountered during the height of the Covid pandemic. She also stresses the importance of a collaborative effort in addressing animal issues. Visit the websites of Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition and Brooklyn Cat Cafe to learn more about these organizations. If you enjoyed this interview, you might also enjoy Stacy's conversation with Darlene Duggan, Director of Operations at Tree House Humane Society, in episode 265.
1/3/202328 minutes, 34 seconds
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Honoring Our Best Friends with Cheryl Richardson, Author of How to Survive the Loss of a Pet

“There were so many ways that this little being helped to bring us closer together, to teach us about love, to teach us about unconditional love.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Cheryl Richardson, the author of several books and audio programs, including her recent audiobook How to Survive the Loss of a Pet, which helps listeners navigate the journey of grief, acceptance, and renewal after a pet passes. In her conversation with Stacy, Cheryl discusses the strong bond that we have with our pets and how they can play such major roles in our lives. She describes how her late cat, Poupon, taught her about love and how, towards the end of his life, the most profound act of love was to let him go as gently as possible. Cheryl discusses her book “How to Survive the Loss of a Pet”, and talks about how her role is that of a grief coach. She emphasizes the importance of giving yourself space to grieve and explains how each person handles grief differently. She believes it’s critical to respect and honor your own unique way of grieving. Most importantly, Cheryl wants listeners to know that if you’ve lost a pet and are grieving: you are not alone and will get through this. To learn more about Cheryl and her work, visit her website. To purchase How to Survive the Loss of a Pet, visit Sounds True, Audible, or Amazon.
12/27/202226 minutes, 39 seconds
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Training Tomorrow's Trappers with Bryan Kortis, Programs Director at Neighborhood Cats

“There’s still a disconnect between the grassroots groups (that are primarily doing trap-neuter-return) and the larger shelters (that are involved in return-to-field) and we need to get to a point where those two parts of the system are working together.” This episode is sponsored in part by TevraPet and Maddie's Fund. On this episode, Stacy chats with Bryan Kortis, Programs Director at Neighborhood Cats, who frequently collaborates with the CCP in running the Neighborhood Cats TNR Certification Workshops. In his discussion with Stacy, Bryan talks about the rise of the community cat coordinator position in shelters. He provides a preview of the 6th Annual Online Cat Conference, which will take place from January 27th through January 29th, 2023. This conference, Bryan explains, will further explore the community cat coordinator position. Bryan discusses the increasingly popular return-to-field programs. He describes the differences between these programs and trap-neuter-return programs and discusses the collaborative efforts and interaction between those running the programs. Bryan also talks about Cat Stats, a TNR program management tool developed and offered by Neighborhood Cats, which allows non-profit organizations to track colonies and caretakers in their service area. He discusses his partnership with Tomahawk Live Trap and the collaborative efforts in developing traps. Additionally, Bryan touches on the DC Cat Count and the upcoming Maui Cat Count. To learn more about Neighborhood Cats, visit their website. To learn more about or register for the 6th Annual Online Cat Conference, click here. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Mary Howard, Community Cat Coordinator at McKamey Animal Center, in episode 356.
12/20/202230 minutes, 31 seconds
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Open to the Possibilities with Dr. Kelly Deihl, Senior Director of Science and Communication at Morris Animal Foundation

“I would tell people: stay open, learn, [and] keep learning.” This episode is sponsored in part by TevraPet and Maddie's Fund. On today’s episode, Stacy chats with Dr. Kelly Deihl, the Senior Director of Science and Communication at Morris Animal Foundation and a prior guest of the show (CCP Episode 425). In her conversation with Stacy, Dr. Deihl discusses the foundation’s Happy Healthy Cat Campaign. She explores the initiatives and research campaigns that the foundation has undertaken, including one that looks at non-surgical spay-neuter options. She also provides a preview of an ongoing study that is looking at the effects of chronic inflammation, and cognitive behavior and health. Dr. Deihl shares her perspective on the veterinary shortage and how she believes we should address it. She also discusses her podcast through Morris Animal Foundation, where she explores animals scientific and research issues. To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation, visit their website, Instagram, or Facebook. Dr. Deihl’s podcast can be found through Morris Animal Foundation here. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Marvin Mackie, DVM, Co-Creator of the Quick Spay Technique, way back in episode 40.
12/14/202231 minutes, 14 seconds
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Justice, TNR, and Not-So-Crazy Cat Ladies with Esmerelda Alvarez, TNR Advocate

“I think the best way to rescue the most cats is through TNR.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert and Maddie's Fund. Meet Esmeralda Alvarez, a TNR advocate and cat foster who performs TNR on a weekly basis. Her efforts began back in 2015, and she strongly believes that TNR is a social justice issue. In her conversation with Stacy, she discusses the importance of TNR and explains how its performance saves future generations of cats. Esmerelda also discusses the many difficult choices that trappers encounter, such as deciding whether to return or keep a trapped cat. She encourages trappers to make these decisions based on what is ultimately best for the cat. “I always tell people just listen to what the cat has to say and try to the best of your ability to remove your personal feelings . . . [and] to prioritize them over your feelings.” Additionally, Esmerelda touches on her participation in the recent film “Crazy Cat Lady”, which is a documentary that focuses on the feral cat crisis in Los Angeles and the dedicated (though often mischaracterized) volunteers who are on the front line. To learn more about Esmerelda and how to get involved in TNR, visit her Instagram or TikTok. To learn more about the documentary “Crazy Cat Lady”, visit their website or Instagram. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Tina Traster, an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and documentarian of “Catnip Nation”, in episode 186.
12/6/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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How to Reunite Pets and Owners with Corinne Bourgoin, Operations Coordinator, MSPCA Boston Adoption Center

“Nothing feels better than helping a pet get back to their family that loves them.” his episode is sponsored in part by Doobert and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Corinne Bourgoin, who serves as the Operations Coordinator at the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center. Her efforts have resulted in a program that has a feline reclaim rate that is eight times the national average of these programs. In her discussion with Stacy, Corinne explains how the MSPCA reunites lost pets with their owners. She details what goes on behind the scenes once a stray cat is brought in. She stresses that in order to have a successful program, there needs to be an organizational mindset shift. Corinne discusses some of the challenges in differentiating lost cats from neighborhood cats; she also provides some helpful tips on how to effectively distinguish these cats. Additionally, she talks about low-cost spay/neuter programs and TNR. To learn more about the MSPCA, visit their website. To get in touch with Carin, you can email her at [email protected] or call her at (617) 522-5055. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Kat Albrecht-Thiessen, a police detective turned pet detective and the founder/director of The Missing Animal Response Network, in episode 450.
11/29/202237 minutes, 12 seconds
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Your Picture Perfect Cats with Brian Vermeire and Kristina Hughes, Frame Your Feline Founders

“Once you get one cat, you can’t stop getting cats. It’s an addiction like none other." This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert and Maddie's Fund. Meet Brian Vermeire and Kristina Hughes, stand-up comedians and entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles. The pair grew weary of the sight of cat trees and decided to take action to create more aesthetically pleasing cat furniture. Together, they developed the Feline Frame Ensemble, which combines a cat shelf with a portrait frame. In their conversation with Stacy, Brian, and Kristina describe some of the features of the Feline Frame Ensemble, which include interchangeable frames and customizable artwork. They also discuss some of the lessons that they have learned as avid listeners of the Community Cats Podcast. Additionally, Brian discusses his company OneBite Creative, which provides website design, logo design, social media branding, and graphic services. He stresses the importance of having an up-to-date website and one that is periodically updated. He also explains how OneBite Creative can help those that are feeling overwhelmed with their maintaining their website or social media presence. To learn more about Frame your Feline, visit their website or Instagram. And to learn more about OneBite Creative, visit their website. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Chelsea White, Comedian and Host of “Show Me Your Kitty”, in episode 321.
11/22/202237 minutes, 38 seconds
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Help When Animal-Loving Humans Have It Ruff with Marisa Hernandez, Director of Operations & Co-Founder Ruff Haven

“We really believe in collaboration, not just in animal welfare but in human welfare.” This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert and Maddie's Fund. On today’s episode, Stacy chats with Marisa Hernandez, one of the co-founders of Ruff Haven, an organization that helps people encountering crisis situations remain united with their beloved pets. Marisa recognized the growing need for temporary crisis sheltering services in the community, which compelled her to take action. In her discussion with Stacy, Marisa discusses how she and several friends with unique backgrounds came together to create this organization. She discusses the specifics of the program, as well as the rapid growth of the organization. Marisa explains that Ruff Haven focuses on helping both pets and people. She stresses the importance of changing the mindset of judging homeless pet owners. Marisa talks about how COVID was beneficial in shifting the public’s mindset regarding these individuals and also details some of the challenges that Ruff Haven encountered during the pandemic as well. To learn more about Ruff Haven, visit their website, Facebook, or Instagram. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Carol Novello, founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative that highlights the power of human-animal relationships, in episode 303.  
11/15/202224 minutes, 12 seconds
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Part 2 of Colony Caretaking Tips and Tricks with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director of Neighborhood Cats

“I'd prefer to have cats in my yard instead of vegetables but other people might, justifiably, feel differently and that's perfectly fine...” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. This is a special audio presentation of our free webinar Colony Caretaking Tips and Tricks presented by Neighborhood Cats. Join Bryan Kortis for part two of this unique webinar and find out how to deal with folks who don't like cats and keep your cats out of their yard, get health hacks to control worms and fleas, and the best ways to build cozy winter shelters. All that plus many more colony caretaking challenges will be addressed by the experts from Neighborhood Cats with their 20 years of experience dealing with all things community cat. If you would like to watch the video version of this webinar or download the handouts and slides referred to in the  podcast, just visit our Colony Cat Care Training and Education page and scroll down to the bottom for media and downloads for all our free webinars. *A Quick Note from the Production Team - There is a sound quality issue during the Q&A portion at the end of the podcast. (You'll know it when you hear it.) We felt the information given in this section was important so we left it in instead of cutting it entirely. We hope it doesn't impact your enjoyment of the show too much and thank you for your patience.  
11/8/202241 minutes, 17 seconds
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Part 1 of Colony Caretaking Tips and Tricks with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director of Neighborhood Cats

“It starts off as you're their feeder but overtime they form a special relationship with you...” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. This is a special audio presentation of our free webinar Colony Caretaking Tips and Tricks presented by Neighborhood Cats. Join Bryan Kortis for part one of this unique webinar and find out how to keep your colony cats healthy with good nutrition and hydration, establish feeding patterns, keep water from freezing or evaporating, and how to keep slugs, ants and more out of your kitties' food. All that plus many more colony caretaking challenges will be addressed by the experts from Neighborhood Cats with their 20 years of experience dealing with all things community cat. If you would like to watch the video version of this webinar or download the handouts and slides referred to in the  podcast, just visit our Colony Cat Care Training and Education page and scroll down to the bottom for media and downloads for all our free webinars.
11/1/202237 minutes, 24 seconds
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Letting Gato Be Gato with Winter Miller, Author of Not a Cat

“And, so I wrote a book that is for all of those people out there who just want to be who they are.” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy talks with Winter Miller, an award-winning playwright living in Brooklyn. She recently published Not a Cat, a children’s picture book, inspired by the life of her extraordinary cat Gato. In her conversation with Stacy, Winter provides an overview of Not a Cat and explains what inspired her to write a children’s book. She also explains how writing helped her with the grieving process since her beloved Gato had recently passed away. Winter discusses some of the themes of the story, which include acceptance. Winter also talks about her work as a playwright, provides her thoughts on TNR, and discusses some of her upcoming projects. To learn more about Winter Miller, visit her website. Not a Cat can be found here. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in listening to Stacy's interview with Deb Barnes, Author and President of the Cat Writers’ Association, in episode 313.
10/25/202233 minutes, 17 seconds
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One Less Thing To Worry About with Janice Cobb, Founder of ZInzie Pie

“They are love engendering machines. They are love giving machines of an unconditional nature. That’s all they want to do, is love you.” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Janice Cobb, the creator of Zinzie Pie’s Save My Pet ID Tag, which is an identification tag for pet owners customized with information about the owner, their pets, and trusted contact. The Save My Pet ID Tag can be made as a necklace, bracelet, or keychain. This product offers peace of mind and reassurance, that in an emergency, your pets will be attended to. In her conversation with Stacy, Janice talks about the inspiration behind this idea. She talks about some of the unique features of the Save My Pet ID Tag. She emphasizes the importance of being prepared and acting proactively. Janice also talks about cats in general and how she is able to keep her home stress free. To learn more about Zinzie Pie’s Save My Pet ID Tag, visit their website. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also be interested in hearing from Frances Carlisle, an attorney, discuss estate planning for your pets in episodes 227.
10/18/202226 minutes, 44 seconds
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Special Episode! Forward-Thinking Fundraising with Chris Roy, Doobert Forward - Better than Amazon Smile For Fundraising

“How do we give tools to organizations so that they have revenue coming in on a regular basis?” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Doobert.com’s Chris Roy returns to the show to share some of the projects he has been working on since the pandemic. Chris is a tech guy who loves solving problems for folks in animal welfare. It has been several years since Chris was on the show and he is eager to share what is new at Doobert.com.  Doobert Forward is a fundraising platform that works like Amazon Smile, but the percentage of the sale that is donated back to the organization is 5% vs less than 1% at Amazon Smile. Stacy asks Chris to share more details about the Case Management module and if it can help manage situations where a cat or litter of kittens might be turned away from one organization to be helped with another.  Each situation turns into a “Case” so that it can be transferred to other organizations therefore potentially ensuring that everyone will get help in the community. Want to catch the past interviews with Chris on episode 433 and episode 131 To learn more about Doobert visit the Doobert Website and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
10/15/202230 minutes, 37 seconds
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Contraception for Cats with Valerie Benka and John Boone from Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs

“We do, in those two worlds, share some goals. We can recognize that there might be suspicion or assumptions or disagreements about how well TNR works to manage populations but by working together, those two worlds can certainly make it better.” – John Boone This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with Valerie Benka the Director of Programs for Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (“ACC&D”), and John Boone, who serves on the Board of Directors at ACC&D and is the Research Director at the Great Basin Bird Observatory. The mission of ACC&D is to advance non-surgical sterilants and contraceptives for cats and dogs and to promote their global accessibility. The organization recognizes that some communities do not have the necessary resources for safe animal sterilization surgery and seeks to address this issue. In their discussion with Stacy, Valerie and John talk about the research and projects that ACC&D has conducted. They detail the findings of these studies and provide tips on population management and the most effective TNR strategies. Valerie and John also discuss some of the resources available on ACC&D’s website, which can serve as useful tools for individuals and organizations. To learn more about ACC&D, visit their website. If you enjoyed this episode, John was also a guest on CCP in Episodes 258 and 331.
10/11/202241 minutes, 49 seconds
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Thinking Vertically with Melody Kwan of MeloCat

“I always tell everyone, ‘Even if you don’t like animals, you can still help. If you don’t have what it takes, you can still help.’” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Melody Kwan, aka Melocat, a cat rescuer and re-homing volunteer based in Hong Kong. Through her network of volunteers, Melody is able to get cats to their ideal homes. She also lives with her 9 rescued and adopted cats in her 555 sq ft apartment. In her discussion with Stacy, Melody explains how she’s able to keep her house clean and her cats happy, calm, and comfortable. She talks about the unique systems she has in place that help her save time and create a better lifestyle for both cats and humans. She emphasizes that “vertical space beats floor space”. She’s currently developing a course to help others create the same ecosystem in their own lives. Melody also provides insight into what life is like for community cats in Hong Kong and outlines some of the challenges they encounter. She touches on how she got into vlogging, discusses some of her future plans, and shares some cat tips and tricks. To learn more about Melody, visit her YouTube channel, Instagram account, or Facebook page. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Mary Peng, CEO & Founder of International Center for Veterinary Services, in episode 132.
10/4/202230 minutes, 4 seconds
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Reducing Cats' Distress with Mikkel Becker, Leader Trainer for Fear Free Pets and Fear Free Happy Homes

“Fear free is all about educating people to understand their cat’s emotional needs, which are deep and complex.” This episode is sponsored in part by Kensington Books, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with Mikkel Becker, a certified trainer and behavior consultant, that serves as the lead trainer for Fear Free Pets and Fear Free Happy Homes. She is also the co-author of From Fearful to Fear Free In her conversation with Stacy, Mikkel talks about her experience training cats through using positive reinforcement and encouragement. She explains why she believes they can be trained more easily than dogs and how training is based in every day interactions with our cats. Mikkel speaks in depth about Fear Free, which was founded upon the mission of preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. She talks about the benefits of utilizing Fear Free programs. One of these programs is Fear Free Shelters, which is a free program available to rescues and shelters. Mikkel also provides an update on her father, Dr. Marty Becker, who recently spent time at the Ukraine border helping people and their pets that were transitioning across the border. She spoke with him further about his experience on her podcast, Happy Paws. To learn more about Fear Free, visit Fear Free Pets or Fear Free Happy Homes. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” and Founder of the Fear Free Initiative, in episode 121.
9/27/202223 minutes, 13 seconds
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Pedaling and Paws with Caleb Curtis and Marilyn Monroad, Founder(s) of Calico Cycles

“Keep following your dreams. Keep following your heart. Keep going to where you’re led to go because it’s a life worth living when you’re following your heart.” This episode is sponsored in part by Dr. Pussum's Cat Nip, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. After dropping out of film school and being kicked out of his aunt’s house, Caleb Curtis found himself without a home. Rather than staying at a homeless shelter, he opted to get a bicycle and learn how to tour. Along the way, he found two-month-old Marilyn Monroad, and over the next 8 years, the pair would cycle over 12,000 miles across 32 states In his conversation with Stacy, Caleb talks about how he got into touring and sheds some light on what life is like on the road for Marilyn. He discusses some of the lessons that he learned during his first year of running Calico Cats and touches on some of his long-term goals for the brand. Caleb also provides insight on how he funds these trips, along with the type of content that he produces. One of his projects includes a book about these trips, which is written from Marilyn’s perspective. Caleb and Marilyn’s journey serves to remind us all that our companions along the ride can be just as important as our destination. Caleb strongly believes that what matters most to Marilyn is that they’re together. To learn more about Caleb and Marilyn, visit their website. Listener Note During his interview, Caleb mentions 1bike1world. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Michele Tilford, an experienced cat-assisted therapy handler, in episode 249.
9/20/202220 minutes, 44 seconds
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Romance, Suspense, and Trapping with Angela Campbell, Best-Selling Author, The Psychic Detective

“It’s very important to try to be diplomatic and to try to understand their point of view. . . . You have to be understanding.” This episode is sponsored in part by Dr. Pussum's Cat Nip, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Angela Campbell, a USA Today best-selling author in the romantic suspense genre. Her book series, The Psychic Detective, heavily features rescue pets as supporting characters. In addition to writing professionally, she serves on the board of directors for Feline Lifeline. In her conversation with Stacy, Angela talks about her experiences as an author and a board member. She shares her preferred method of trapping, along with some helpful TNR tips and tricks. She also strongly encourages TNR training for those interested in trapping (as opposed to trial and error). Angela believes that a crucial component of TNR is in how we interact with the community, and she stresses the importance of learning to work with them. “When you are calm, understanding, and polite, a lot of people react to that, and you can work out a deal.” To learn more about Feline Lifeline, visit its website, and to learn more about Angela and her work, visit her website. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Steven Morelli, CEO and founder of Waggle, in episode 358.
9/13/202226 minutes, 4 seconds
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Community Communication with Caitlin Quinn, Director of Operations at HeARTs Speak

“Let’s ensure that we’re starting the conversation from that place of all of the things we have in common and real compassion and understanding for why community members might be confused around these issues.” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy converses with Caitlin Quinn, who has been the Director of Operations for HeARTs Speak since 2015. HeARTs Speak develops resources that help shelter animals to be seen and find homes, ultimately transforming public perceptions of pet adoption, shelters, and animals in need. Caitlin discusses her role and shares the backstory of how she got involved in marketing. She highlights some of the communication challenges present in the community cat field and explains how those involved in the community cat field are often largely unaware that these problems exist. She conveys the importance of communication with others in the community that aren’t involved in caring for the community cats. “We’re so close to the issue that sometimes we’re forgetting to back out of it a little bit and have those more basic understanding conversations.” Caitlin talks about social media campaigns; she emphasizes the need to start with baby steps and to be repetitive with your messages. She also shares her thoughts on the best strategies, platforms, graphic design tools (Canva), and scheduling tools (PLANOLY and Later) for social media, as well as on how frequently and the type of content you should be posting. Caitlin also sheds some light on what the social media algorithm is and provides an abundance of helpful hints that are bound to help any person or organization looking to bolster their social media game and reach more of their community. To learn more about the work that Caitlin and HeARTs Speak perform, visit the HeARTs Speak website. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Karen Hollish, the director of development and marketing at Pima Animal Care Center, in episode 202.
9/6/202234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Emotional Support Animals with Daniel Maigler, LCSW, Mental Health Advisor for Paws for Patrick

“[Pets] are empathy machines, and they can sense how we’re doing without us having to say anything. Often our pets will know how we’re doing before we do, and they’ll connect in that way.” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Daniel Maigler, a licensed clinical social worker, who also serves as the Mental Health Advisor for Paws for Patrick, which is a nonprofit organization that connects young people with mental health issues to animals. Daniel provides insight into his role with Paws for Patrick, the array of services that the organization provides, and the inspiration behind this organization’s creation. Daniel discusses the benefits of emotional support animals, and clarifies the differences between a service animal, a therapy animal, and an emotional support animal (“ESA”). He talks about the process of obtaining an ESA letter, as well as the benefits and limitations that this letter has. Daniels touches on some of the trends involving ESAs, including their presence on college campuses, and clarifies some of the misconceptions surrounding these trends. Daniel and Stacy also talk about his podcast, Not Allowed to Die, where he discusses mental health and answers any questions that listeners have related to the field. He also discusses mindfulness and provides some useful mental health tips. To learn more about Paws for Patrick, visit their website. You can also check out their Instagram and Facebook pages. Daniel’s podcast can be listened to through Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. Listener Notes During his interview, Daniel mentioned the following studies/works by these individuals:   Janet Hoy-Gerlach, PhD;   Alfred Adler; and   The Courage to be Disliked (written by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi). If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Kristen Hassen, Maddie’s® American Pets Alive! Director overseeing Human Animal Support Services (HASS) in episode 424.
8/30/202232 minutes, 50 seconds
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Pack Up Your Cat and Travel with Emily Miethner, Co-founder Travel Cat

“I think it’s great to bring that lens of diversity and inclusion to anything you’re working on.” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy speaks with Emily Miethner, who is the co-founder of Travel Cat, which produces products used to travel safely with your cat, including backpacks and harnesses. The company, founded in 2017, has become a global 7-figure e-commerce brand with 60,000 customers in 75 countries. In her conversation with Stacy, Emily shares information about Travel Cat’s founding, marketing, and grant program, Forever Home Heroes. As a serial entrepreneur, she has focused on community building, social media, and digital marketing. Emily discusses what it means to be a strong digital marketer and stresses the importance of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). She reminds us that the “love of cats has no bounds” and emphasizes the importance of inclusion of people from all backgrounds that love cats. To learn more about Travel Cat, visit their website or Instagram. Listener Links During her conversation with Stacy, Emily mentions the following organization: NYC Pet Nanny If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Jenny Hart, Travel Writer & Cat Mom in episode 318.
8/23/202228 minutes, 55 seconds
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Habitats for Cats with Mario Arbore, Founder and Owner of Square Paws

So if you’re doing something where they’re feeling engaged with that fun, I think it’s a better experience for people to bond with a cat.” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Mario Abore returns to the show (he previously appeared on CCP Episode 338). Since 2014, Mario, through his company, Square Paws, has been creating stunning and unique creations and habitats for cats and people to enjoy. His work spans a range from making single cat towers to outfitting cat cafes and animal shelters. In his conversation with Stacy, Mario provides an update on some of his new projects, including his incredible work with the Ladew Cat Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, New York. He discusses the inspiration behind this project, as well as the designing and construction process of this and some of his other projects. He and Stacy also have an in-depth conversation about TNR, including a discussion about different traps, techniques, and baits. Sterling also shares his approach to trapping colonies and emphasizes that even if you’re trapping just one cat, you’re still helping. His primary goal with TNR is to elevate the wellness of the cats in the community and to be able to provide resources to help those cats. Mario provides recommendations for older shelters and rescues that are looking to upgrade their facilities and emphasizes the importance of planning now. He discusses the longevity and lifespan of cat furniture and projects and notes the importance of using sustainable materials. Mario also points out some of the things you should be looking for when shopping for cat furniture. To learn more about Mario’s work, visit the Square Paws website. You can also check out their Instagram and Twitter pages. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Ashley Shoults, a principal at Animal Arts, an architecture firm in Boulder, Colorado in episode 359.
8/16/202231 minutes, 46 seconds
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Part 2 - A Drop Trap Master Class with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director at Neighborhood Cats

On trapping in tight locations...“We put a spotter up on the slope who could watch the whole thing and give us a signal when to drop the traps.” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. This week, The Community Cats Podcast is excited to bring you part two of a special audio version of Drop Trap: A Trapper’s Best Friend Presented by The Neighborhood Cats. If you want to watch this presentation's recording - complete with videos, visuals, and great examples of many of the scenarios and equipment discussed - you can check it out on our YouTube channel by clicking here. What will you learn this week? Advanced skills like how to catch many cats at once in your drop trap, the "drop trap 360", plus a couple of unusual bait hacks to attract tough-to-trap queens and toms.  Join Neighborhood Cats, co-designers of the first commercially available drop trap, as they discuss how to use this invaluable tool and improve your trapping efficiency. You can learn more about Bryan Kortis and Neighborhood Cats by visiting their website or consider registering for Bryan's next TNR workshop to discover basic techniques to help you trap, neuter, and return community cats and create a healthy, safe environment for them to thrive in.
8/9/202221 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Drop Trap Master Class with Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director at Neighborhood Cats

“Because they (cats) are less afraid of drop traps, you don't need them to be as hungry to trap them... ” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. This week, The Community Cats Podcast is excited to bring you a special audio version of Drop Trap: A Trapper’s Best Friend Presented by The Neighborhood Cats. If you would like to watch the recording of this presentation - complete with videos, visuals, and great examples of many of the scenarios and equipment discussed - you can check it out on our YouTube channel by clicking here. What will you learn this week? Are you trying to catch the last cat in your colony who isn’t fixed? Got a wily feral who just won’t go into a box trap, no matter how much you spend on roasted chicken? How about catching a litter of kittens all at once—with their mom? All these tough trapping situations and more can be solved if you know how to use a drop trap! Join Neighborhood Cats, co-designers of the first commercially available drop trap, as they discuss how to use this invaluable tool. Plus tips and tricks for advanced drop trappers, too. You can learn more about Bryan Kortis and Neighborhood Cats by visiting their website or consider registering for Bryan's next TNR workshop to discover basic techniques to help you trap, neuter, and return community cats and create a healthy, safe environment for them to thrive in. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Steven Lawrence, Co-Director of The Cat Rescuers, and Tara Green, TNR volunteer of Brooklyn Animal Action in episode 178.
8/2/202238 minutes, 9 seconds
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Same Team with Sterling Davis, Atlanta’s “Trap King”

“It’s important that we learn to work together or learn not to work against one another.” This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, “Trap King” Sterling Davis returns to the show to share some of the projects he has been working on since the pandemic. Sterling, a former rapper turned trapper and TNR advocate was previously on the show on CCP Episode 243 and Episode 360. One of the new projects that he and Stacy discuss is his new podcast, Same Team Podcast, that he co-hosts with Shannon Jackson (mom to internet superstar cat, Smush), which focuses on “fixing the fixers”. During the pandemic, Sterling expanded his focus to healing the fractured relationships among some of the rescuers and rescue organizations. One of the podcast’s segments, titled “Smush the Beef”, has these rescuers and/or rescue organizations coming together to settle their differences and try to find positive solutions. Sterling discusses some of his past projects, including Tabby Dates and Pawject Runaway, as well as some of his upcoming plans for the year, including a potential TV show and continuing to tour the country advocating TNR. He and Stacy also have an in-depth conversation about TNR, including a discussion about different traps, techniques, and baits. Sterling also shares his approach to trapping colonies and emphasizes that even if you’re trapping just one cat, you’re still helping. His primary goal with TNR is to elevate the wellness of the cats in the community and to be able to provide resources to help those cats. To learn more about Sterling and the work he does, visit his website, Instagram, or Facebook. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Michael Bricker, Chief of Engagement of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity in episode 440.
7/26/202240 minutes, 42 seconds
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Together We Trap with Angéline Fahey, Community Cat Program Manager at Humane Society of Southern Arizona

“I think it all comes from being compassionate and coming to them from a place of empathy [and] understanding.” [on dealing with community members] This episode is sponsored in part by CARE, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy speaks with Angéline Fahey, who is the Community Cat Program (“CCP”) Manager at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. The CCP provides trapping assistance, guidance, resources, and education for several counties in Southern Arizona. It also hosts weekly trapping events and hosts regular Zoom meet-ups, where members of a larger coalition of community cat trappers and advocates can discuss ways to improve the quality of outdoor cats’ lives. Angéline discusses her role as the CCP Manager, which involves frequent interaction with the public regarding community cats. She discusses the type of calls that she receives and how she responds to them. She stresses the importance of spreading awareness about community cats, which includes breaking racial barriers. Angéline also talks about the CCP’s trap rental process, its goals moving forward, and its construction of a community cat center. She encourages those in the Southern Arizona region that are community cat trappers or are interested in becoming a trapper to connect with her. To learn more about the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s CCP, visit their website. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Anna Murrin and Valerie Kajko, Project Manager and TNR Coordinator, Metro Denver CAT Project in episode 162.
7/19/202221 minutes, 41 seconds
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Just Give TNR a Try with Joe Federico, Co-Founder & Director of Stray Paws Animal Haven

“We’re trying . . . [to] demonstrate that this can be done, done effectively with great results, and . . . exemplify this to every town, because my ultimate belief is that there should be TNR in every town.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy chats with Joe Federico, co-founder, and director of Stray Paws Animal Haven. After over two decades as a restaurant owner, Joe decided to leave the industry to embark on a journey driven by his passion for animal welfare. After moving to Southern California, he noticed an abundance of stray and feral cats in his neighborhood, and his search for a solution to their suffering and overpopulation of neighborhood cats brought him to the nonprofit organization FixNation, where he was a full-time volunteer for 8 years. Seeing the need for more capacity, Joe decided to establish Stray Paws Animal Haven in 2018, along with co-founder Melissa Bento. The organization, based in Los Angeles, California, focuses on reducing the stray animal population through TNR, medical rehab, transport, relocation, adoption, networking, and education. Their team of over 70 volunteer trappers is responsible for spaying/neutering an average of over 150 cats per week. In his conversation with Stacy, Joe details how he became involved in TNR and provides insight into the services that Stray Paws Animal Haven provides. He discusses his encounters with community members and how he has helped sway those who previously only saw the cats as a neighborhood problem. Joe also shares some of the challenges he encountered with covid, how the organization overcame them, and how it forced them to become more efficient. To learn more about Stray Paws Animal Haven, visit their website or Instagram. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Audra Farrell, Community Cares Program Supervisor at the San Francisco SPCA in episode 101.
7/12/202229 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pump Up the Volume with Dr. June Long, Happy Pets Housecall

“These techniques are successful because they focus on what’s essential in the procedure . . . and [this] allows the surgeon to work more effortlessly and therefore more efficiently.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy chats with Dr. June Long, who has been a high-volume spay/neuter surgeon for over six years. She was formally trained at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance in 2016. Dr. Long routinely performs 30-40 surgeries daily and has performed over 27,000 sterilization surgeries. In her conversation with Stacy, Dr. Long details how she got into the high-volume spay/neuter field and provides a glimpse into what happens behind the scenes in spay/neuter clinics. She shares her thoughts on the need for high-volume spay/neuter services and on the veterinary workforce shortage. She also gives advice to veterinarians that are interested in the spay/neuter or shelter medicine field. Additionally, Dr. Long provides an overview of the Six Minute Spay, an online course she developed, which helps spay/neuter surgeons become more efficient in performing surgeries. The course is self-led and covers everything from the basics of preparing the surgery to performing some of the more complicated procedures. To learn more about the Six Minute Spay, visit the program’s website or Facebook page. You can also contact Dr. Long through email. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Marvin Mackie, DVM, the co-creator of the Quick Spay Technique episode 40.
7/5/202227 minutes, 2 seconds
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Strategy and Collaboration with Cameron Greig, Community Cat Coordinator for the Humane Society of Huron Valley

“Really my big thing in TNR is education and awareness; I want as many people to know about TNR as possible so that they can help save the cats.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy chats with Cameron Greig, the Community Cat Coordinator for the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cameron shares information about the specifics of HSHV’s Community Cat Program. To date, this program has served over 18,000 cats, averaging around 1,500 spay-neuter surgeries annually. Cameron talks about how he got into this field and how he has approached handling his position. He shares some of the strategies that the program employs. He also details a recent collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Information, where students performed a deep dive into HSHV’s Community Cat Program to figure out ways it could improve its efficiency and systems. Cameron discusses instances where he has had to deal with difficult property managers while TNRing and provides suggestions on how to appropriately handle these situations. He also provides a few tips for trapping. Listener Notes To learn more about HSHV’s Community Cat Program, visit their website. You can also connect with the HSHV’s Community Cat Program through Facebook. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Alice Burton, Program Manager, Animal Control and Shelter Liaison episode 36.
6/28/202224 minutes, 25 seconds
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Handling Costly Surprises with Edwin Plotts, Director of Marketing at Pawlicy Advisor

“Just to make people aware: pet insurance is a very helpful tool; veterinary financing is a very helpful tool. When they’re combined, it creates a unique situation where they really piggyback and help each other.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Edwin Plotts is the Director of Marketing at Pawlicy Advisor. He is also involved with fostering and TNR in Chatham County, Georgia. Prior to moving to Georgia, he was a volunteer and foster with Flatbush Cats in Brooklyn, New York. In his interview with Stacy, Edwin describes the services of Pawlicy Advisor, which he likens to Priceline for pet insurance. This free resource assists pet owners in finding the right insurance so that they can afford veterinary costs. Edwin explains how there is no one-size-fits-all pet insurance and details how Pawlicy Advisor utilizes the Coverage Score and the Lifetime Pricing Score to rank the insurances most appropriate for the pet owner. He also more broadly explains pet insurance, including what it covers and its evolvement over the past five years. You can connect with Edwin through Linkedin. To learn more about Pawlicy Advisor, visit their website. Listener Notes During his interview, Edwin mentioned Flatbush Cats If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Nathan the Cat Lady in episode 388.
6/21/202226 minutes, 7 seconds
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Stress in Pets with Kristen Levine, Nationally Acclaimed Pet Expert and Influencer

“I think we probably overthink it sometimes. And sometimes it’s just a matter of trying different things to see what the cat seems to prefer or what eliminates the behavior that we’re trying to eliminate.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert and influencer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Her early work with the SPCA led her to a lifelong career in the pet industry, advocating for pets and their parents on her blog and in the media. Through her blog, she helps pet parents provide the best care for every stage of a pet’s life. In her discussion with Stacy, Kristen shares some of her experiences in the pet industry and how she got into blogging. Many of the questions that she receives through her blog pertain to behavior. Kristen discusses her efforts in educating cat parents and raising overall awareness about fear, stress, and anxiety in cats, which includes founding the Pet Anxiety Awareness Event and the Pet Anxiety Awareness Month. Kristen provides insight on how to identify some of the stress symptoms in cats and what you can do to address these issues so that they can feel comfortable and safe in your home. She also provides her perspective on the Fear Free concept in veterinary medicine and provides several tips on how small organizations can handle PR. To learn more about Kristen and her work, visit Pet Living with Kristen Levine. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Nathan the Cat Lady in episode 388.
6/14/202227 minutes, 20 seconds
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Special Episode! Trappers’ Tips & Tricks Part 2 with Bryan Kortis, Director of National Programs, Neighborhood Cats

“This is for when you’re really desperate to get the tomcat.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Drawing from over 20 years of experience working with feral cats, the folks at Neighborhood Cats have gathered together their favorite ways of catching the wiliest of felines. Join Neighborhood Cats' director of national programs, Bryan Kortis, as he offers a collection of helpful, problem-solving tips! Whether it's putting in a clear rear door, using Spam or KFC as bait, wrapping your trap with green garden netting, or training a cat to enter a trap, you're bound to learn something new to improve your trapping success! Links for Listeners View the full Trappers' Tips & Tricks video and slides on our Community Cat Care and Training page (just scroll to the bottom for recordings) or on YouTube. Learn more about Neighborhood Cats. If you enjoyed this episode, check out another great special episode, Colony Caretaking Tips & Tricks Part 1.
6/7/202227 minutes, 36 seconds
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Special Episode! Trappers’ Tips & Tricks Part 1 with Bryan Kortis, Director of National Programs, Neighborhood Cats

“What about the ones where you do all the basics - you do the feeding pattern, you withhold the food, you use the good traps, and all that - but they just won't go in?” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Drawing from over 20 years of experience working with feral cats, the folks at Neighborhood Cats have gathered together their favorite ways of catching the wiliest of felines. Join Neighborhood Cats' director of national programs, Bryan Kortis, as he offers a collection of helpful, problem-solving tips! Whether it's putting in a clear rear door, using Spam or KFC as bait, wrapping your trap with green garden netting, or training a cat to enter a trap, you're bound to learn something new to improve your trapping success! Links for Listeners View the full Trappers' Tips & Tricks video and slides on our Community Cat Care and Training page (just scroll to the bottom for recordings) or on YouTube. Learn more about Neighborhood Cats. If you enjoyed this episode, check out another great special episode, Colony Caretaking Tips & Tricks Part 1.
5/31/202246 minutes, 17 seconds
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A Small Organization Making a Big Impact with Linda Chitwood, Volunteer Director, Homeless Animals Relief Project

“The good thing about spay/neuter is one cat fixed: thousands saved. So you get one done, you can feel really good that night about what you’ve done. You don’t have to have these big huge numbers to make a difference in your community, in your neighborhood.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie’s Fund. Linda Chitwood is the volunteer director for the nonprofit charity Homeless Animals Relief Project (“HARP”), located in Senatobia, Mississippi. HARP’s mission is to reduce cat suffering and overpopulation by providing free or very low-cost spay/neuter surgery to those with low income or caring for community cats. Since its inception in 1997, HARP has fixed over 20,000 cats. After moving from Memphis to rural Mississippi, Linda encountered a community without any animal welfare programs and she was compelled to take action. In her conversation with Stacy, Linda shares some of her experiences from her 25 years in animal welfare work and in operating a small nonprofit. Linda also discusses the book that she published, $5 For A Cat Head, which provides guidance on how to get started with TNR and what you can do as an individual in the community. This book also provides helpful advice in dealing with community members while trapping in different environments and other practical hands-on tips. In this discussion, Linda reminds us all to “never lose sight of the beauty and the wonder and the joy of the animals we’re trying to help.” To learn more about HARP, visit their website. Linda’s book can be found on BookBabyand the Kindle version can be found on Amazon. All of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the animals served by HARP and will be used to fund spay/neuter surgeries. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Chris Roy, pilot, and creator of Doobert.com in episode 131.
5/24/202224 minutes, 14 seconds
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When Pets Fly with Marta Negro, Founder of Help the Dog Fly

“So I think it’s really important when you start something that you really feel part of it and you have the feeling that you really want to talk about it all of the time.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Marta Negro, a lifelong pet lover and avid traveler, faced a difficult task when the COVID pandemic forced her to return home to Spain without her dog. Fortunately, she was able to find a flight volunteer who could reunite her with her dog. Following this experience, Marta recognized the need for this service on a grander scale, which prompted her to develop the platform Help the Dog Fly. This service connects individuals trying to get their pet home with transport volunteers. In her conversation with Stacy, Marta provides details about the behind-the-scenes work. She also shares the organization’s values, some of the challenges as a new organization, and her goals for Help the Dog Fly’s future. To learn more about Help the Dog Fly, visit their Facebook, Instagram, or website. If you enjoyed this episode, check out our interview with Chris Roy, pilot, and creator of Doobert.com in episode 131.
5/17/202226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Doing Our Best Work for Animals with Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM

“There’s so much noise in the world that really holds us back from doing our best work. We should just be kind to each other and work together.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Dr. Sara Pizano returns to the show (a previous CCP guest on episodes 56, 171, 246, 247, 306, and 335) to provide updates on her work, including her involvement with municipal shelters. She recently provided her 117th consult in 22 states. These shelters were able to decrease intake and lower euthanasia rates. Over the period of one year, one particular shelter, Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, was able to decrease its intake from 908 cats to 19. She stresses the importance of all organizations utilizing the community foundation model to help bridge funding gaps and shares her perspective on addressing veterinary shortages. Dr. Pizano shares information about Maddie’s Million Pet Challenge, which evolved from the Million Cat Challenge (a campaign that saved over 3.5 million cats). UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF, Open Door Veterinary Collective, and Team Shelter USA came together to found this initiative, which provides consultative mentoring services at no cost. Dr. Pizano also discusses Human Animal Support Services, which is a movement to transform animal services through innovative programs and services built to support people and pets within their communities. Listener Notes Dr. Pizano’s book, The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters, can be found on Amazon. During her interview, Dr. Pizano mentions these organizations:     Best Friends     Learniverse     Open Door Veterinary Collective     Team Shelter USA     The Joanie Bernard Foundation     Woodstock Animal Foundation If you enjoyed this episode, hear more from Dr. Pizano on episode 171.
5/10/202234 minutes, 14 seconds
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Supporting Animals and Their People with Joe Elmore, Charleston Animal Society

“There’s a person behind every animal and we’re trying to translate that person’s care and concern for the animal into action.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert, and Maddie's Fund. Joe Elmore has served as the President and CEO of Charleston Animal Society since 2012. When he joined, he brought 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to an organization in turmoil. Since his time at Charleston Animal Society, the organization has become the state’s top-rated nonprofit 7 years in a row. Joe also organized the statewide initiative No Kill South Carolina and led the effort to pass the first felony animal cruelty law in the U.S. In his conversation with Stacy, Joe describes the similarities and differences between the models of human service organizations and animal welfare organizations. He explains the challenges that animals face given their vulnerability and lack of fundamental rights. Joe also details how he was able to gather support from the public and policymakers in creating a TNR program and discusses the effectiveness of this campaign and the resulting program. Additionally, he highlights topics regarding the management of cat colonies. To learn more about the Charleston Animal Society, visit their website.  Listener Notes: During his interview, Joe mentions these organizations/programs:     No Kill South Carolina     Feral Freedom program
5/3/202233 minutes, 10 seconds
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Taking Care of Both Ends of the Leash with Jon Geller, The Street Dog Coalition

"They have cats for companionship to give them company because they’re so isolated. There are so many stigmas attached to people who are homeless.” This episode is sponsored in part by Telecom Consultants, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy chats with Dr. Jon Geller, DVM, who worked as an emergency veterinarian for nearly 25 years. He is also the national founder and director of The Street Dog Coalition, which provides free veterinary care to pets of those experiencing homelessness. The Street Dog Coalition runs mobile veterinary clinics in over 50 cities across the U.S. Dr. Geller talks about the services that The Street Dog Coalition provides to cats, as well as to their owners in their efforts to care for both ends of the leash. He also discusses the challenges that many of these individuals can face when seeking refuge in homeless and women’s shelters when accompanied by their pets. To learn more about The Street Dog Coalition, visit their, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube channel, or website. If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's earlier interview with Amanda Arrington, Director of Pets for Life Program at The Humane Society of the United States. | Episode 69.
4/26/202228 minutes, 59 seconds
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Extra Credit with Carla Betlem, Instructor and Senior Staff Specialist at Rochester Institute of Technology & Founder of the Student Club Caring Hearts for RIT Cats

“If people know what you’re doing, they will come out of the woodwork. If the commitment’s there and you really want to do it, it’s definitely possible.” This episode is sponsored in part by Telecom Consultants, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy speaks with Carla Betlem, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology where she has been performing TNR for nearly 15 years. Carla along with several RIT students came together to establish a campus club, Caring Hearts For RIT Cats, which provides care, comfort, and security to the feral cats on and surrounding RIT’s campus. Caring Hearts, which became an official college club in 2019[1], has over 400 student members involved. The club operates as a nonprofit entity and has a board of directors, along with various committees and subcommittees. Carla describes how this club was founded, how its members communicate, and the importance of training others to become leaders. She stresses the importance of educating students about the resources available in caring for their pets, as well as the importance of having them involved in caring for RIT’s cats. Carla also provides advice for individuals that would like to begin a similar program at their own university. To learn more about Caring Hearts for RIT Cats, visit their Facebook, Instagram, or website. You can also connect with them through email at [email protected]. If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's earlier interview with Dr. Emily Cobb. | Episode 50.
4/19/202228 minutes, 12 seconds
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Documenting the TNR Experience with Photographer Erica Danger

“By being able to document [TNR] with photo and video . . . you can get those conversations started and start educating people why TNR is great, why it’s so helpful for everybody.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy chats with Erica Danger, a pet photographer, designer, and cat rescuer located in the San Francisco Bay area. She fosters kittens, practices TNR, and volunteers with a number of rescue-focused organizations. With her business, The Catnip Dispensary, she designs and creates catnip toys, facemasks, and more to fund her rescue work. Erica shares her experience with photography, volunteering, nonprofit organizations, and TNR. She discusses the importance of sharing TNR through social media and provides helpful tips and tricks for good photography. Additionally, Erica previews her upcoming collaboration with the Community Cats Podcast. To learn more about Erica and her work, visit her Facebook, Instagram, or website. Her store, The Catnip Dispensary, can be found here. Listener Links During her interview, Erica mentions these organizations:     Best Friends Animal Society     Feral Change     Luxe Paws If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's earlier interview with author and photographer, Tamar Arslanian. | Episode 145.
4/12/202227 minutes, 47 seconds
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Lost and Found Pets with Kat Albrecht-Thiessen, Pet Detective and Founder/Director of The Missing Animal Response Network

“It’s important for TNR groups who trap cats to realize the same “feral” behavior you see in [true] ferals, may be a sign of a scared cat and not necessarily a feral cat.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy talks to Kat Albrecht-Thiessen, a police detective turned pet detective and the founder/director of The Missing Animal Response Network. Since 1997, Kat has worked with search dogs trained to find lost pets and is widely known as the leading authority on lost pet behavior and pet detective training. Kat has authored two books, “Pet Tracker: The Amazing Story of Rachel the K-9 Pet Detective” and “Dog Detectives: How to Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets”. Kat talks about how she transitioned from police detective to pet detective. She had previous training in search management as part of search and rescue and found that many of the techniques for finding lost people can be applied to finding lost pets. Kat also has a blog that dispels myths about what to do if your pet is lost, for example, putting out a cat’s litter box to help bring the cat home (a myth). Finding a lost cat takes a lot of work by the owner including getting neighbors' permission to search their property (and not just handing them a flier and asking them to look) and that looking for a lost pet “gets you familiar with your neighbors and community.” Kat takes a closer look at the behavior of lost pets and how even pets that are outgoing and friendly with their owners, act differently when lost outside the home. She feels that more cats could be found if owners knew what to do and she stresses the “need to educate people in the proper things to do when a cat is lost.” She describes the “difference between how an indoor-only cat behaves when they are lost versus an outdoor access cat”, how they are often hiding close to their home, and the differences between the time frame for recovery of a cat that accidentally escapes and a cat that escapes and is injured. Kat and Stacy briefly discuss the training of pet detectives, and how there is a need for pet owners to be trained, even if they are not going to work as pet detectives. Kat talks about what a cat recovery team consists of and what they will do for the owner if they are hired. She mentions how some TNR groups may accidentally trap a lost cat because it may be exhibiting “feral” behavior and how it’s important to start a search for a lost cat within 24 hours and not treat indoor/outdoor cats differently based on past experiences with wandering. Kat thinks that microchips are important and explains how they work and repeats what to do within the first 24 hours to successfully recover a lost cat. Listener Links Missing Animal Response network  www.missinganimalresponse.com Kat’s books are available on Amazon.com
4/5/202230 minutes, 5 seconds
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Discussing Cat Behavior with the CCP Behavior Day Dream Team

“We’ve advanced so much in terms of understanding cat behavior but yet, we still have so far to go. We need more days like this.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy interviews her “Dream Team” of cat behavior experts, who are presenting at the 2022 Community Cats Podcast Online Behavior Day, which takes place on April 09, 2022. The panel features Pam Johnson-Bennett, certified cat behavior consultant and author; Dr. Rachel Geller, certified cat behavior and retention specialist, and executive director of the Cat Connection; Tabitha Kucera, CCBC, KPA-CTP, Fear-Free, and Low-Stress Handling certified registered veterinary technician; and Arden Moore, dog/cat behavior consultant, master pet first aid instructor, radio host, and author. The presenters give an overview of what they will present at Behavior Day, including cat behavior issues and concerns, vet visits and enrichment, litter box, and multi-cat household issues. Listener Links: Pam Johnson-Bennett www.catbehaviorassociates.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/Pam.JohnsonBennett Twitter - @ThinkLikeaCat Pam’s Books are available at numerous online retailers including Bookshop.com and Amazon.com (see Pam’s website for other online retailers) Dr. Rachel Geller www.drrachelcatbehavior.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/rachel.geller Twitter - @DrRachelGeller Rachel’s book “Saving the World, One Cat at a Time: What I Know About Cats – And Why You Should Know It, Too” is available on Amazon.com Arden Moore www.ardenmoore.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/ArdenMoore Instagram - @ardenknowspets Arden’s books are available on Amazon.com Tabitha Kucera www.chirrupsandchatter.com You can learn more about Fear Free techniques and stress-free handling at www.fearfreepets.com If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's earlier interview with feline behaviorist, Tabitha Kucera. | Episode 319.
3/29/202219 minutes, 50 seconds
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Fixing Programs and Cats with Jonathan Howe, Public Defender and New York’s 14th Congressional District Candidate

“Seeing the way that people make this [TNR] their priority, make doing something good for their community a priority, was really inspiring.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy speaks to Jonathan Howe, who is a public defender in Bronx County Family Court and has declared his candidacy for Congress in New York’s 14th Congressional District. Jonathan and his wife were trained and certified in TNR during the COVID lockdown and now manage a small colony in Astoria, Queens. The couple shares their home with two of their own cats, Clara and Art Bell, and have helped two other kittens from the colony find new homes. Jonathan recounts his story of never having had a cat of his own but first seeing a lot of hungry outdoor cats at a friend’s house about eight years ago. Fast forward to the COVID lockdown and Jonathan noticed the outdoor cats in his neighborhood and realized he needed to take responsibility for them. His early efforts at trapping were somewhat unsuccessful but he eventually trapped and fostered his first kitten. He got tips and advice from Neighborhood Cats and Astoria Cat Rescue on how to manage the colony, feeding, and trapping and attempted to get the colony cats spayed and neutered, even though some vet clinics were not open during COVID. Jonathan and Stacy briefly discuss the shortage of vet appointments and the decision that was made to determine that some vet clinics were considered non-essential services during the COVID shutdown. With the help of a court clerk Jonathan happened to speak to in a virtual meeting, he was able to get some colony cats fixed at an open clinic in Westchester, NY, and then pursued TNR certification. Jonathan encourages anyone interested in this work to get certified first before trying to learn the hard way. He tells Stacy, “Anyone who heard about what we were doing was eager to help”, including members of the community who dropped off supplies to feed and house the colony cats. Jonathan would like to see support for TNR at the Federal level and believes local government can also help by “giving vouchers for spay/neuter to local vets.” He thinks that anything that can be done on a legislative front to “make it clear that this [TNR] is a policy that works and is a policy that works to address a problem that we as humans have caused” will help to show that managing outdoor cats can be done in a humane way. Managing the colony and connecting with his neighbors through his work has made him feel “part of the community” and at the end of the process, he knew everyone in the neighborhood. He is currently fundraising for his campaign and is hoping, for every one hundred dollars he raises, to be able to put out one winter cat shelter he purchased from a company in Long Island, for the colony to use in the winter months ahead. Listener Links: Jonathan’s campaign website www.howe2022.com Neighborhood Cats www.neighborhoodcats.org Astoria Cat Rescue www.astoriacatrescue.com To sign up to attend the Community Cats Podcast TNR certification, go to www.communitycatspodcast.com and click on Virtual Education If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's earlier interview with animal rights lawyer, Camille Labchuck. | Episode 346.
3/22/202235 minutes, 26 seconds
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Cat Cinema and Speech with Tracie Hotchner, Author, Animal Wellness Advocate, and Founder of The Radio Pet Lady Network

“When people use negative words, we need to help correct them. People might speak ill of cats because they don’t understand them.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy talks to Tracie Hotchner, author, podcaster, animal wellness advocate and founder of The Radio Pet Lady Network, a network of informative radio programs, co-hosted by Tracie with top veterinarians and other pet experts. Tracie is also the founder and director of the annual NY Cat Film Festival and NY Dog Film Festival, which feature short cat-centric and dog-centric films. Premiering in New York City every year, the festivals then travel across the country, partnering with local animal welfare groups in every location that receives a portion of every ticket. Tracie lives in Vermont with her two rescue dogs and enjoys playing tennis. The discussion partially focuses on the results of a recent British research study, which surveyed pet owners to rate their cats’ level of psychopathy as defined by human psychological standards. Tracie explains how using certain words and labels can contribute to viewing cats in a negative way. Tracie agrees with Stacy that standard field terminology (such as TNR) and messaging in the animal welfare community needs to be consistent and simple to make it accessible and easily understood by a wider audience. She believes in “elevating the status of cats” since society’s view of community cats as the cause of problems like the decimation of birds and wildlife and even cartoon depictions of cats as “clever and slightly villainous” has led to negative stereotypes of cats. Tracie ponders whether that is partly based on the ability of community cats to thrive and survive outdoors. Notes: To learn more about Tracie Hotchner, find links and information about her podcasts, and sign up for her newsletter, visit www.radiopetlady.com To learn more about the Cat Film Festival www.catfilmfestival.com Connect with Tracie on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/traciehotchner or Twitter @traciehotchner Film – “Kedi” (documentary about Istanbul’s street cats and the community that cares for them) Research study on cat psychopathy published in Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 95, December 2021 (A domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) model of triarchic psychopathy factors: Development and initial validation of the CAT-Tri+ questionnaire) Tracie’s books are “The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know”                                        “The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know” If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's earlier interview with Tracy. | Episode 184.
3/15/202231 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fill Your Toolkit with Amy Davila Sanchez, Marketing Manager for Strategic Initiatives at Best Friends Animal Society

“It’s really about expanding the amount of resources that we can give to these caretakers, to these volunteers that day in and day out go out to the field to help these cats.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with Amy Davila Sanchez, Marketing Manager for strategic initiatives for Best Friends Animal Society. Raised in a family that loves cats and dogs, Amy has grown up with a special connection to animals, especially with cats. Her passion for animals started at a young age when she was in Puerto Rico. She currently has two rescue dogs and two rescue cats and loves to travel, cook and hike in her downtime. In her day to day at Best Friends Animal Society, Amy works with her team to provide resources and education for shelters and rescue organizations. Across the country, she helps provide these solutions and education materials. Amy and her team develop toolkits, courses, and resources to help individual people provide life-saving solutions for cats and dogs within their own lives. Best Friends also hosts adoption and foster locations across the country to better assist on the ground. When it comes to the greatest challenges facing community cat caretakers, Amy says, “Everybody is overwhelmed. There are a lot of cats out there, there are limited resources and there is still some misinformation or not a clear understanding from community members.” While some states within the country openly provide solutions and resources for community cats, other states are more challenging for community cats. Amy tells us more about the community cats' situation in Texas, California, and North Carolina, and how there is limited to no access to veterinary care and spay/neuter services. Best Friends is focused on these three states to identify communities that specifically need help and support them with marketing and educational materials. The goal is to inspire communities to want to take action themselves. If you’re a small grassroots organization helping community cats, you’ll want to tune in as Amy shares advice on how to support your local community and access resources from Best Friends Animal Society! Notes: To learn more about Best Friends Animal Society and their work across the country, visit their website here. You can also learn more about community cats and ways you can take action by visiting their Community Cats page here. If you’re a rescue organization looking to partner with Best Friends Animal Society and access the network partner program, visit their website.
3/8/202227 minutes, 56 seconds
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Talking to Cats with Jessica Evans, Cat Communicator and Founder of Feline Ascension

“It’s really important for us to be aware of our energy. Because the imbalance that we’re currently experiencing as a collective is now translating into our cats.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Buzz to the Rescues, and Maddie's Fund. Jessica Evans is a certified cat communicator and founder of Feline Ascension, which offers on-demand energy healing for cats and their owners. Jessica has been a cat lover all of her life and now dedicates her life to helping kitties be welcomed into homes with open arms and not be returned to a shelter due to behavior issues. It began with her first cat Dora and for Jessica, it was love at first sight. Ever since then, she’s always had cats in her life. Her childhood dream was to talk to cats and now she does! She discovered energy healing while she struggled with her own health issues in 2018. She learned how to communicate with her own body through energy healing and eventually became a certified healing practitioner. Over the past few years, clients started coming to her and asking for help with their felines. Now, she’s dedicated to working with clients to help them live the best life possible. Her mission as a cat communicator is to help shift unhealthy energies, reduce stressors that might be triggering negative behavior, give cats a way to communicate their boundaries, and translate messages from cats to their owners. Jessica and Stacy talk more about energy healing overall and discuss the meaning and impact of reiki, emotion code, and body code to help us uncover the best versions of ourselves. Jessica also teaches classes on cat communication to help cat owners and advocates develop a stronger connection to the cats they’re working with. Notes: To learn more about Jessica Evans and Feline Ascension, visit her website here! You can also connect with Jessica on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to learn more about her work. For more info on courses, live events, and additional support for you and your amazing felines, visit her cat-alog here! If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's interview with Karen Anderson, Animal Communicator, Afterlife Expert, and Coach | Episode 291.
3/1/202237 minutes, 14 seconds
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Building a Community with Two Crazy Cat Ladies, Jae Kennedy & Adrienne Lefebvre

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. In this episode, Stacy speaks with Jane Kennedy and Adrienne Lefebvre of Two Crazy Cat Ladies, an all-natural feline product line designed to help kitties live longer and healthier lives. In addition to their products, they also host a blog and podcast called “Back In The Closet,” to help bring cat parents together and raise awareness for the health and well-being of all kitties. They also host regular Facebook and Instagram lives, connecting with cat parents and sharing helpful tips. Jane and Adrienne always thought they were dog people. That all changed when cats started coming to them and they found themselves enthralled in the care of the kitties in their lives. In 2015, they realized how much they didn’t know about nutrition when one of their cats went through a heartbreaking situation with feline leukemia. They searched for more answers and solutions but couldn’t find much information. They ended up building their own community to support cat parents and address cats’ specific needs. Oftentimes, it feels like we live in a dog-dominated world and there are negative stereotypes associated with being a cat parent. Jane and Adrienne are changing this and inspiring cat lovers to fully embrace their love for cats. They tell us more about how they started their business, what they learned along the way and how they use social media to build this supportive community. “Cats really are some of our best teachers. We’ve all had that special cat in our life that helps us be a better human and helps us better take care of the cats that come into our lives.” Notes:  To learn more about Jane Kennedy & Adrienne Lefebvre of Two Crazy Cat Ladies, visit her website!  You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to follow their latest tips For their Back In The Closet podcast, learn more and tune in here!  If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's interview with Bridget Bowhay, Director of Content and Social Media for Cuddly | Episode 394.
2/22/202229 minutes, 10 seconds
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Feline Behavior with New Zealand's The Cat Counsellor, Molly Kelsey

“I wanted to focus on keeping not just cats happy but owners happy with their cats and reducing owner surrender and things like euthanasia due to problem behaviors.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. Meet Molly Kelsey, a former vet nurse who worked with in-patient care and clinic administration, and now runs The Cat Counsellor as a feline behavior consultant, offering 1-on-1 support for cats and their owners. She’s based in New Zealand where it’s tough being a community cat. TNR practices are more restrictive and led by only grassroots volunteer-run organizations. In addition, there is public scrutiny regarding TNR due to ongoing concerns for local wildlife. In this episode, Molly tells us more about the community cat situation in New Zealand and shares more about how she started The Cat Counsellor as a way to advocate for and empower people to become more effective cat companions. She also shares important tips on how to understand and find solutions for common problem behaviors that might be happening at home. Molly tells us more about house soiling, litter box issues, and aggression to other pets and people in the home. Here’s one tip that Molly shared with us: “If you’re playing with a laser toy, finish the laser beam on a tangible item. A physical toy they can touch or a treat, and this prevents frustration from not getting anything from the chase.” Notes: To learn more about Molly Kelsey and The Cat Counsellor, visit her website here. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with her feline behavior tips and 1-on-1 sessions. To book a session with Molly, visit her booking link here! If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy Stacy's interview with Suzy Langer (President Bifford) | Episode 423.
2/15/202222 minutes, 41 seconds
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Bryan Kortis and Susan Richmond, Return-to-Field & Targeting: The Community Cat Program, Part 2

“The door is always open to work together.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. In part two of the Return-to-Field & Targeting: The Community Cat Program webinar Bryan Kortis explores what fears people have prior to starting a return-to-field and targeting program and some of the studies and statistics that will put those fears to rest. Bryan also touches on how to discuss RTF programs with public officials and how to find common ground with bird enthusiasts and environmentalists so RTF can be used to effectively and humanely control the free-roaming cat population. Bryan also answers questions from attendees moderated by Stacy. Session Presenters: Susan Richmond Executive Director, Neighborhood Cats Bryan Kortis National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats Notes: View the video Download the handouts Learn more about Neighborhoodcats.org. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and view more of their content on Vimeo. Be sure to follow the Community Cats Podcast on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
2/8/202255 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bryan Kortis and Susan Richmond, Return-to-Field & Targeting: The Community Cat Program, Part 1

2/1/202235 minutes, 57 seconds
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Michael Bricker, Chief Strategy Officer of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity™ (CARE)

“For anything—as far as animals are related—to be completely sustainable, it has to happen in the community, it has to happen by the community.” This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. Mike Bricker has spent years in animal welfare improving live outcome percentages, innovating new programming, rewriting policies, and modernizing medical operations as director of operations at Camden County Animal Shelter. He then transitioned to Best Friends Animal Society as the Director of Operations of the Shelter Embed program and used his time to connect with communities and listen to the people he worked with. Stacy and Mike dive into what makes CARE, as Mike describes, “Unlike almost anything else in Animal Welfare.” He outlines the current divisions of CARE and talks about how CARE Centers, Research and Development, Narrative, and The CARE Circle work together to progress their mission. Mike discusses the importance of narrative and visibility as a core of what CARE does to highlight Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) doing the unrecognized animal welfare work in their communities. This visibility also has an impact on the future of BIPOC in the veterinary profession and animal welfare world. He relates, “Once they see themselves in the movement they find it way easier to jump into that movement.” Mike and Stacy talk about the sustainability of animal transport, creating an organization that reflects the population they serve, and how communities/changemakers can find and work with CARE. Notes: During his interview, Mike mentions these organizations: Little Earth United Tribes Braveheart Animal Rescue Jodie Blackwell Fund to develop scholarships/support for Black Veterinarians. TrapKing Humane To learn more about CARE, visit them online or follow them on Facebook,and Instagram. Stay up-to-date with their programs and projects by becoming a member of the CARE Circle. To join, text CIRCLE to 52886.
1/25/202230 minutes, 5 seconds
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Beverly Means, LMSW, Founder and Executive Director of Transitions Pet Care

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. Turning her perspective around on being a single pet caretaker inspired Beverly Means to think about what kinds of help she would want if she could no longer care for her pets due to terminal illness or an end-of-life event. After looking for options in her community, Beverly saw the need for supportive services around this common problem, and Transitions Pet Care was created. Offering services from estate planning to rehoming options, and even supportive pet care in Decatur, GA, Transitions Pet Care is a 501(c)3 foster-based rescue. TPC serves a population of elderly, health-compromised, or terminally ill people and their pets. Stacy and Beverly discuss estate planning with our animal companions in mind. Beverly outlines options from a formal and legally-binding Pet Trust to an informal written plan including care details, veterinary info, and the pet’s own preferences. She emphasizes the importance of planning for animal companions, especially with multiple pets or even a colony of community cats on your property. “It doesn’t take that long to have the conversation, to write it down, and to share it with the person who may be managing that,” she advises. As a trained social worker Beverly is uniquely prepared for navigating the emotional hardships that come with this work and she believes in preparing volunteers of the program for the loss and grief that comes with helping the population they serve. “At the end of the day, it’s about helping people take care of their pets in a way that helps them keep their pets and keep that pet healthy.” Learn more about Transitions Pet Care by visiting them online, or by following them on Instagram.
1/18/202229 minutes, 2 seconds
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Blending Holistic and Traditional Veterinary Care for Cats with Dr. Gary Richter, MS, DVM

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com and Maddie's Fund. This week, Stacy checks in with the very accomplished Dr. Gray Richter. Dr. Richter is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and certified veterinary chiropractor. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Richter and his Montclair Veterinary Hospital team received awards from the community, including Best Veterinarian in the East Bay from Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, and KRON 4 TV. Dr. Richter’s professional interests are in emergency, general practice, alternative care medicine, and wildlife rescue. He is also the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Alameda county representative regarding animal disaster planning. Dr. Richter is now an international bestselling author of The Ultimate Pet Health Guide. They discuss the shift in veterinary medicine away from treating cats as small dogs, and what might have prompted this enlightenment, including the Fear Free movement, more owner engagement, and the advantages it has for both veterinarian and patient. Dr. Richter also touches on the ongoing staffing shortages many veterinary clinics are experiencing and how important veterinary technicians are within the industry. The conversation continues with a discussion about how western and alternative medicine can be integrated for remarkable outcomes and he even offers valuable tips on feline nutrition. Dr. Richter tells Stacy about the importance of diet for outdoor community cats and gives some details about supplements he's created to help enhance the traditional diets we feed cats. As the conversation comes to a close, Dr. Richter shares his thoughts about end-of-life care for animals. If you'd like more information about Dr. Richter's supplements, you may visit ultimatepetnutrition.com and his book, The Ultimate Pet Health Guide, is available on Amazon. (It includes 50 recipes for dog and cat food you can make at home!) To learn more about integrated care, check out petvetexpert.com.
1/11/202227 minutes, 15 seconds
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Aaron Hancox, Documentary Filmmaker of Running Wild: the Cats of Cornwall

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network, Doobert.com, and Maddie's Fund. Stacy connects with documentary Filmmaker Aaron Hancox to discuss how he came to find inspiration from his early documentary Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit that lead him to his latest documentary, Running Wild: The Cats of Cornwall. Aaron confides that he initially expected the plight of cats in Cornwall to be a unique occurrence. Through his filmmaking, he has since learned that it is a story playing out in rural and underfunded communities all around the world. Aaron discusses the film’s main characters as they try to reduce the number of un-owned cats in Cornwall. He relates that telling their story looked like a David v. Goliath fight, but yielded insight into possible solutions and community needs in Cornwall and beyond. Much of the progress made was impacted by COVID-19 and the constant need for accessible spay and neuter Arron touches on municipal support, academic support, and private citizen support as being factors in the lives of community cats, as well as the importance of resources and financial support for education and community buy-in. “Sometimes it might feel like you are chasing your own tail when you are doing this kind of work, and I hope that is a wake-up call to people who don’t understand this world.” Watch Running Wild: The Cats of Cornwall now on iTunes, Prime Video, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox, VUDU, YouTube, and other VOD platforms. Follow Running Wild: The Cats of Cornwall on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Notes: Visit Tiny but Mighty Cat Rescue in Cornwall, to connect with Mellissa Alepins Visit Cattrap to connect with Mary Jane Proulx Learn more about Markum Street Films
1/4/202224 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bryan Kortis and Susan Richmond, Colony Care Taking Tips and Tricks Part 2

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. In Part 2 of 2021 Colony Caretaking Tips & Tricks, Presented by Neighborhood Cats, Bryan Kortis offers insight into constructing and maintaining winter shelters for community cats. From purchasing a kit to building your own, to making excellent use of a styrofoam cooler, Bryan covers several options. Caretaker and neighbor relations can be tricky, but Bryan offers several solutions to minimize complaints. Changing colony traffic patterns through barriers and deterrents can be a solution. Fleas, worms, gut health, and immunity boosters are all healthcare options that Bryan covers as manageable and available to community cats through their caregivers. Session Presenters: Susan Richmond Executive Director, Neighborhood Cats Bryan Kortis National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats Notes: View the video Download the handouts Learn more about Neighborhoodcats.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and view more of their content on Vimeo. Be sure to follow the Community Cats Podcast on Facebook, Instagram , and YouTube.
12/28/202134 minutes, 35 seconds
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Bryan Kortis and Susan Richmond, Colony Care Taking Tips and Tricks Part 1

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. In part one of the Colony Caretaking webinar Bryan Kortis explores the bond between the cat and caretaker. He covers best practices such as feeding patterns, types of food, and nutritional content for the value of the food offered. He talks about what caretakers can do so as not to disturb neighbors or create a neighborhood nuisance at the feeding site. Bryan explains the variables like weather and wildlife (feral chickens? Yep!) that must be factored into both a trapping session and the colony’s well-being. Feeding stations and locations are covered as well as the specific needs that caretakers face with winter feeding, watering, and care. Session Presenters: Susan Richmond Executive Director, Neighborhood Cats Bryan Kortis National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats Notes: View the video Download the handouts Learn more about Neighborhoodcats.org. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and view more of their content on Vimeo. Be sure to follow the Community Cats Podcast on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
12/21/202139 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jon Dunn, Senior Specialist of Communications of Best Friends Animal Society

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. As Kristen Bell is to sloths, so Jon Dunn is to cats. Senior Specialist of Communications and Host of the Best Friends Podcast by Best Friends Animal Society, Jon just really loves cats. He joins Stacy for his first-ever podcast sitting in the guest chair and answers questions instead of asking them. Jon and Stacy talk about TNR and how the mindsets around community cats have evolved. They touch on reunification challenges faced by cats and current conversations about how and who is able to adopt. Jon offers some insight into what it takes to have a successful podcast and how BFAS, as an organization, embraced podcasting as a timely communication vehicle to launch its first episode in April of 2020. Listen and subscribe to Best Friends Podcast. You can also follow Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook, Instagramand YouTube. Quick Notes: Jon mentioned VeganGR.com, his Grand Rapids, Michigan guide to vegan life.  
12/14/202131 minutes, 48 seconds
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Chris Roy, Creator of Doobert.com & Host of The Animal Innovation Show Podcast

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. What started out as one man’s system to record and coordinate his own animal transport work has since transformed into an online software platform, custom-built for animal rescuers. Chris Roy and Stacy talk about the creation of Doobert.com and the recent re-build which added new modules and optimized it for mobile use. Chris and Stacy discuss his podcast, The Animal Innovations Show,  which explores innovations that are helping people to help animals. The podcast incorporates video, live stream, and IGTV to make it more interactive. While re-connecting, they examine barriers created by the “nonprofit mentality,” designing scale-able animal welfare programs, and using technology “for what it is good for.” Chris makes some predictions on what the next 3-5 years will look like for cats, based on the trends he’s seen as a result of COVID. Dive into the world of Doobert.com and subscribe to the Animal Innovations Show hosted by Chris Roy. You can also follow Doobert.com on Facebook, Instagram, and their Youtube channel. Quick Notes: The Animal Innovations Show has new episodes on Tuesday & Thursday night. To be a guest on The Animal Innovations Show, complete the application. Chris Roy referenced the crowd-funding platform for animal care, Waggle.org.  
12/7/202129 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dr. Jacquie Rand, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Australian Pet Welfare Foundation

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. Dr. Jaquie Rand is currently using research to tackle issues around community cats and the criminalization of Trap, Neuter, Release practices in Australia. After navigating significant resistance for over a year and a half, she was able to launch a research project to negate arguments about disease spread by cats, the impact of cat predation on native wildlife, and the benefits of sterilization. In the midst of COVID, data collection turned to neighborhood surveys which revealed paradigm-shifting data that challenged notions about the human element in the community cat equation. Stacy and Dr. Rand discuss barriers that are faced by cats' owners⸺especially those with limited financial resources⸺to access spay and neuter procedures. They chat about the value of research in finding possible solutions, prioritizing municipal support based on need, and educating stakeholders to make TNR a more viable option. To learn more, visit the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation’s website or email them at: [email protected]. To see the impact that Dr. Jacquie Rand’s work is making, follow the APWF’s Facebook, Instagram, or connect with them on Linked In.
11/30/202138 minutes, 19 seconds
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Steve Dale, Radio Host and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. A few notes played on a toy piano by his showstopping cat Ricky, changed Steve Dale’s understanding of cat behaviour, forever. Steve Dale began to “clicker train” Ricky the Devon Rex and the two became an inseparable duo. They continued to work together and began dispelling myths about what cats can be through public appearances and media spots. Steve discusses Ricky’s diagnosis of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and shares the legacy he created for Ricky by establishing the Ricky Fund for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Research. Stacy and Steve chat about Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) for community cats and benefits to the emotional and physical health of Fear Free™ practices. The Ricky Fund was established through Winn Feline Foundation, now Everycat.org and has raised over $200,000 for HCM research. Research from the Ricky Fund for HCM Research has produced a simple cheek-swab test to determine genetic predisposition for HCM and has been vital in understanding this disease. Steve recommends learning more by visiting fearfreehappyhomes.com, stevedale.tv, or following him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linked In and Twitter. *A brief note from the production team: this episode features a fantastic interview, lots of interesting information...and unfortunately, some slightly dodgy audio quality. Despite the audio glitch, we decided to share it because we found the content both fun and incredibly valuable. We hope you do as well. 
11/23/202131 minutes, 19 seconds
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Emily Hall, Founder & Owner of kittycatgo.com

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. Emily discovered the joy that adventuring brought to cats—and their people—when she and her husband took their own cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia outside for enrichment. From catio to stroller, to harness training, Emily and Stacy chat about the best steps to take when preparing your cat to go adventuring outside. Emily talks about pet tracking devices and which features she recommends especially for cats. For the holiday season, Emily offers tips on traveling with cats and adventure cat gift ideas. Adventure Challenge is a list of different tasks for human and cat adventure teams. Teams that complete the tasks are entered in a drawing to win a prize. To join the adventure, as well as find resources on how to bring your cat with you, visit Emily’s website and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
11/16/202122 minutes, 35 seconds
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Sarah Swanty, CAWA, Executive Director and Co-founder, Animal Friends Alliance

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. Seven years into her work in veterinary clinics and with animal welfare organizations, Sarah Swanty learned a fact that devastated her. Of any 10 cats that were admitted to the local shelter, only four would make it out. A 60% euthanasia rate for cats drove Sarah to co-found Fort Collins Cat Rescue in 2006 which merged with Animal House Rescue in 2020 to become Animal Friends Alliance. Stacy and Sarah discuss the highs and lows of starting a cat rescue, the necessity of adding a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, and the organic growth that lead to merging two organizations. Sarah outlines the impact that spay and neuter have had on adoption and transport programs at Animal Friends Alliance in relation to regional animal homelessness. To learn more about Animal Friends Alliance visit their website follow them on facebook and instagram, or call (970)484-8516.
11/9/202128 minutes, 52 seconds
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Special Episode! Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant & Author

In this special episode, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author, joins Stacy to discuss how Covid has changed cat behavioral concerns and her participation in the ARM & HAMMER™ Feline Generous program. This year, the program will host the ‘Unsung Heroes’ Awards which will recognize the most inspiring staff and volunteers at cat welfare organizations; those who have gone above and beyond to help “purrfectly impurrfect” shelter cats. Pam discusses how winners will be chosen in a variety of categories and details how $30,000 will be awarded to the winning shelters, plus each unsung hero will receive an award and a year’s supply of ARM & HAMMER™ cat litter. This program holds a special place in Pam’s heart as they serve the same kinds of cats she meets in her practice and who, in a shelter environment, are often hard to adopt to forever homes.  If you would like more information or would like to nominate an unsung hero, you may visit the Feline Generous website. To learn more about Pam Johnson-Bennett’s books and her practice, you may stop by her site at catbehaviorassociates.com.
11/7/202118 minutes, 55 seconds
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Dr. David Birse, HomeHeart Vets

This episode is sponsored in part by Humane Network and Doobert.com. Home Heart Vets was founded in 2017 by two cat-loving Veterinarians passionate about improving end-of-life care for cats in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Stacy and Dr. Birse discuss the emotional toll of practicing Veterinary medicine as well as the rewarding aspects of the profession, counseling owners in making end-of-life decisions for their pets, and advocacy around humane euthanasia. Dr. Birse outlines some common signs of end-of-life stages in cats across different conditions and illnesses. Resources about end-of-life and the decision-making surrounding it can be found on the HomeHeart website and they offer free consultation phone calls to help guide pet parents in the process. To learn more about Dr. Birse and HomeHeart Vets, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
11/2/202122 minutes, 16 seconds
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Alison Hunter Frederick, Cat Behavior Consultant and Trainer

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Beginning her life as a dog person, Allison talks about the value of using dog training methods to benefit cat behavior modification, and vice-versa. After losing her first companion cat in 2014, Allison focused on making cats lives better through behavior as a labor of love. Volunteering with Husker Cats changed Allison’s idea of a “feral” cat and inspired her passion for working with community and companion cats. Allison and Stacy chat about how environment, body language, and building a cat’s confidence are all factors that directly affect the emotional life of cats. Allison identifies cat aggression, due to miscommunication and fear, as a common issue that she works with. She tells Stacy,“I love the teaching aspect. I love seeing the people grow and love seeing the changes in the cats.” To learn more about cat behavior visit: Allison Helps Cats LLC. Follow her on Facebook and keep up with the life and times of Rainy, her therapy cat, on Instagram.
10/26/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DVA, DACVAA, DACVB, Professor Emeritus—Tufts University, Author, and Co-founder of the Center for Canine Behaviour Studies

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. If dogs and cats could choose a psychiatrist it would be Dr. Nicholas Dodman. With a drive for advocacy, a gift for research, and a never-say-quit treatment philosophy, it is no surprise that he is one of the world’s most noted veterinary behaviorists. Co-founder of the Center for Canine Behaviour Studies, Dr. Dodman describes himself as a “secret cat person,” as well. In this episode, Dr. Dodman and Stacy chat about enrichment for indoor cats and how clicker training with cats positively enhances their relationship with their people. Dr. Dodman takes us through behavioral conflicts that are common in cats and some that are uncommon—like separation anxiety.  He outlines how pharmaceutical solutions treat behavioral issues like territorial spraying, pica, and compulsive behavior (OCD) in cats. To learn more about Dr. Dodman’s current and previous work, visit the Center for Canine Behavior Studies online, and for feline-specific content visit  Cat’s Corner. Follow the CCBS on Facebook and Instagram.
10/19/202132 minutes, 44 seconds
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Dr. Kelly Diehl, D.V.M., Senior Director of Science and Communication of Morris Animal Foundation, Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist and Veterinary Journalist

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Dr. Kelly Diehl left private practice as a Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist to join the Morris Animal Foundation which funds research that benefits animals directly. Dr. Diehl and Stacy discuss the Happy, Healthy Cat campaign which continues to shape protocol around low-stress housing in shelters today. Dr. Diehl relates some surprising common ground uncovered in a study about bird people v. cat people and gives us a preview into an ongoing study that looks at the effects of chronic inflammation in feline behavior and cognitive health. To learn more, visit the Morris Animal Foundation website for information on studies, webinars, and videos. Find out about their FIP initiative and how the foundation determines which projects to fund. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
10/12/202129 minutes, 40 seconds
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Kristen Hassen, Maddie’s® American Pets Alive! Director overseeing Human Animal Support Services (HASS)

Kristen Hassen is the Maddie’s American Pets Alive! Director overseeing Human Animal Support Services (HASS) and serves as a board member of the National Animal Care & Control Association. Kristen describes HASS as the result of almost 1,000 animal welfare professionals coming together to recognize that the current animal services system is broken. Focusing on community-driven services as opposed to traditional shelter-driven services, HASS defines itself as a collaborative project to reimagine animal services to keep families together. In this episode Stacy and Kristen touch on how fostering benefits the physical and mental health of cats as opposed to the stress encountered in conventional shelter stays. They also discuss a surprising reaction to a recent statement issued by the National Animal Care & Control Association and how community cat programs create a more humane existence for animals, and animal control officers. To keep up with Kristen Hassen and all things Human Animal Support Services, follow HASS on Facebook and Instagram or learn more on their YouTube channel.
10/5/202128 minutes, 39 seconds
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Suzi Langer, Advocate for Specially Abled Animals

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Suzi Langer is a vet tech with a soft spot for specially-abled cats. Just a few hours into fostering her first cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), a neurological condition that affects balance and coordination, she was hooked. Now Suzi and her kitty, Bifford, are on a mission to educate people and advocate for cats with this non-progressive condition. Stacy and Suzi discuss muscle memory, busting stigmas around specially-abled pets, and the unexpected benefits of adopting a cat with CH. Suzi’s website provides resources and tools to make veterinary visits and everyday life more friendly for kitties with CH and their people. Get to know Suzi’s self-described “blended house of misfit toys,” including Bifford, on  Instagram, Facebook, or her website.
9/28/202125 minutes, 27 seconds
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Mandy Evans, Better Together Animal Alliance

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Mandy Evans has spent over a decade as the executive director of Better Together Animal Alliance—formerly Panhandle Animal Shelter—in Ponderay, Idaho, and hosts the podcast People are animals too, Darnit! When Better Together experienced an increase in owner surrenders, the Home to Home program was born. As a result the shelter saw an astounding 33% decrease in owner surrenders and Mandy knew it was something that needed to be shared with other shelters. In this episode, Stacy and Mandy discuss big programming changes that shift perspectives on traditional sheltering mindsets. Mandy also shares tips on executive director longevity, creating a board of directors that doesn’t favor fear, and the future of sheltering as she sees it. Hear more from Mandy Evans on her podcast, People are animals too, Darnit! Find out about the Home to Home program by visiting their website. Check out the Better Together Animal Alliance Website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see what they develop next.
9/21/202132 minutes, 55 seconds
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Hannah Senser, Ruff Start Rescue

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Hannah Senser is the cat foster manager for Ruff Start Rescue. RSR is a foster-based rescue with a network of 1,000 active foster homes instead of a brick-and-mortar shelter. Overseeing up to 300 cats/kittens and their foster families across the state of Minnesota, Hannah tells us it is vital that she can “manage a mean spreadsheet.” Stacy and Hannah discuss empowering fosters, removing barriers faced by adopters, the challenges of working in a rural community, and the impact of COVID-19 on Ruff Start Rescue’s fostering and adoption programs. Learn more about Ruff Start Rescue at their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
9/14/202129 minutes, 36 seconds
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Caron Tuttle, Atascosa Animal Allies

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. In 2017, Caron Tuttle answered a call for fostering help from a local rescue group in Pleasanton, Texas. Intending to foster one kitten, Caron left the shelter that day with five very sick kittens and one mama cat. Shortly thereafter, she and four friends founded Atascosa Animal Allies. Atascosa Animal Allies has since grown to provide a robust TNR program and a subsidized monthly spay and neuter clinic for community-owned pets. Stacy and Caron discuss the importance of sterilization in community cat populations and the value of inviting the community to take an active part in the process. To find out more about Atascosa Animal Allies, visit their website. You can also connect with them via email or follow them on Facebook.
9/7/202122 minutes, 50 seconds
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Michelle Major, Author

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Michelle Major is a USA Today best-selling author of romance novels. She is passionate about animals and fosters kittens and promotes her local shelter in her free time. Her newest book, The Last Carolina Sister, the third book in the Magnolia Sisters trilogy, has a focus on animal sheltering as the protagonist, Meredith, runs an animal shelter.  Stacy and Michelle talk about bringing the challenges of working in animal welfare into a pop culture setting like a novel, how Michelle uses her platform to promote animal welfare, and her tips for building a social media following.  You can buy The Last Carolina Sister on Michelle’s website, and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagramto keep up with author news as well as pet and foster news. [divider height="10" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"]
8/31/202124 minutes, 9 seconds
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Sanja Massey, Sylvester AI

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. We all know cats are great at hiding pain, but what if there was a way to monitor your cat’s pain just by taking a photo of her face? That is the goal of Sylvester AI’s new app Tably. Today Stacy is talking with Sanja Massey of Sylvester AI about the app and the implications for cat health as it continues developing. The Tably app uses the Feline Grimace Scale, a medical study that identified 5 facial cues that indicate whether a cat is in pain. The app reads those cues from a photo. Sanja shares some success stories from the app’s development and how the app can be used by veterinary clinics to monitor how a cat is doing after a surgery or treatment. You can find them in the app store as Tably, online on the Sylvester AI website, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
8/24/202122 minutes, 18 seconds
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Basel Nassar, Creator of Boss Nation Brands

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Basel Nassar is an entrepreneur with many years of experience creating products designed to boost human digestive health. He has recently made the switch to pet digestive health with his company Boss Nation Brands. Boss Nation creates raw pet foods that act as full nutritional meals, as well as treats full of healthy supplements. Boss Nation also has a charity platform called Boss Cares which partners with local charities to support different initiatives such as TNR, animal training, and adoption. Stacy and Basel discuss the best ways to transition your pet to raw foods and the health benefits he’s seen in his own pets. Basel also shares his best advice for entrepreneurs and how to cultivate the right team by developing and training people who have the right attitude, instead of trying to hire the perfect candidate. To find out more about Boss Nation’s pet foods, visit their website.
8/17/202124 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rick DuCharme, Founder of RLD Consulting LLC

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Rick DuCharme has worked for many years as a no-kill advocate, working on the Mayor’s Task Force for Animal Control, founding First Coast No More Homeless Pets, and now founding RLD Consulting LLC, which works to help organizations working to save animals. Rick specializes in access to veterinary care, spay/neuter clinics, nonprofit startups, and more. Stacy and Rick discuss his journey from the business space to the nonprofit world, trends in animal welfare as a result of COVID-19, the vet shortage and how to use vets more efficiently, as well as ahow to retain vets already working in nonprofit, working together with groups across the welfare space, and advice for nonprofits starting up. They also chat about Rick’s work with Dr. Micheal Blackwell from the University of Tennessee and what they’re doing to help provide access to veterinary care to low income pet owners. To learn more about RLD Consulting LLC, visit their website or contact Rick directly by email. Rick has been on the show before, listen to Episode 46 here.
8/10/202129 minutes, 30 seconds
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Lisa Wysocki, Co-director Fido Fixers

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Lisa got involved in animal welfare through volunteering at shelters. She first began transporting animals from high-kill areas in the south, but then shifted her focus to the root of the problem: access to spay and neuter services. From that was born Fido Fixers, a nonprofit providing low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats with mobile clinics in underserved areas. With their seven mobile clinics, they partner with local groups which operate the clinic and provide the vet. Stacy and Lisa talk about the logistics of working with local groups, the vet shortage, and how the spay/neuter clinics can expand to cover wellness, vaccines, and microchips as well. Learn more about Fido Fixers on their website, though to contact them, use their email. You can also find them on Facebook.
8/3/202126 minutes, 10 seconds
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Christi Metropole, Founder of Stray Cat Alliance

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Christi Metropole, founder of the Stray Cat Alliance shares with Stacy how she got started with TNR in the 90s and how trapping her first cat at her apartment complex gradually blossomed into a movement. They chat about how cats have historically been left out of the animal movement, The Stray Cat Alliance provides trapping education, trap depots, help for spay/neuter surgeries, advocacy, help and education around unweaned kittens, and empowers community members to make the world better for cats. Stacy and Christi also talk about the history of TNR in Los Angeles and the barriers to TNR that the Stray Cat Alliance and other organizations have worked hard to overcome. To learn more about the Stray Cat Alliance, to find resource, or to join one of their trainings, go to their website.
7/27/202129 minutes, 53 seconds
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Becky Mossor, Registered Vet Tech, Executive Director Human Animal Bond Association

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Becky Mossor is a registered veterinary technician and the executive director of the Human Animal Bond Association. She and Stacy talk about the differences between certified vet techs, on the job trained veterinary assistants, the challenges veterinarians have been facing during COVID, and ideas to better address the shortage of vets. Stacy and Becky also talk about the importance of the human-animal bond, which is at the core of the Human Animal Bond Association. The association brings together pet professionals and pet parents to elevate and educate on the benefits of the human-animal bond, to support research on this topic, and to offer resources and support to veterinarians, pet parents, and communities. To find out more, visit the Human Animal Bond Association website. You can find Becky on Instagram and you can listen to her podcast Making Sense of Pets wherever you get your podcasts.
7/20/202125 minutes, 9 seconds
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Michelle Fern, Host of Podcast Cattitude

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. This week the script is flipped and Stacy is the one being interviewed by Michelle Fern, who hosts the podcast Cattitude on Pet Life Radio. They chat about how Stacy got her start in animal welfare and the origins of the Community Cats Podcast, what they’ve both seen in animal welfare during COVID-19, how TNR is a grassroots movement, the veterinary shortage in the US, and more. Michelle also shares a little about her background and how she got started with Pet Life Radio and the two shows she hosts, Cattitude and Best Bets for Pets, and her hopes for the future of animal welfare in the US. You can find Cattitude here and listen to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform.
7/13/202140 minutes, 17 seconds
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Chloe DiVita and Jessica Shipman, Co-founders of All Pet Voices

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. This week Stacy interviews Chloe DiVita and Jessica Shipman, co-founders of All Pet Voices, a pet-focused media company that creates content for pet lovers in partnership with pet experts and brands. Their mission is to collaborate with other pet industry experts and bring people together to inspire, innovate, and take ideas to the next level. Stacy, Chloe, and Jessica discuss how they help small businesses and nonprofits share their story in a way that helps them connect with their audience, the best ways to grow that audience, and some of the best tech tools for staying organized. You can find out more about All Pet Voices on their website and join their Facebook group BlogPaws Community for tools and resources for nonprofits and small businesses.
7/6/202132 minutes, 31 seconds
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Juli Cialone and Marla Valentine, Rock N’ Rescue

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Juli Cialone and Marla Valentine of Rock N’ Rescue chat with Stacy this week about their unique approach to cat rescue. Juli is the co-founder and executive director of Rock N’ Rescue with a background in professional photography. Marla is a social worker in long term care with over 25 years of experience. Rock N’ Rescue, located in South Salem, NY, partners with shelters to match cats’ temperaments to their adopters with a focus on placing animals into homes where there is a therapeutic need. They have a strong support system for adopters, resulting in low rates of return. They also do a lot of community outreach with Girl Scouts, high schools and middle schools, as well as bringing kittens to local nursing homes and assisting with occupational therapy. To find out more about Rock N’ Rescue, visit their website. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.
6/29/202125 minutes, 27 seconds
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Andee Bingham, Founder of Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. This week’s guest is Andee Bingham, founder of Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance in North Carolina. Andee noticed a need for a more specialized organization that could focus on neonates and support shelters that weren’t equipped to care for them. Then she realized she was someone who could start that organization and Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance was born. Her program has a team of highly trained fosters and they work to support shelters by filling the gaps shelters have in neonatal kitten care, as well as helping shelters to build up their own program and foster network. Andee and Stacy chat about different kinds of fosters and how people find the kinds of kittens they’re passionate about, what to do if you find a kitten outdoors, and Andee gives out some advice for those starting and running nonprofit organizations. You can find Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance on their website, and on Facebook and Instagram.
6/22/202123 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rita Reimers, Feline Behavior Consultant and Podcast Host

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. In this episode, Stacy talks to Rita Reimers, a cat behavior consultant, writer, and podcast host. Rita writes a column for Catster Magazine and the Litter Genie website, and hosts the Pet Life Radio show 19 Cats and Counting with Linda Hall. She is also a cat rescue volunteer and cat owner (sharing her home with 19 cats!). Stacy and Rita discuss common behavior issues such as litter box problems and how to introduce new cats into your household. They also touch on the differing mentalities around spay/neuter and letting your cat outside that exist around the country, the importance of targeting owned cats as well as community cats with spay/neuter programs, and the problems surrounding owner surrenders. You can find out more about Rita on her website, and you can listen to her podcast here. To read her column and join a community of cat lovers, subscribe to Catster Magazine.
6/15/202124 minutes, 3 seconds
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Special Rebroadcast - Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and Author

Originally broadcast as a special episode for National Cat Day, in this episode, we celebrate by talking with Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author. Pam and Stacy discuss how Pam started her career and why we need to "think like a cat," as well as her latest project with ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter's "Purrfectly Impurrfect" campaign. The campaign is kicking off on National Cat Day to shed light on cats who may be passed by for adoption because of their age, appearance, or misunderstood personality. From October 29–November 30, anyone can nominate a "purrfectly impurrfect" shelter cat.   Pam and two other cat experts will be selecting three winners, and each winning shelter will receive $10,000 from ARM & HAMMER Cat LItter, plus Pam's counseling services. Pam tells us not to wait to nominate a purrfectly impurrfect cat, as the first 100 nominations will receive $100 worth of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter! And she also reminds us that if you can't adopt, you can still help spread the word. When it comes to helping community cats, everything we do matters. Happy National Cat Day!    To learn more and to nominate a purrfectly impurrfect shelter cat, go to felinegenerousstories.com and use #FelineGenerous #Contest to follow the conversation.
6/8/202120 minutes, 38 seconds
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Daralyn Kelleher, YouTuber and Amateur Woodworker

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Daralyn Kelleher is an LA-based YouTuber who turned to furniture making during quarantine, documenting the process on her YouTube Channel. Stacy and Daralyn chat about Daralyn’s cat-themed, mid-century modern furniture, the possibility of venturing into making tiny furniture for cats, and making shelters for feral cats. Daralyn is also a trapper and cat colony caretaker. She shares about the difficulties of getting used to trapping, especially when the cats react poorly to being trapped. You can find Daralyn on her YouTube Channel or on her Instagram or Twitter.
6/1/202121 minutes, 40 seconds
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Anita Kelsey, Cat Behaviorist

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. Anita Kelsey is London’s only accredited cat behaviourist (BA Hons, MCFBA, CIDBT) after studying feline psychology and behaviour with renowned cat expert and biologist Roger Tabor and achieving a first class honours degree at Middlesex University based on her work practice. Anita is also qualified as a master cat groomer has a long list of regular mobile cat grooming clients in and around London. Anita is the author of two books, Claws: Confessions of a Cat Groomer and her newest book Let’s Talk About Cats, which we reviewed in our last book review blog. Stacy and Anita talk about some of Anita’s favorite interviews with cat professionals in Let’s Talk About Cats and the varying perceptions about cats around the world. You can find out more about Anita and get the books on her website. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
5/25/202125 minutes, 5 seconds
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Reagan Pasternak, Author of Griffin’s Heart: Mourning Your Pet with No Apologies

This episode is sponsored in part by Smalls Fresh Cat Food and Doobert.com. This week’s guest is Canadian actress, singer, and writer Reagan Pasternak. Reagan is the author of Griffin’s Heart: Mourning Your Pet with No Apologies. An avid animal lover, Reagan works with several rescue groups based in L. A. The book Griffin’s Heart came about when Reagan was mourning the loss of her cat Griffin. The loss of a pet is often not treated the same way as the loss of a human in your life, but the grief is very much the same. Reagan’s book is a memoir, a healing journal, a grief guide, and a keepsake for helping you work through mourning a pet and to help you remember the wonderful things about your life together.  Stacy and Reagan touch on compassion fatigue in the animal welfare industry and the importance of community building as a way to validate feelings of grief.  To find out more about Reagan, visit her website. To buy the book, visit Griffin’s Heart website. You can join her community on Instagram. 
5/18/202121 minutes, 35 seconds
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Carol Novello, Founder of Mutual Rescue

This episode is sponsored in part by CDE Cages and Doobert.com. This week Stacy talks to Carol Novello, founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative that highlights the power of human-animal relationships. She is also the author of Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too. Carol worked in corporate America before transitioning to the nonprofit space, where she spent  a decade as the president of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. She is a recipient of the Maddie Hero Award and a member of the board of directors of Cuddly. Mutual Rescue was born of the idea that helping animals helps people. They created films that showcase stories of people who were saved by their rescued animal and published a book that combines those stories with the science behind the human animal bond. Now Mutual Rescue is working on creating programs in collaboration with local shelters and rescues that can provide tools and messaging that can be used by organizations all over the country and collaborating with corporate sponsors to provide national funding to local organizations. Stacy and Carol chat about what expertise in business and leadership Carol brought from her corporate jobs into the nonprofit world, how to create a culture of philanthropy, and how COVID-19 is affecting operations. To find out more about Mutual Rescue, to watch some of their inspiring videos, or to find their book, visit their website(Carol recommends the film on Josh and Scout for cat lovers).
5/11/202126 minutes, 57 seconds
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Special Episode! Care Dare

Find out all the details about Care Dare, taking place this May, in this special episode! CARE will be sponsoring the first ever CARE DARE Community Cat Challenge. Sterling the TrapKing will set a record for the most cats trapped in 24 hours by a single person! Our Goal is to set a record, help spay and neuter as many community cats in Atlanta during Kitten Season, and educate more people on the benefits or TNR while having diverse representation. To learn more visit https://careawo.org/care-dare/ and cheer Sterling on!
5/7/202123 minutes, 25 seconds
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Deborah Cribbs, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Joanie Bernard Foundation & The Ten movement

This episode is sponsored in part by Kitty Sift and Doobert.com. Deborah Cribbs, a banker by trade, is the chair of the board of trustees for Joanie Bernard Foundation and the Ten movement, which works in the greater Cincinnati area to help achieve a no-kill community for cats. The foundation’s ad campaigns featuring Scooter the Neutered Cat have helped increase awareness and engagement in the community about spay and neuter and community cats. The work of the foundation has helped improve the live release rate in Cincinnati shelters from just 37% to over 96%. Deborah and Stacy talk about how Deborah came to the animal welfare industry through the mission to spend the foundation’s money wisely. They discuss how to target impactful spending that drives change in the community, and how to engage the public, giving them ownership of the problems in the community. Deborah shares how with a focus on spay/neuter and community cats, their ad campaigns have been able to drive community members to action. For more information on the Joanie Bernard Foundation, visit their website, and for information on the Mild Kingdom campaign and for resources on tnr, go to the Ten movement’s website.
5/4/202126 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rachel Herman, Founder and Executive Director, PAWS (NY)

This episode is sponsored in part by CDE Cages and Doobert.com. This week Stacy talks to Rachel Herman, founder and executive director of PAWS (NY). Rachel has worked in development with the ASPCA before she transitioned to working with PAWS (NY) full time. PAWS (NY), or Pets Are Wonderful Support New York was founded in 2009 to meet the need for support for people who have physical and financial barriers to caring for their pets in New York City. Their goal is to provide services that help keep pets in their homes including vet care, dog walking and litter box maintenance, a pet food pantry, and more. They partner with other organizations in the community that serve the same demographic to help provide comprehensive care. Stacy and Rachel discuss fundraising and how COVID-19 has affected the work of PAWS (NY). You can find PAWS NY on their website and on Facebook and Instagram.
4/27/202126 minutes, 2 seconds
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Danielle Bays, Senior Analyst for Cat Protection & Policy, HSUS

This episode is sponsored in part by CDE Cages and Doobert.com. Can you believe it’s our 400th episode? This week we have a very special episode with Danielle Bays. You might remember Danielle from previous episodes or from her presentation at the 2021 Online Cat Conference. Danielle is a senior analyst for cat protection and policy at the Humane Society of the United States. She has more than 20 years experience in animal advocacy and she uses this expertise to advocate for community cat programs. Stacy and Danielle talk cat policy in Los Angeles where a citywide community cat program has finally passed, Alaska where a wildlife regulation prevents cats from being released into the wild, New Jersey which has passed the Compassion for Community Cats Act, and various states where declawing bans are in the works. They also discuss the Animal Care Expo, which begins tomorrow. To find out about local policy issues in your state, you can contact your HSUS state director, or you can contact Danielle directly. For more info about the Animal Care Expo, visit their website.
4/20/202124 minutes, 56 seconds
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Dawn White, author of Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat

This episode is sponsored in part by TICA and Doobert.com. Dawn White works as a behavioral psychologist and a massage therapist, but you might be more familiar with her work with Lola the Rescued Cat. Dawn runs the Lola the Rescued Cat Blog and is the author of Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat. Dawn is also a contributing writer for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive program, Chewy.com, Pet Radio Magazine, the Contemporary Pet, and more. Dawn shares with us Lola’s rescue story and how it gained momentum on social media, leading to the blog and published book, as well as becoming a platform to raise awareness about adoption and raise money for shelters and rescues. Lola has also been featured in Heroic, Helpful and Caring: Felines Who Make a Difference by Anne Beall, a book about how cats touch our lives. Stacy and Dawn also discuss Dawn’s partners in the The Jackson Galaxy Project Cat Pawsitive program, Catnip Nation, and the Cat Writers Association. She shares tips for writing about animals, advocacy for adoption and community cats, and how to manage social media. You can find out more about Lola on her blog or on Facebook, and you can buy Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat on Amazon, or wherever books are sold.
4/13/202119 minutes, 59 seconds
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Michelle Adams, Founder of Chatty Cats Care

This episode is sponsored in part by TICA and Doobert.com. Today’s guest comes to us all the way from the United Kingdom. Stacy chats with Michelle Adams, founder of Chatty Cats Care, a cat sitting company based in London. Michelle specialises in caring for disabled pets, is passionate about rescuing cats, and shares her home with senior cat, Jerry.  Michelle shares with Stacy how during the pandemic lockdowns, her cat sitting business has adapted by adding a podcast, Catmaste Chronicles, and how that has led to her latest business venture: selling eco friendly products like cat-themed beeswax wraps. Not only do Michelle’s products support sustainable living, but she’s also donating 30% of her profits to Feline Friends International, a charity rescuing and helping community cats all over the world. To learn more about Chatty Cats Care or to listen to the Catmaste Chronicles podcast, visit their website. You can also find Chatty Cats Care on Instagram, and Facebook.
4/6/202124 minutes, 5 seconds
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Gary Evans, Clinic Director for the Humane Society of Huron Valley

This episode is sponsored in part by CDE Cages and Doobert.com. Stacy’s guest this week, Gary Evans, works as the Clinic Director for the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), where he previously worked as a “cat wrangler” or Community Cat Coordinator. Before coming to the world of animal welfare, Gary worked in the entrepreneurial space with tech startups. HSHV is a high volume spay/neuter and full-service vet clinic, and adoption shelter. They have been working as the leading provider of TNR in Michigan for over a decade and have helped about 16,000 outdoor cats. Gary and Stacy talk about how Gary has been able to use his background to help scale up the number of cats HSHV helps, including finding better ways to use resources, mobilize volunteers, and provide tools and education to the community. While COVID-19 has slowed them down some, they’re still working toward their goal to make Washtenaw County the best place in the country to be an animal. To find out more about HSHV and to find resources on community cats, visit their website.
3/30/202125 minutes, 29 seconds
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Peter Elueze, Founder of Paw Salvation

This episode is sponsored in part by TICA and Doobert.com. This week, an inspiring chat with Peter Elueze, founder of Paw Salvation, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps homeless people, veterans, and seniors care for their pets. Paw Salvation was founded 3 years ago and has been growing steadily, supporting those who need it by providing pet food. Stacy and Peter talk about the human-animal bond, the need for including pets when providing housing and writing policy for homeless people, how COVID-19 has affected homeless people, advice for starting a nonprofit, and finding blessings in unexpected places. Peter also shares his plans for a mobile grooming and wellness van and his hopes to be able to include flea treatment and microchipping in the future. To help Paw Salvation in their mission, donate or follow them on Instagram or Facebook. To find out more, visit Paw Salvation’s website.
3/23/202124 minutes
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Mariah McCulley - Director of Operations at Animal Friends Alliance

This episode is sponsored in part by TICA and Doobert.com.  Stacy chats with Mariah McCulley, Director of Operations at Animal Friends Alliance, a limited admission, adoption guarantee shelter for cats and dogs in Fort Collins, CO. Mariah has experience with TNR, high volume spay and neuter clinics, adoption, and, her passion, fostering feral kittens. Animal Friends Alliance has a strong focus on providing community resources to keep animals in their homes. They provide subsidized cost spay/neuter, a kibble supply program, and a community cat program. Their work with TNR has seen success in reducing the volume of cats in Fort Collins and has now expanded to cover a wider range around Northern Colorado and into Wyoming and Nebraska. Mariah’s passion is fostering feral kittens and she shares with Stacy some tips for successful feral fostering and how organizations can support their fosters and adopters. Some of her tips include separating feral kittens from their littermates and using play as a tool for giving confidence to kittens. She also notes it’s important to prepare and support both fosters and adopters for potentially less socialized kittens, encouraging fosters to view the kittens through the lens of an adopter and making sure to be honest with adopters about what to expect. If you have questions for Mariah, you can reach her at [email protected]. You can find out more about Animal Friends Alliance on their website.
3/16/202128 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bridget Bowhay - Director of Content and Social Media at Cuddly

This episode is sponsored in part by TICA and Doobert.com.  This week’s guest is Bridget Bowhay, Director of Content and Social Media for Cuddly, a fundraising platform that supports animal rescues. Bridget is also an avid cat lover and kitten foster. Founded in 2014, Cuddly is a crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping nonprofit shelters and rescues achieve their fundraising goals. Their specific approach matches donors to specific animals, helping to provide medicine or supplies. Cuddly does not charge shelters for their services, but donors are able to tip Cuddly at check out. Cuddly has more than 2100 partner rescues and they have raised $20 million since their inception. Bridget and Stacy also chat about the podcast, From Tip to Tail, that Bridget runs for Cuddly, which features different animal rescue organizations. Visit Cuddly’s website to donate or to register your nonprofit shelter or rescue. To listen to the From Tip to Tail Podcast, you can visit the podcast main page, or find them on Apple Podcasts. The episode Bridget mentions on the Little Lion Foundation can be found here.
3/9/202121 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dr. Aysha Akhtar – Author & Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

This episode is sponsored in part by KittySift and Doobert.com. Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine specialist, with a background in public health, and is a U.S veteran. For a decade, Dr. Akhtar was a Medical Officer at the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She is the author of the two books, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies and Animals and Public Health, which argues for the need for health institutions to include animals as part of the “public” in public health. Dr. Akhtar is also the founder and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences. Stacy and Dr. Akhtar discuss the importance of empathy in our society and how stopping infectious diseases, halting climate change, improving medical care, and decreasing violent crime are all connected to our empathy for animals. Increasing empathy for all animals increases our own wellbeing, which means that caring for community cats is caring for the community as a whole, and that public health models that support animals as well as people are essential to healthy communities. Dr. Akhtar also tells Stacy about her new nonprofit, founded in May of 2020, called the Center for Contemporary Sciences. The Center for Contemporary Sciences aims to end experimental testing on animals, and create a shift toward new testing methods based on human biology. Studies have found that 95% of drugs and vaccines safe and effective in animals fail in human trials. Dr. Akhtar believes the Center for Contemporary Sciences has the potential to help end cruelty to animals in the scientific setting, as well as give us a better understanding of the diseases that affect human biology. To find out more head over to the Center of Contemporary Sciences website. If you’re interested in buying Dr. Akhtar’s books, you can find links on her website. We recently reviewed Dr. Akhtar’s book, Our Symphony With Animals, on our blog.
3/2/202125 minutes, 42 seconds
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Steve Appelbaum, Creator of Animal Behavior College

This episode is sponsored in part by Tamadori and Doobert.com. Steve Appelbaum has more than 40 years of dog training and pet industry experience. He is the creator of Animal Behavior College (ABC) which provides many different pet industry certifications. ABC started off with only programs for dog training but Steve noticed a big problem with cats being surrendered or euthanized for treatable behavioral problems, so he set out to fix this problem. Steve and Stacy debunk the myth that cats can’t be trained and discuss how training cats isn’t about teaching obedience like it is for dogs, but actually treating behavioral problems. Steve gives some  tips on how to train your cat for going to the vet and shares how enrichment and training go hand in hand. We in the animal welfare community know there is a shortage of veterinary assistants and veterinarians; Stacy and Steve talk about how ABC’s veterinary assistant program is their most popular program and they expect to have 2200 students enrolled in the next year. You can find Stacy’s niece and her adventure cat on Instagram @lily.lebaron. To find out more about Animal Behavior College or to register for a course, visit their website or call 800-795-3294.
2/23/202129 minutes, 54 seconds
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Maura Thomas - Empowered Productivity™ System

This episode is sponsored in part by Tamadori and Doobert.com. Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker, trainer, and author on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. Maura has trained thousands of individuals at hundreds of organizations on her proprietary Empowered Productivity™ System, a process for achieving significant results and living a life of choice. She is a TEDx speaker, successful entrepreneur, and author of Personal Productivity Secrets and Work Without Walls. In this episode, Stacy and Maura talk tips for working remotely including managing attention, email best practices, guidelines for using different communication tools and apps, and how leaders can create a healthy and efficient culture at work. They also chat about Maura’s book Work Without Walls, which takes her previous book on personal productivity a step farther, helping leaders and managers create a productive environment for whole teams and organizations. Maura also has a series of bite-sized books coming out over the next year or two whose goal is to “spark impact in just one hour.” These will be short reads, giving specific information in an hour or less, and they will break her Empowered Productivity™ System into individual components. To find out more, get free resources, or buy her books you can visit Maura’s website. To get access to Maura’s on-demand training on empowered productivity, visit this website and use code SNEAKPEEK for a discount.
2/16/202132 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sam Wilson - Program Director, Iowa Humane Alliance

This episode is sponsored in part by TICA and Doobert.com. You might remember Sam Wilson, who spoke at our Online Cat Conference in January. Sam is the Program Director at Iowa Humane Alliance, a high volume spay/neuter clinic, where she manages and develops outreach programs like the Iowa Trap-Neuter-Return Resource and Assistance Program (I-TRAP). Stacy and Sam discuss how a passion for community cats and affordable spay/neuter services led Sam to Iowa Humane Alliance, how COVID has shifted their procedures, how many cities in Iowa are passing community cat friendly ordinances to support TNR and community cats and their caretakers. They touch on mentorship programs that help spay/neuter clinics get started, and the partnerships they have with community cat organizations, shelters, and rescues. The Iowa Trap-Neuter-Return Resource and Assistance Program helps to support TNR in the community by providing trap rentals, spay/neuter and vaccination packages, as well as training and education. To find out more visit their website or call (319) 363-1225. To reach Sam directly, you can email her at [email protected].
2/9/202129 minutes, 1 second
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James Evans - President, CARE

This episode is sponsored in part by KittySift and Doobert.com. This week Stacy talks to James Evans, president of CARE and multi-award winning creative strategist and leader with 25+ years of experience connecting organizations with their constituents. He has worked on numerous animal welfare projects including Gulf Spay/Neuter Campaign and HSUS’ Pets for Life,  Outdoor Cats Research, Stop Puppy Mills and Spayathon, as well as Best Friends Animal Society’s Outreach Action Team, Maddie’s Fund, and SPCA of Texas’ Let’s Fix This Campaign. Throughout his work, he has always advocated for more diversity and inclusion throughout the field. James shares how he came to animal welfare organically, marrying his passions for art, mass communications, and animals, and how he discovered animal welfare was an area lacking in services for underserved communities. Stacy and James discuss how to build sustainable community development and what marginalized people bring to the table when they’re included. CARE, of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity, is dedicated to saving companion animals through bringing more diversity into the animal welfare industry. CARE hopes to partner with passionate individuals in communities to create CARE Centers, which will help connect people in underserved communities with services from vets and shelters. Ultimately CARE will provide both needed services as well as jobs for communities. To find out more about CARE, visit their website.
2/2/202126 minutes, 43 seconds
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Nathan the Cat Lady, Tabby Dates

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com. You might already know Nathan Khen from Instagram or Tik Tok, where he is known as @nathanthecatlady. Today Stacy talks to Nathan about cats (of course), building a following on social media platforms, reaching younger audience, balancing social media and mental health, the effects of COVID-19 on the world of cat rescuing, and dating as a cat person. Nathan is an actor, cat lover, volunteer with Milo’s Sanctuary and the Cat Cafe Lounge, and a spokesperson for Tabby Dates, a new dating app for cat lovers. Studies have shown that men who pose with cats in their profile pictures on dating apps are less likely to get a match. Tabby Dates eliminates that problem, as well as all negative stereotypes related to cat people, since everyone on the app is a cat person. To find out more about Tabby Dates, visit their website or download the app from the Appstore. You can find Nathan on Instagram, Tik Tok @nathanthecatlady, Twitter, and Youtube.
1/26/202123 minutes, 58 seconds
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Allen Kamrava, Eusoh

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com. Our guest this week, Allen Kamrava, has an impressive and widely varied resume focused on both business and medicine. Dr. Kamrava is a colorectal and general surgeon and the founder and CEO of Eusoh, a powerful platform working to change the insurance industry by helping pet owners afford their vet bills. Eusoh is an online community of pet lovers committed to helping each other with unexpected vet bills. It is an alternative to pet insurance, which Dr. Kamrava notes, only about 1% of pet owners have, though 67% of Americans have a pet in their household. Stacy and Dr Kamrava talk about how Eusoh is committed to creating a more transparent and efficient system, reducing economic euthanasia, and building partnerships with employers to offer Eusoh memberships to employees in benefit or perks packages. To find out more, or to get signed up, visit Eusoh’s website.
1/19/202125 minutes, 58 seconds
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Mikaela Fleisher, PennyFix

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com. Mikaela Fleisher is the secretary for a nonprofit spay and neuter organization called PennyFix. She has been involved in animal rescue since 2009, volunteering with various organizations as well as working as a receptionist at a busy animal hospital. Stacy and Mikaela discuss PennyFix, an organization founded in 2017 whose goal is to partner with pet food companies to add one penny to the cost of each can or bag of pet food sold to fund spay and neuter as well as rabies and distemper vaccines. This would help to take the burden of federal and local governments to help fund spay and neuter. The organization is still young but so far PennyFix has funded 15 clinics in 11 states and they hope to grow to cover the whole United States. This episode also delves into identifying areas of greatest need for spay and neuter services, the shortage of funding for those services, and the growing trend of animal shelters with food pantries partnering with human food pantries to make sure people are able to feed their pets during the hardships of COVID-19. To find out more, visit PennyFix’s website. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
1/12/202122 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dr. Michael Blackwell, Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity, University of Tennessee

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and KittySift. Our guest this week has a very impressive bio. Dr. Michael Blackwell had a doctorate of veterinary science as well as a masters in public health. He directs the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee, chairs the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, and serves as a member of the HSVMA Board of Directors. In the past he has served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee, the chief of staff at the Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S., the deputy director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration, and the chief veterinary officer of the U.S. Public Health Service and The Humane Society of the United States. During 23 years of active duty, he achieved the rank of Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He has owned two private practices and has received numerous awards and recognitions. Dr. Blackwell chats with Stacy about how veterinary practice and public health can work together to provide a fuller picture of how animals and people are intertwined. Dr. Blackwell’s mission is to increase access to veterinary care to families with limited means. He bases his work on the “One Health” paradigm which works to address the needs of people, their pets, and their ecosystem holistically. He has launched Align Care, a conceptual healthcare system that works from this principle and provides for families that have both human and animal members. Stacy and Dr. Blackwell talk the billion dollar question of funding and how community cats and spay/neuter initiatives fit into the future of Dr. Blackwell’s work. To find out more about Align Care and the Program for Pet Health Equity, visit their website.
1/5/202125 minutes, 15 seconds
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Best of 2020 - Holly Ganz, Animal Biome

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com's FosterSpace. In this episode, Stacy chats with Holly Ganz, Ph.D., a micro-ecologist who studies how microbes and mammals interact, with a specific interest in the role that the gut microbiome plays in gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in cats and dogs. In 2015, Holly founded Animal Biome to create better diagnostics and therapeutics for cats and dogs with GI conditions. She and Stacy discuss how she became interested in this field, and the Kitty Biome Kickstarter that began the whole thing. They review what the term gut microbiome means and how all this relates to animal welfare work. Today, Animal Biome offers microbiome testing and fecal transplant capsules for dogs and cats that can be given at home. Holly explains what a fecal transplant is, how it works, and what conditions it can be helpful for, and she discusses what’s ahead for Animal Biome. To learn more, visit the Animal Biome website, where you can find all of their products, as well as a new article on a potential cure for FIP. You can also read a reporter’s chronicle of using Animal Biome’s fecal transplant capsules in his cat with GI lymphoma.
12/29/202021 minutes, 6 seconds
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Best of 2020 - Dr. Bob Weedon, TLC PetSnip & Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs

In this information-packed episode, Stacy sits down with Dr. Bob Weedon, a retired veterinarian who is still going strong as a volunteer at the TLC PetSnip low-cost clinic in Lakeland, FL, a board member of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs (ACC&D), and in other volunteer posts. Bob worked in private practice and also spent many years teaching in the shelter medicine program at the University of Illinois, including teaching high-quality high-volume spay/neuter techniques to veterinary students. He also holds a Master’s degree in public health. Along the way, he also became involved in TNR. “I just recognized there was such a need,” he says, “and that I had the tools that… could address that need.” Stacy and Bob discuss why the “V” in trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) is so crucial, both for the cats and for proving the value of TNVR programs to community leaders and officials. He discusses the concept of herd immunity in relation to rabies, and also goes into great detail about cats and toxoplasmosis—including how to talk with public health officials about it. Bob also discusses his work with ACC&D and with the National Feline Research Council (NFRC–an “unbiased central repository of evidence-based information”). He tells Stacy how gratifying it is to be able to provide vet care to folks who can’t afford it, and how his own views have changed over the years from feeling like low-income pet owners shouldn’t have pets at all to realize how important pets can be to those folks’ mental health and well-being. To learn more about the organizations Dr. Weedon volunteers for, visit the ACC&D website, the NFRC website, and the TLC PetSnip website. You can also check out Dr. Weedon’s presentation entitled “Better Together—TNVR and Public Health,” or email him directly with questions or help with resources.
12/22/202038 minutes, 18 seconds
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Best of 2020 - Julie Posluns, Cat School

In this episode, Stacy sits down with Julie Posluns, the founder and owner of Cat School, an online training school for cats that uses clicker training to teach fun and practical behaviors and strengthen the bond between cats and their human in the process. Julie, who is a trained animal behaviorist, worked entirely with dogs until a small black kitten showed up at her back door. The cat, now called Jones, convinced the humans and the dogs in the family that he should stay—and he soon showed an interest in the training Julie was doing with her dogs. Julie began training Jones as well, and the rest is history! Stacy and Julie talk about what clicker training is, what its benefits are, and how this kind of enrichment differs from other types. (Hint: This kind is good for both of you!) Julie explains that clicker training is based on positive reinforcement, and she talks about what her program consists of, how the plan works, and how it can work in different situations (training for fun vs. training for behavior medication, for instance). They also talk about how training can work with multiple cats, how it can work in shelter environments, and about training cats to wash on a leash/harness or ride in a backpack or stroller. To learn more (or to enroll), visit the Cat School website. You can also check out their Instagram page to see lots of fun videos, including a free tutorial on how to teach your cat to fist bump.
12/15/202026 minutes, 30 seconds
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Best of 2020 - Camille Labchuk, Animal Justice

In this episode, Stacy is joined by Camille Labchuk, an animal rights lawyer and the executive director of Animal Justice, Canada’s only animal law advocacy organization. Camille also hosts the Animal Justice’s Paw & Order podcast, which was reviewed in the CCP blog back in February. Stacy and Camille discuss what’s going on in Canada with regard to cats, including the fact that, as Camille puts it, “People are really waking up to the idea that cat declawing shouldn’t be a practice that we allow any more in society.” Stacy and Camille also chat about community cats in Canada, how Camille would like to see the government give more support to community cat-related issues, and about the relatively new legal concept of putting an animal at risk. To learn more, visit the Animal Justice website, where you can also link to the Paw & Order podcast. You can find out more about Animal Justice’s conferences, which are open to everyone—not just lawyers—at the Canadian Animal Law Conference website.
12/8/202022 minutes, 8 seconds
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Best of 2020 – Dr. Jennifer Conrad, The Paw Project

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and KittySift. In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Conrad, who founded The Paw Project in 1999, joins Stacy to discuss the organization’s mission to end declawing in the U.S. & Canada, using education, research, and legislation. The Paw Project is made up completely of veterinarians and the group compiled the evidence, drafted the legislation, composed the language of the legislation, built the coalition of support, and obtained the representatives for every law prohibiting declawing in the U.S. Stacy and Dr. Conrad discuss the surprising way Dr. Conrad became interested in ending declawing and educating people everywhere on its devastating effects on cats. “Declawing is a misnomer,” Dr. Conrad tells Stacy. “It is really more appropriately called de-knuckling. It is the amputation of a toe bone.” They discuss the behavioral issues of biting and litter box avoidance that declawed cats have been shown to be prone to, and they talk about the organization’s new “Claw-Friendly” certification for veterinary practices that do not perform declaw surgeries. With legislation banning declawing passed recently in New York, and more bills in the works around the country, Dr. Conrad encourages listeners to join The Paw Project’s mailing list to stay in the loop on action needed regarding legislation in their area. She notes that, “There is a reason that we need to ban declawing: It actually saves cats’ lives … If we could get these bans all across the United States, we would be saving millions of cats’ lives.” To learn more, visit The Paw Project’s website.  You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or check out their documentary, The Paw Project on the App Store, Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon Instant.
12/1/202023 minutes, 22 seconds
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Brad Kriser, Founder of Kriser's Natural Pet

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com. This week’s guest is Brad Kriser, founder of Kriser’s Natural Pet and Chief Education Officer of Independent Pet Partners. Brad lives in LA with his family and a menagerie of rescued animals. Stacy and Brad chat about Brad’s role with Independent Pet Partners and how he promotes education around natural pet food both within the company and out in the community. They talk about the 5 Pillars of Wellness, developed with the University of Denver, which include nourishment, play, comfort, companionship and purpose. Brad also shared the great resource Things My Human Knows, a fillable document to leave with a pet-sitter when you go away, or to have on hand in the event of an emergency. You can find their natural food retailers around the country at Kriser’s (California, Illinois, Texas and Colorado), Chuck and Don’s (Colorado), Loyal Companion (East Coast), and Natural Pawz (Texas).
11/24/202028 minutes, 4 seconds
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Susan Russell, Writer, Attorney, Animal Advocate

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com. Founding member of Archimedes’ Printing Shoppe and Sundry Goodes, Susan Russell has had diverse experience as a writer, attorney, and animal advocate. She has led municipal animal shelters in Chicago and Philadelphia, worked as a litigator, and published an array of books including A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago, several children’s books, and the new series Gata Unbound. Susan and Stacy discuss Susan’s newest book series (co written with Lucy Nolan and illustrated by Katy Lacy), Gata Unbound: A Series for Ailurophiles of all Ages. Volume One of the series features two stories, Klein's Weird Evening & Archimedes’ Ear. This series aims to introduce children to the important topic of TNR. Stacy and Susan finish up their interview with the importance of bringing joy, humor and kindness to our lives. To buy Gata Unbound, you can head over to the Archimedes' Printing Shoppe and Sundry Goodes website; you can also find them on their Facebook page. A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago can be found here. Susan’s children’s books can be found on Amazon: We Can’t Go There. We’re Bears, Shelter Dog Kisses, and Mr. Bird and Mr. Cat: How ‘Bout That.
11/17/202025 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sarah Archer, Writer, Curator, Design & Material Culture Historian

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com. Writer, curator, and design and material culture historian Sarah Archer speaks with Stacy about how her love of her rescue cats led her to her newest project. Sarah is a senior curator at Philadelphia Art Alliance, a contributor to Hyperallergic and many other publications, and has worked with organizations such as Project Meow and Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia, PA. After a cameo by Sarah’s kitten Toast, Stacy and Sarah discuss Sarah’s most recent project, a book called Catland: the Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan which explores the unique relationship between humans and cats in Japan. Japan has a rich history of cats in arts and crafts, and today images of cats proliferate all parts of Japanese culture. Because of small apartments in big cities, it’s less common for Japanese people to adopt cats, which leads to a more collective style of caring for community cats. Their discussion also touches on overpopulation of cats in Japan, TNR efforts, and the phenomenon of cat islands. To find out more about Sarah and to learn where you can buy the book, visit Sarah’s website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram. Kawaii!
11/10/202021 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kevin Coolidge, Author and Independent Bookstore Owner

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and KittySift. Author of Hobo Finds a Home and Huck and Finn, Bookstore Cats and independent bookstore owner Kevin Coolidge is featured in this episode. The tradition of library and bookstore cats goes back to the Library of Alexandria and Kevin is keeping up the tradition with his two bookstore cats Huck and Finn, who have been featured in Cole and Marmalade’s blog and in Bookstore Catsby Brandon Schultz. Stacy and Kevin talk about how Huck and Finn, and previously a cat named Hobo, found their home in the bookstore and became the stars of Kevin’s children’s books. You can buy the books at Kevin’s website or from his bookstore From My Shelf. If you can’t make it up to Wellsboro, PA for a visit, Huck and Finn can be found online on their Facebook page.
11/3/202017 minutes, 31 seconds
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Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and Author

In this special episode, we celebrate National Cat Day by talking with Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author. Pam and Stacy discuss how Pam started her career and why we need to "think like a cat," as well as her latest project with ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter's "Purrfectly Impurrfect" campaign. The campaign is kicking off on National Cat Day to shed light on cats who may be passed by for adoption because of their age, appearance, or misunderstood personality. From October 29–November 30, anyone can nominate a "purrfectly impurrfect" shelter cat.   Pam and two other cat experts will be selecting three winners, and each winning shelter will receive $10,000 from ARM & HAMMER Cat LItter, plus Pam's counseling services. Pam tells us not to wait to nominate a purrfectly impurrfect cat, as the first 100 nominations will receive $100 worth of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter! And she also reminds us that if you can't adopt, you can still help spread the word. When it comes to helping community cats, everything we do matters. Happy National Cat Day!    To learn more and to nominate a purrfectly impurrfect shelter cat, go to felinegenerousstories.com and use #FelineGenerous #Contest to follow the conversation.  
10/29/202020 minutes, 38 seconds
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Kathleen O’Malley, TNR Educator

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, and Heaven Can Wait. Kathleen O’Malley is a longtime practitioner and educator of TNR. She has worked for the Hudson County Animal League, the ASPCA, the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City Animals, and Bideawee Feral Cat Initiative (FCI). In this episode Stacy and Kathleen discuss what to do if you see a stray cat, the many ways you can help with TNR, and the challenges facing those assisting community cats. Kathleen shares more about programs provided by Bideawee FCI, including education and outreach around TNR and caring for colonies, as well as support for certified TNR caretakers and the general public to connect with resources, services, and each other. To find out more, you can email [email protected] or visit Bideawee’s website or the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. 
10/27/202023 minutes, 25 seconds
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Meagan King, Volunteer & Advocate

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, Heaven Can Wait, and C5. This week Stacy talks to Meagan King, who has worked in pit bull rescues, animal shelters, and the pet service industry for more than eight years. She is interested in animal fear, aggression, and behavior and has worked with the SPCA of Texas as the Dallas behavior coordinator. She is a champion of fear-free cat-handling techniques. She currently works in Houston helping to identify community cat candidates in the shelter environment, as well as educating staff and the community on fear-free techniques. Meagan and Stacy discuss dealing with cats with behavior problems in shelters and how to identify the best placement for a particular cat. They also talk about Harris County’s partnership with Best Friends Animal Society to create a robust TNVR, SNR (shelter, neuter, return), and community cat program. They also touch on the effects of COVID-19 on fostering, adoption, and spay and neuter. To learn more go to the Harris County Pets website or email [email protected].
10/20/202028 minutes, 41 seconds
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Kathy Black, Cat Fanciers’ Association Judge

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, Boulder Holistic Vet, and C5. Kathy Black, an all-breed judge from the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) for the past 19 years, joins Stacy in this episode. Kathy has bred and shown cats for 30 years, and she also chairs the CFA’s Companion Cat World (CCW), a program that celebrates rescued and non-pedigreed cats around the world. Kathy shares a bit of the CFA’s history with Stacy, and explains that even though the CFA is “mostly a registry of pedigreed cats, we have always been there to enhance the well-being of all cats and promote education, responsible cat ownership, and proper care for millions of cats worldwide.” CFA’s goal is to reach out to the cat people out there who have never heard of them and let them know who they are, what they stand for, and what they work for. Stacy and Kathy go on to discuss the CFA’s thoughts on cat overpopulation issues around the world, including how they promote spay/neuter while also working to protect and preserve breeds. They talk about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected CFA, how CFA supports rescue groups, and their anti-declawing stance. To learn more about the CFA and Companion Cat World, including how you can register your own cat (purebred or not) with the CFA, visit their website.
10/13/202026 minutes, 48 seconds
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Sarah Moore & Dr. Teri Kidd, Animal Protective League

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com, Boulder Holistic Vet, and Kitty Sift. In this episode, Stacy chats with Sarah Moore, the clinic manager for the Animal Protective League (APL) of Springfield Illinois’s spay/neuter clinic, and with Dr. Teri Kidd, the clinic’s veterinarian.  They discuss how Dr. Kidd got into high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and TNR, and how things have changed in the city, numbers-wise, since the clinic opened in 2006.   Stacy, Sarah, and Dr. Kidd also discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their clinic and how they were able to remain open for all but one day during the spring 2020 outbreak. They also talk about the pandemic’s impact on the shelter and intake numbers and Dr. Kidd offers some thoughts regarding how leaders might better handle veterinary services in the event of another outbreak or similar situation.   To learn more about the word APL does, visit their website, or check them out on social media. For more tips on advocating for veterinary services as essential in times of crisis, check out this flow chart from Bryan Kortis of Neighborhood Cats.
10/6/202029 minutes, 26 seconds
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Jennifer Barnes, Trapper & Animal Welfare Advocate

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com's FosterSpace, Boulder Holistic Vet, and Community Cat Coalition of Clark County. In this episode, Stacy chats with Jennifer Barnes, a US Marine Corps veteran who has been colony feeding and trapping cats for TNR for over five years in New Jersey. Known online as “The Trap Queen,” Jennifer largely uses her own money to fund her TNR, and she doesn’t drive—but she still gets the job done. She and Stacy discuss how she became involved in rescue and, eventually, TNR, and Jennifer shares the story of how she found the strength to keep trapping after having to euthanize the first cat she ever trapped. Jennifer also talks with Stacy about the lack of diversity in animal welfare, and how, as a Black woman, her early experiences with the animal welfare industry made her consider quitting. Though she traps independently, she has since connected up with a nonprofit organization that has a Black CEO, a fact that has made her feel more at ease and like she belongs in animal welfare. Jennifer shares her advice on trapping without your own vehicle, including tips on using ride-sharing services and public transportation. She tells Stacy about her favorite baits, and about her ongoing colony feeding experiences. While Jennifer funds the majority of the work she does herself, she does accept donations to help with the colonies she feeds and any vet care they require. To learn more and follow the work Jennifer does, check her out on Facebook, Instagram, or on Twitter under the handle @trapqueen85.
9/29/202026 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sarah Dunsmore, CDE Animal Cages

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com’s FosterSpace, Boulder Holistic Vet, and Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Sarah Dunsmore of CDE Animal Cages, previously featured on CCP Episode 302, joins Stacy to talk about catios, which CDE (a 2020 Online Kitten Conference sponsor) produces in all shapes and sizes for all different applications. Stacy and Sarah discuss the benefits of catios, and why a catio is preferable to letting a cat outdoors. CDE works with each individual to design a custom catio that works for their location and the needs of both the owner and the cats. They have many different options and price points, and all of their catios can be broken down for re-assembly at a new location if needed. The catio components are designed to last for many decades and are completely cleanable. To learn more, Sarah encourages you to look at what other people are doing, perhaps through a virtual catio tour, and to visit the catio page at the CDE Animal Cages website.
9/22/202024 minutes, 1 second
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Holly Ganz, Animal Biome

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com’s FosterSpace, C5, and The American Association of Feline Practitioners. In this episode, Stacy chats with Holly Ganz, Ph.D., a micro-ecologist who studies how microbes and mammals interact, with a specific interest in the role that the gut microbiome plays in gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in cats and dogs. In 2015, Holly founded Animal Biome to create better diagnostics and therapeutics for cats and dogs with GI conditions. She and Stacy discuss how she became interested in this field, and the Kitty Biome Kickstarter that began the whole thing. They review what the term gut microbiome means and how all this relates to animal welfare work. Today, Animal Biome offers microbiome testing and fecal transplant capsules for dogs and cats that can be given at home. Holly explains what a fecal transplant is, how it works, and what conditions it can be helpful for, and she discusses what’s ahead for Animal Biome. To learn more, visit the Animal Biome website, where you can find all of their products, as well as a new article on a potential cure for FIP. You can also read a reporter’s chronicle of using Animal Biome’s fecal transplant capsules in his cat with GI lymphoma.
9/15/202023 minutes, 18 seconds
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Keith Williams, C5 Las Vegas

This episode is sponsored in part by Doobert.com's FosterSpace, Heaven Can Wait, and The American Association of Feline Practitioners. In this episode, Stacy catches up with Keith Williams of the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5), based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Keith was featured previously on CCP Episode 297, ad in a CCP Trapper Tips & Trips blog post. Stacy and Keith review C5’s mission and background, and they discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their work. They talk about how they’re bouncing back from that, and why it’s so important for C5 that they focus solely on TNR. “Sterilization, spay/neuter is the way out of this,” Keith tells Stacy. “It truly is the only way out of this.” Keith also tells Stacy about their trapper training protocols, and about how he believes more resources must be directed toward spay/neuter. To learn more about C5 and the work they do, visit their website.
9/8/202026 minutes, 27 seconds
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Anna Raines, Best Friends Animal Society

Anna Raines, currently a community cat program manager at Best Friends Animal Society, has been involved in animal welfare for about 10 years. She started her career as a wildlife rehabilitator, where she learned about complaint mitigation and the importance of spreading the message of coexistence. From there, she became an ACO, a role in which she learned about TNR and community cats. After taking over the Best Friends community cat program in Cobb County, Georgia, Anna helped bring the county’s save rate for cats from 62% to 94%. Anna talks with Stacy about how she started out vehemently opposed to TNR and RTF after being introduced to it through her wildlife rehab work. “I was being fed a very different narrative on outdoor cats,” she told Stacy, than the one she later encountered as an ACO. Now a passionate advocate for TNR and RTF, Anna is working to help change the ordinances in her area to make TNR and other community cat programs legal. To learn more about the work Anna is doing, you can email her directly.  You can also visit the Best Friends Animal Society website, where you’ll find lots of resources on community cat programming.
9/1/202022 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dr. Anne Beall, Market Researcher, Animal Advocate, Author

Anne Beall, CEO and founder of Beall Research, a strategic market research firm in Chicago, IL, is also an animal advocate who has written extensively about the human-animal bond. In this episode, she chats with Stacy about her most recent book, Heroic, Helpful and Caring Cats: Felines Who Make a Difference, and about how she came to be so passionate about cats after becoming the caretaker for several community cats. Anne and Stacy discuss why Anne decided to write her first book about cats, Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats. “I think that they have a tremendous contribution that they make to the communities that they’re in,” Anne tells Stacy, “and I wanted to give them a voice.” Anne also shares with Stacy the details of some research her firm did on TNR and people’s perceptions of it and support for it. They talk about the importance of spreading the word about TNR. “[TNR programs] suffer for lack of awareness and for a lack of information,” Anne says, “but most people are very in favor of them once they understand them.” To learn more, or to purchase Anne’s books, visit her website or her Amazon page.
8/25/202026 minutes, 42 seconds
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Julie Jacobson, Spay Tennessee and CCP Community Cats Grants Program

Stacy chats with Julie Jacobson of Spay Tennessee, who is also the grants coordinator for CCP’s Community Cats Grants program. Julie, a frequent CCP guest (check out Episodes 2, 92, and 268, talks about how great this year’s grant program had been going—until the coronavirus hit. Julie and Stacy explain how the Community Cats Grants work: They are strictly for spay/neuter of community cats, and they are matching $1,000 grants that a group can earn by raising money through a new fundraising idea that they’ve never tried before. Julie tells listeners that there is a CCP webinar they can view about the grant application process, and she gives some helpful tips about live release rates, and also about Guidestar. Stacy and Julie go on to discuss the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on animal transport programs, and on spay/neuter, especially in rural areas like the ones Spay Tennessee services. All in all, Julie has deep worries about the effect of many months without spay/neuter. “Here in Tennessee,” she tells Stacy, “we’re going to be set back years in a lot of areas.” To learn more about the Community Cats Grants program (or to apply for a grant), visit the CCP grants page. To learn more about Spay Tennessee, visit their website.
8/18/202027 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bonney Brown and Diane Blankenburg, Humane Network

Bonney Brown (CCP Episode 30 and Episode 181) and Diane Blankenburg, the president, and the CEO, respectively, of Humane Network, join Stacy to talk about the process of leadership recruitment in animal welfare. Humane Network assists organizations with this process and Bonney and Diane talk a bit about their process for going about a search and ways they can help throughout the process, depending on what their client needs.   Stacy goes on to discuss with Bonney and Diane the best kind of interview questions to use in order to really get at people’s core competencies, how to determine an appropriate salary range, and they discuss why the “lifespan” for executive directors and directors of development seems to be so short in animal welfare. Bonney and Diane also offer some advice for organizations that may not have paid staff but are still looking to recruit new leadership.   For more information, visit the Humane Network website, or email them at [email protected].
8/11/202028 minutes, 33 seconds
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Pastor Larry Vandever, Coalition for Feral Cats of Lehigh Valley, PA

Pastor Larry Vandever, a former police officer turned pastor, joins Stacy to talk about his nonprofit, the Coalition for Feral Cats of Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania). His group practices what Larry calls “TNMM-plus,” which means trap-neuter-maintain-monitor—plus they provide other services to their community. Larry feels that TNR is just the basics and that more is required to ensure a good quality of life for the cats being spayed/neutered. Colonies that are part of the Coalition’s program are fed twice a day by volunteers and are monitored by cameras every few weeks to ensure that the cats are safe from harassment and that there are no new cats, no injuries, and no predators around. Stacy and Larry talk about how the group operates, including their rigorous volunteer-training process. They also discuss other ways the group helps the community, including through spay/neuter assistance for owned cats. They discuss how Larry’s religious beliefs inform his work, and he tells Stacy that “We are supposed to be stewards of God’s creation, not abusers.” The Coalition for Feral Cats of Lehigh Valley is working on publishing an operations manual that will soon be available on their Facebook page, or by getting in touch with Larry. To learn more, email Pastor Larry directly, or visit the Coalition for Feral Cats of Lehigh Valley Facebook page. Their website is currently under construction.
8/4/202020 minutes, 27 seconds
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Carrie Lippert Gillaspie, Television & Podcast Host

In this episode, Stacy chats with Carrie Gillaspie, a television and podcast host from rural central Wisconsin with a huge passion for helping animals. Last year, Carrie began noticing larger than normal numbers of barn and community cats in her area, and hearing complaints from the farms around her, that the cat numbers were out of control. Taking matters into her own hands, Carrie convinced a local group, The Fix Is In, to bring their mobile clinic to her neighborhood—and she raised the funds to make the surgeries totally free of charge to those bringing cats. That event is now being used as a prototype for six other events planned for this spring and summer. Stacy and Carrie discuss Carrie’s fundraising strategy for the event, as well as the logistics of the surgery day. They talk about what Carrie feels the impact will be on the local community, and how she is now spearheading The Fix Is In’s effort to get this model out in other communities. The campaign is called The Year of the Cat 2020, with a goal of fixing 2,020 cats this year. Another of Carrie’s goals is TNR outreach. “That’s my cardinal rule,” she tells Stacy. “If you feed them, you fix them.” She encourages listeners to embark on similar projects in their own communities—and to feel free to reach out to her with questions or for encouragement. “I literally am just an animal lover who saw a need in my community and just decided to do something about it,” she says, “and that’s all you need to be; that’s all you need to do.” To learn more about Carrie—including about her podcast, Candidly Speaking, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.  
7/28/202022 minutes, 20 seconds
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Dr. Bob Weedon, TLC PetSnip & Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs

In this information-packed episode, Stacy sits down with Dr. Bob Weedon, a retired veterinarian who is still going strong as a volunteer at the TLC PetSnip low-cost clinic in Lakeland, FL, a board member of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs (ACC&D), and in other volunteer posts. Bob worked in private practice and also spent many years teaching in the shelter medicine program at the University of Illinois, including teaching high-quality high-volume spay/neuter techniques to veterinary students. He also holds a Master’s degree in public health. Along the way, he also became involved in TNR. “I just recognized there was such a need,” he says, “and that I had the tools that… could address that need.” Stacy and Bob discuss why the “V” in trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) is so crucial, both for the cats and for proving the value of TNVR programs to community leaders and officials. He discusses the concept of herd immunity in relation to rabies, and also goes into great detail about cats and toxoplasmosis—including how to talk with public health officials about it. Bob also discusses his work with ACC&D and with the National Feline Research Council (NFRC–an “unbiased central repository of evidence-based information”). He tells Stacy how gratifying it is to be able to provide vet care to folks who can’t afford it, and how his own views have changed over the years from feeling like low-income pet owners shouldn’t have pets at all to realize how important pets can be to those folks’ mental health and well-being. To learn more about the organizations Dr. Weedon volunteers for, visit the ACC&D website, the NFRC website, and the TLC PetSnip website. You can also check out Dr. Weedon’s presentation entitled “Better Together—TNVR and Public Health,” or email him directly with questions or help with resources.
7/21/202037 minutes, 14 seconds
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Sterling Davis, Atlanta’s “Trap King”

In this episode, Stacy sits down with Sterling Davis again (she talked with him before in CCP Episode 243) to catch up on what he’s been doing for the last couple of years. Sterling is still living up to his nickname of Trap King, doing lots of TNR in Atlanta—but he has also been busy doing educational events and shows. He has been working with scout troops—and hoping to get a TNR badge in place—and he has been touching on the issue of diversity in rescue. He shares some tips with Stacy on dealing with “feral humans,” as well as some trapping tips. Stacy and Sterling discuss fundraising, and the Patreon page Sterling has set up to assist him with raising funds for his one-man operation. Sterling likes the platform because it allows him to give a little something back to his followers in return for their support, and the proceeds have helped him out tremendously with traps, gas, and TNR surgeries. Sterling is available to travel for speaking engagements and he tells Stacy that his goal has been to make cat rescue and TNR “more fun and popular.” In addition, he’s been expanding on his “you don’t lose cool points for compassion” idea lately, explaining that it’s not just for cats—it’s for people, too. To learn more, visit Sterling’s website, check out his Facebook page, or follow him on Instagram. You can also visit his Patreon page to learn how you can become a subscriber and support Sterling’s work in the process.
7/14/202025 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ashley Shoults, Animal Arts

In this episode, Stacy sits down with Ashley Shoults, a principal w/ Animal Arts, an architecture firm in Boulder, Colorado that specializes exclusively in the design of animal care facilities, including animal shelters, veterinary facilities, and pet boarding facilities. Ashley is currently working on the design of a new facility for PAWS Seattle and she recently co-authored a book covering all aspects of animal care design, Practical Guide to Veterinary Hospital Design. Stacy and Ashley talk about the importance of design in every aspect of animal care, from feral cat feeding stations to the spaces we care for our cats in. As Ashley puts it, “We need to constantly be thinking about how the people use the space, and how the animals use the space and how do we make it an environment that the animals will also thrive in.” They go on to discuss how community cats should be accounted for in design and planning, which Ashley sees as a big area for opportunity and growth in our shelters in terms of how we house community cats and how we reduce stress for them. Ashley also has some words of advice for proceeding with a new design project from a financial perspective and how you can flex your space by having a variety of smaller “pod” spaces. To learn more, see photos of their work, and reach out for a consultation, visit the Animal Arts website.
7/7/202024 minutes, 1 second
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Steven Mornelli, Waggle

In this episode, Stacy chats with Steven Morelli, CEO and founder of Waggle, a new—and very different—crowdfunding platform to help pet owners and shelters/rescues raise money for animals in need of urgent veterinary care. Steven, who has a background in finance and data analytics, found himself increasingly angry over the way various crowdfunding platforms operate. Frustrated, he decided to start Waggle to connect people who find themselves considering surrendering or euthanizing their beloved pets because they can’t afford needed veterinary care with people who want to help. Waggle differs from other platforms in that rather than funds going to the person or group raising money, they go directly to veterinarians. Waggle has a network of participating veterinarians, but they will send funds to any veterinarian an individual or group is working with. Stacy and Steven go on to discuss matching funds and how vet clinics and shelters/rescues can establish their own funds, as well as how fees and tax deductibility work (hint: there are other areas where Waggle differs from other platforms!). Steven also tells Stacy how Waggle makes sure to send updates back to donors, to be sure that people truly feel like their money is going where they intended it to go. To learn more, visit the Waggle website.
6/30/202026 minutes, 14 seconds
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Elizabeth Finch, Good Mews Animal Foundation

Stacy talks with Elizabeth Finch, a member of the board of directors and full-time marketing and communications volunteer at Good Mews Animal Foundation in Marietta, Georgia. Elizabeth comes from a varied professional background and began donating her time to Good Mews after early retirement. “It’s my full-time gig,” she tells Stacy, “and I love it more than anything I’ve ever done.” Stacy and Elizabeth discuss Good Mews’s five-year-old shelter, which is focused on cage-less space, as well as an appropriately separate kitten, intake, and isolation spaces for the 100+ cats that are housed there. The new shelter also has a state-of-the-art surgery suite. That, combined with the hiring of a high-volume spay/neuter veterinarian, put the organization in a great spot to take on expanding into helping community cats, and in the latter half of 2019, Good Mews took over the Cobb County Community Cat program from Best Friends. To learn more, visit the Good Mews Animal Foundation website, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.
6/23/202022 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mary Howard, Community Cat Coordinator at McKamey Animal Center

In this episode, Stacy talks with Mary Howard, the community cat coordinator at McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN. The program started in 2018 with a grant from Best Friends Animal Society and since inception, the organization’s return to habitat releases has gone up by 145%. Stacy and Mary discuss the many programs McKamey offers, including a barn cat program, kitten nursery, trapping services, a pet food bank, low-cost vaccine clinics, and an on-site feral colony for cats that cannot safely be released back to the areas in which they were trapped. McKamey is connected with the city’s animal control services, and Mary talks with Stacy about how she works with animal control, and how she maintains good relationships there. Mary also shares some trapping tips and tricks, and discuss how, from 2018 to 2019, the organization’s save rate increased by 12% to 90%. To learn more, visit McKamey’s website, where you can click on “Services” and then “Community Cats” for information about the Community Cats Program.
6/16/202024 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mary Tan, Whisker Media

Stacy sits down with Mary Tan, owner and chief storyteller at Whisker Media, a boutique strategic communications agency that focuses on marketing and public relations for pet-related businesses and animal welfare nonprofits. Mary, who previously worked as a news reporter and in government communications, is also the public relations manager for Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minnesota, which is one of the country’s largest open-admission shelters. Mary and Stacy talk about why it’s important even for small organizations to capture and leverage stories, and why it’s important for all groups to have relationships with the media. Mary talks about the concept of “newsjacking,” and gives some advice on how to contact and start relationships with your local media. She also talks about press releases and when to use them, and tells groups that “You need public relations and marketing.” To learn more about Whisker Media and contact Mary, visit the Whisker Media website.
6/9/202031 minutes, 30 seconds
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Karen Little, Alley Cat Advocates

Karen Little, featured previously on CCP Episode 17 and Episode 112, joins Stacy to discuss the new things going on with the organization she and her husband founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1999, Alley Cat Advocates. In the 21 years since its inception, ACA has altered over 50,000 community cats and has worked to transform the culture of care provided to community cats in the region. Stacy and Karen talk a bit about how Karen and her husband came to the idea of TNR and starting ACA, and about how they accomplish their spay/neuter numbers. Karen tells Stacy about ACA’s new facility and their relationship with the city of Louisville, which includes a municipal contract with the city. Karen shares some advice for people thinking about how to change the culture for community cats in their area and reminds us all that sometimes, “We have to get outside of our comfort zone to help the cats.” For more information about Alley Cat Advocates and the work they do, visit their website. You can also feel free to email them, or even call, as they are always glad to talk with folks from all over the country about helping cats.
6/2/202025 minutes, 14 seconds
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Marian Pekar, My Nine Lives Video Game

In this episode, Marian Pekar, a software developer based in the Czech Republic, joins Stacy to talk about My Nine Lives, a game he is developing to raise money for cat-related charities. Marian became involved in cat charities after adopting Max, a stray kitten, and earlier this year, he decided to use his skills and passion to find a way to help support those charities. Marian and Stacy discuss My Nine Lives, in which the player takes on the role of a cat trying to survive by hunting prey and avoiding predators. He explains that it will be suitable for all ages, as there are no gory scenes. He also tells Stacy about how the game will generate revenue through a “pay as you wish” model, and how he will distribute the game. To learn more about My Nine Lives, visit the game’s website, where you can sign up to be notified when the game is released, and watch a trailer for the game. You can also follow Marian’s progress on Twitter.
5/26/202017 minutes, 27 seconds
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Lora O’Connor, The National Kitten Coalition

Stacy sits down with Lora O’Connor, Executive Director of The National Kitten Coalition (NKC), in this episode to talk about the organization, and about its partnership with Community Cats Podcast on the Online Kitten Conference. Lora has been working in animal welfare for 20 years and is an animal behaviorist. She talks about how things were for cats 20 years ago, and how she felt cats just weren’t getting the same resources dogs were. “We needed to elevate their status,” Lora says. Lora and Stacy discuss the upcoming Online Kitten Conference and the importance of continuing education in the animal welfare world. NKC offers many webinar training sessions, particularly around caring for neonatal kittens, and they are working to expand their resources for shelters, foster homes, and others. “We want The National Kitten Coalition to be the number one place that you go to when you have any questions kitten-related,” Lora tells Stacy. To learn more about The National Kitten Coalition and access their webinar archives and Kitten Nursery Manual, visit the NKC website or find them on social media. To learn more about the Online Kitten Conference and buy tickets (or recordings after the event is over), visit the conference webpage. To hear CCP interviews with other folks from NKC, visit the Community Cats Podcast website and type “National Kitten Coalition” into the search bar.
5/19/202022 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dean Killingbeck, Pets Strong CBD

In this episode, Dean Killingbeck of Pets Strong CBD joins Stacy to discuss CBD and Pet Strong’s products. Born and raised on a farm, Dean developed a deep appreciation of nature and herbal medicine, and when his senior dog began to develop mobility issues, Dean decided to try CBD. The results were positive, but Dean was dismayed by the quality of products available for pets, and by the misinformation, he found online. So he decided to start his own company and write a book to help educate pet owners about how CBD can help pets. Dean explains to Stacy what CBD is, how the products you see on the market may differ from each other, and why some are better than others. Dean and Stacy talk about the issues that CBD tends to be the most helpful with, including pain/mobility issues, anxiety, skin and coat issues, and loss of appetite. Dean tells Stacy what you should look for in a CBD product, and they discuss some tips and tricks on how to give CBD to cats—plus Dean offers CCP listeners a discount code on their first Pets Strong order (and an ongoing discount for nonprofit customers). To learn more, or purchase Pets Strong CBD products or Dean’s book, CBD for Pets: A Guide to Pet Wellness with CBD, visit the Pets Strong website.
5/12/202021 minutes, 38 seconds
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Arden Moore, Pet Health and Safety Coach

The multi-talented Arden Moore joins Stacy in this episode to discuss all things C-A-T. Arden is a radio show host, author, professional speaker, editor, media consultant, dog/cat behavior consultant, and a master pet first aid instructor. She and Stacy discuss the details of her podcast, Oh Behave, hosted by PetLifeRadio and selected by Oprah as one of her top three favorite pet podcasts for the past two years. Arden was a reporter and editor at a major newspaper for 20 years before she got into the pet field, and when she did, she realized there was one big thing missing from many training programs: safety—so she set out to change that by becoming a master certified instructor in pet first aid. Arden and Stacy talk about Arden’s cat Casey, her “teaching partner,” who is also a certified therapy cat. Arden believes strongly that cats can learn to do amazing, fun things that are also great for enrichment. As she puts it, “You’ve got a really amazing being there in your house who purrs… let’s work his noodle!” Arden and Stacy go on to discuss the Fear Free program (including the program’s newest FREE track for shelters), Arden’s newest family member, and why they think that it’s a good time to be a cat right now. To find out more about Arden, her podcast, and her new book, A Kid’s Guide to Cats, visit her website or her Facebook page.
5/5/202022 minutes, 1 second
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Julie Posluns, Cat School

In this episode, Stacy sits down with Julie Posluns, the founder and owner of Cat School, an online training school for cats that uses clicker training to teach fun and practical behaviors and strengthen the bond between cats and their human in the process. Julie, who is a trained animal behaviorist, worked entirely with dogs until a small black kitten showed up at her back door. The cat, now called Jones, convinced the humans and the dogs in the family that he should stay—and he soon showed an interest in the training Julie was doing with her dogs. Julie began training Jones as well, and the rest is history! Stacy and Julie talk about what clicker training is, what its benefits are, and how this kind of enrichment differs from other types. (Hint: This kind is good for both of you!) Julie explains that clicker training is based on positive reinforcement, and she talks about what her program consists of, how the plan works, and how it can work in different situations (training for fun vs. training for behavior medication, for instance). They also talk about how training can work with multiple cats, how it can work in shelter environments, and about training cats to wash on a leash/harness or ride in a backpack or stroller. To learn more (or to enroll), visit the Cat School website. You can also check out their Instagram page to see lots of fun videos, including a free tutorial on how to teach your cat to fist bump.
4/28/202025 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tina Traster, Catnip Nation

Award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker Tina Traster, previously featured on CCP Episode 186, joins Stacy again to update us on her documentary, Catnip Nation. The film advocates for TNR through the stories of four Good Samaritans caring for community cats around the country. Since being on CCP a couple of years ago, Tina has taken Catnip Nation on the film festival circuit, where it won several awards and has successfully landed a distributor. The documentary is available on DVD, and Tina is in the process of getting distribution on streaming services. Tina and Stacy discuss the need for TNR to become a more widely recognized issue that is taken up by local officials, and how TNR advocates can best work with municipalities. “What we need in this country,” Tina says, “is a grassroots movement where it becomes imperative for politicians to recognize the role of a municipality in supporting TNR.” To learn more about Catnip Nation or to order a DVD of the film, visit the Catnip Nation website.
4/21/202020 minutes, 2 seconds
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Danielle Bays, Humane Society of the United States

In this episode, HSUS Senior Analyst for Cat Protection & Policy Danielle Bays joins Stacy to talk about what’s going on in the world of cat policy issues. Danielle, who has chatted with Stacy in CCP Episode 55, Episode 261, and Episode 293, also shares details about the upcoming HSUS Expo conference. The conference will be held in San Antonio May 6–9 and will feature a whole track devoted specifically to cats. Stacy & Danielle goes on to talk about the major focus lately in the U.S. on concerns about cat declawing. They also discuss the HSUS’s upcoming publication of a revised guide to community cats for municipal officials. Danielle also talks about ways listeners can get involved in advocacy, including attending the Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington D.C., which will be held July 25–26, 2020. To learn more about current advocacy issues around cats, or about HSUS Expo and other educational opportunities, visit Animal Sheltering, the HSUS website focused on the shelter and rescue community. You can also email Danielle directly for more information on any of the topics in this episode, and you can visit our 2020 Online Cat Conference page to purchase downloads from Danielle’s (and others’) sessions at the conference.
4/14/202021 minutes, 53 seconds
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Camille Labchuk, Animal Justice

In this episode, Stacy is joined by Camille Labchuk, an animal rights lawyer and the executive director of Animal Justice, Canada’s only animal law advocacy organization. Camille also hosts the Animal Justice’s Paw & Order podcast, which was reviewed in the CCP blog back in February. Stacy and Camille discuss what’s going on in Canada with regard to cats, including the fact that, as Camille puts it, “People are really waking up to the idea that cat declawing shouldn’t be a practice that we allow any more in society.” Stacy and Camille also chat about community cats in Canada, how Camille would like to see the government give more support to community cat-related issues, and about the relatively new legal concept of putting an animal at risk. To learn more, visit the Animal Justice website, where you can also link to the Paw & Order podcast. You can find out more about Animal Justice’s conferences, which are open to everyone—not just lawyers—at the Canadian Animal Law Conference website.
4/7/202021 minutes, 11 seconds
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Elaine Spencer and Melanie Gardner, T-Town TNR

In this episode, Stacy chats with Elaine Spencer and Melanie Gardner from T-Town TNR, an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to resolving the feline overpopulation crisis in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since 2015, the organization has spay/neutered over 3,700 cats. Elaine is the group’s lead support for grant writing, and together, she and Melanie serves as the group’s IT consultants. Elaine and Melanie talk with Stacy about how they became involved with TNR, and with T-Town in particular, and they discuss the importance of data as it relates to getting grant funding and running an efficient organization. T-Town utilizes a free software program called AirTable to coordinate their spay/neuter appointments, track colonies, microchips, and equipment, and to track requests for assistance. The software updates in real-time and can be accessed in the field via cell phone, as well as by veterinary offices with which T-Town is connected. T-Town has seen an incredible improvement in efficiency and data collection now that they utilize AirTable, but the process of selecting a software package was a long and challenging one, as Elaine tells Stacy. Elaine encourages everyone to do their homework around software options and to reach out to her if they have questions about AirTable. To learn more, visit the T-Town TNR website or their Facebook page. You can also email Elaine directly to talk more about T-Town’s experiences with AirTable.
3/31/202026 minutes, 53 seconds
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Alisse Russell, Puff Cat Rescue, Inc.

In this episode, Stacy speaks with Alisse Russell, founder and executive director of Puff (Paws Up for Felines) Cat Rescue, Inc., a recently launched grassroots group with an ambition to grow into a nationwide rescue network. Puff Cat is dedicated to helping solve community cat overpopulation, and Alisse, who currently works in the human mental health field, is working toward becoming a humane education specialist. Alisse and Stacy discuss what Puff Cat hopes to do, which is to reach smaller, independently run rescues so that those groups can expand their reach and get the support they need. The aim is to create a whole new social network for people in this field so they can communicate directly with each other. A dedicated CCP listener, Alisse is currently working with CCP Episode 330 guest Lizz Whitacre of Pawlytics on a software platform. To learn more about Puff Cat Rescue, visit their website, Instagram, or Facebook pages. You can also visit Alisse’s Instagram page.
3/24/202019 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lori Behrman, The Toby Project

In this episode, Stacy talks with Lori Behrman, who runs the day-to-day operations of the Toby Project, including the mobile spay/neuter clinic. Lori has been with the Toby Project since Day One, and she considers her work not just a job, but a mission. She tells Stacy about how Dr. Andy Kaplan, founder of the Toby Project (CCP Episode 339) inspired her to get involved eleven years ago, and about how much she has learned since then about the concepts of spay/neuter, no-kill, and pet overpopulation. Stacy and Lori discuss the specifics of how the mobile clinic operates, the work it’s currently doing in Yonkers (in addition to its normal work in New York City), and the clinic’s staffing model. They talk about the challenges of running a mobile clinic, including winter weather and equipment issues. Lori notes that “it is an expensive endeavor to run a mobile unit,” and suggests that anyone thinking of starting one takes the time to talk with others who have already done so to learn all they can. To learn more about the Toby Project, or to get in touch with Lori, email [email protected]. You can also find the Toby Project online at their website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.
3/17/202025 minutes, 16 seconds
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Debbie Chatenever, community cat caretaker

In this episode, Stacy chats with community cat caretaker Debbie Chatenever, who walks several miles each day to feed the community cats in her area. Debbie gets the cats the medical care they need at her own expense, and she shares with Stacy the story of how she got involved with caring for her local community cats. Stacy and Debbie also discuss how beneficial a support network could be for Debbie and others like her, and they talk about Debbie’s strong belief that there needs to be accountability around abandoning cats. Debbie tells Stacy about how she talks with the children she meets in her neighborhood as she feeds, and how she shares information with them about community cats, spay/neuter, and how we can help. To learn more about Debbie and the work she does, or to reach out to her, please email Stacy.
3/10/202018 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jill Tucker, California Animal Welfare Association

Jill Tucker, CAWA and CEO of the California Animal Welfare Association (CalAnimals), joins Stacy in this episode to talk about her career in animal welfare, which stretches back to 2002. They talk about how Jill ended up in animal welfare after being in the software industry for many years. Jill & Stacy also discuss CalAnimals—how it came to be, the role it plays in the state, and how Jill came to be in a leadership role there. They talk about the diversity of resources in California and the challenges that presents, as well as about community cats and how Jill facilitates work between groups with different approaches to the issue. To learn more, visit the CalAnimals website. You can also email Jill directly with questions—she’s always glad to connect with others in animal welfare!
3/3/202026 minutes, 8 seconds
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Britney Fox Hover, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Britney Fox Hover, the shelter director at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) in Salisbury, Massachusetts, began at MRFRS as a volunteer in 2009. In addition to now running the group’s shelter and medical programs, Brit also oversees the adoption program, including a very successful Feline Leukemia (FeLV+) adoption program. Brit and Stacy talk a bit about how Brit came to love cats and get involved at MRFRS, and about MRFRS’s history and programs and what makes the organization unique. As Brit puts it, MRFRS “took in animals that other shelters maybe just didn’t know a lot about or didn’t have resources to care for,” including FeLV+, chronically ill, and behaviorally challenges cats. Brit and Stacy also discuss the MRFRS’s FARS program, a financial assistance program for lower-income owners of injured or ill pet cats, and how that program helps keeps cats in the loving homes they already have. “You see the stress and the heartbreak that goes along with surrendering a pet … for the people and for the animal,” Brit says. “Being able to prevent that and keep people and their animals together is really, really important.” To learn more about the MRFRS and its programs, visit the MRFRS website, or email the organization’s general email address.
2/25/202023 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dr. Andy Kaplan, The Toby Project

In this episode, Stacy speaks with Dr. Andrew Kaplan, the veterinarian behind New York City’s The Toby Project. Andrew has been an animal advocate since he was a child. Stacy & Andrew discuss Andrew’s journey to becoming a vet and how he came to learn about and become involved in pet overpopulation—including the touching story of Toby, the dog who put a face on the overpopulation issue for Andrew. The Toby Project has a mobile spay/neuter clinic that splits its time between doing surgeries for low-income pet owners and for feral cats (through TNR-certified rescuers). Andrew would like to devote more of the clinic’s time to feral cats, as he feels like those are the animals who truly have no other option. He and Stacy discuss the challenging aspects of running a mobile clinic, feedback from other veterinarians, and the struggle of expanding the model, as well as the other animal-related advocacy work Andrew does. “I’m into advocating for any animal in any circumstance,” he tells Stacy. “I happen to be medically trained for dogs and cats, but I’ll do what I can for anything.” To learn more, visit the Toby Project website.
2/18/202032 minutes, 15 seconds
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Mario Arbore, Square Paws

Mario Abore, the founder and owner of Square Paws, a cat furniture design company, sits down with Stacy to talk about how Square Paws came to be. Mario, an architect by trade, designs all the furniture as art that your cat can inhabit, and it is all hand-crafted in the United States. Square Paws donates 10% of their proceeds to animal welfare. Stacy and Mario discuss the free-roaming cat rooms that Square Paws designed for the North Shore Animal League America in partnership with Beth Stern, in honor of Billy Joel. Square Paws has designed several other shelter facilities, and Mario talks about the process of learning what kinds of materials do and don’t work in a shelter environment, as well as how much he’d like to do more shelter projects. To learn more, visit the Square Paws website, check out their Instagram and Twitter feeds, or call them at 844-577-7297. You can also email Mario directly. To see the cat rooms at the North Shore Animal League America, check out the Square Paws blog post about the project.
2/11/202021 minutes, 12 seconds
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Jeff Parks, Author of "You Know Your Cat Loves You Because..."

Jeff Parks, a comedy writer by trade, wasn’t introduced to the world of cats until he was in his 30s, but once he was, there was no going back. He quickly turned into a “cat person,” and became intrigued by the ways in which cats show their affection. Finding mostly scientific answers, he began using his comedy background to come up with funny ways cats show their love that wouldn’t be found in any official studies. Soon, he decided to pursue the idea as an illustrated book and began working with a co-writer and illustrator. Jeff and Stacy discuss the results of this work, the book You Know Your Cat Loves You Because … The Sweet, Silly, and Scientific Ways Our Cats Show Us How Much They Love Us and Jeff goes into detail about how the book came to be. He tells Stacy that he wanted to write a positive book that didn’t just play on the typical stereotypes of cats being aloof. The book has had a great response, and Jeff hopes it brings joy to everyone who reads it. To learn more, you can visit the You Know Your Cat Loves You Because Facebook page. You can also purchase a copy of the book on Amazon, or email the book team with any questions or comments—they love feedback!
2/4/202020 minutes, 36 seconds
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A Best of CCP Episode! Will Zweigart, Flatbush Cats

In this episode, Stacy sits down with Will Zweigart, founder of Flatbush Cats, a nonprofit focused on reducing the outdoor cat population in central Brooklyn, New York through TNR and rescue work. Flatbush Cats teaches TNR classes and offers support and resources for trappers. They are also launching a mobile spay/neuter clinic pilot program to support low-income residents, a project done in partnership with the Toby Project. Stacy & Will talk about the work Flatbush Cats does and the organization’s goals. Will talks about how he has been inspired by Stacy’s Community Cat Pyramid, which helped him think about how important getting to the root of the overpopulation problem is. As Will puts it, “There’s got to be a way to turn the water off, instead of just scooping buckets out of the basement.” Flatbush Cats is well known for their visual documentation of the work they do, and Will shares some of his tips and ideas on how best to use visual media. He discusses the idea of proactive fundraising by telling authentic stories and explains that platforms like Instagram help your supporters see exactly where their money is going. To learn more about Flatbush Cats and see the extraordinary video of how Will and his partners got started, visit their website. You can also follow them on their very active Instagram.
1/28/202025 minutes, 43 seconds
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A Best of CCP Episode! Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM, Team Shelter USA

Stacy sits down with Dr. Sara Pizano (a previous CCP guest on Episode 56, Episode 171, and Episodes 246 and 247) to discuss Dr. Pizano’s new book, The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters. The book is a result of the more than 100 assessments Dr. Pizano has done at shelters around the country as a Team Shelter USA consultant. She realized that the shelters she was working with were all struggling with the same issues. More importantly, she realized that the solutions needed to decrease euthanasia rates were always the same—so she decided to write this playbook so that those solutions can be used by anyone, anywhere. Dr. Pizano’s number one tip, which she shares in this interview with Stacy, is that your shelter space should be used only for animals with no other options. Dr. Pizano discusses with Stacy her belief that there should be no stray hold periods for cats, and her strong belief in Return-to-Field. She and Stacy go on to discuss the best ways to talk to your elected officials, and what kind of data to focus on. “Get the information,” Dr. Pizano says, “present the facts in a very professional way—not emotional—and just educate your elected officials.” Finally, Dr. Pizano talks more about her new book. It is for everyone, no matter what role you play in animal welfare, and it includes lots of success stories. The idea, Dr. Pizano tells Stacy, is to change your perspective and inspire you. “This is about the answers that every single sheltering community has at their fingertips,” she says. The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters is available
1/21/202024 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hasara Lay, Catexplorer

In this episode, Stacy speaks with Hasara Lay, founder of Catexplorer, a community, movement, and lifestyle brand for people who explore the world with their cats. Hasara, who is located in Australia, began exploring with her cat as a child and never stopped. When she and her husband adopted two rescue cats, she started Catexplorer as a repository for information on training cats to be explorers, but it has since expanded into more of an online community for those who like to explore with their cats. Hasara also hosts the Catexplorer podcasts, where she interviews Catexplorers about their adventures and cat experts for pro advice. A Catexplorer, as Hasara explains it, is “either the human or the feline that are exploring together.” She talks with Stacy about determining whether your cat is a good candidate for being a Catexplorer and some basic steps to work on to get your cat comfortable exploring. Hasara discusses harnesses and cat backpacks, as well as the selection process for the items Catexplorer sells in their online store. She also shares details about the Catexplorer page created especially for CCP listeners. To learn more, including how you can access the Catexplorer podcast, visit the Catexplorer webpage, or check them out on Instagram.
1/14/202021 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dr. Jennifer Conrad, The Paw Project

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Conrad, who founded The Paw Project in 1999, joins Stacy to discuss the organization’s mission to end declawing in the U.S. & Canada, using education, research, and legislation. The Paw Project is made up completely of veterinarians and the group compiled the evidence, drafted the legislation, composed the language of the legislation, built the coalition of support, and obtained the representatives for every law prohibiting declawing in the U.S. Stacy and Dr. Conrad discuss the surprising way Dr. Conrad became interested in ending declawing and educating people everywhere on its devastating effects on cats. “Declawing is a misnomer,” Dr. Conrad tells Stacy. “It is really more appropriately called de-knuckling. It is the amputation of a toe bone.” They discuss the behavioral issues of biting and litter box avoidance that declawed cats have been shown to be prone to, and they talk about the organization’s new “Claw-Friendly” certification for veterinary practices that do not perform declaw surgeries. With legislation banning declawing passed recently in New York, and more bills in the works around the country, Dr. Conrad encourages listeners to join The Paw Project’s mailing list to stay in the loop on action needed regarding legislation in their area. She notes that, “There is a reason that we need to ban declawing: It actually saves cats’ lives … If we could get these bans all across the United States, we would be saving millions of cats’ lives.” To learn more, visit The Paw Project’s website.  You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or check out their documentary, The Paw Project on the App Store, Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon Instant.
1/7/202023 minutes, 14 seconds
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Julia Grosz, Cat Hustler

Julia Grosz earned the nickname “Cat Hustler” due to her ability to match cats and adopters through strategic copywriting and social media use. So it was only natural that when she developed her skills into a teachable set of cat marketing practices, she would name her organization Cat Hustler. The nonprofit specializes in creative marketing for shelter cats and also hosts community-building events like The Acatemy, a cat conference “for rescuers, by rescuers.” The next Acatemy will be held January 17–19, 2020 in the Washington DC area, and the cost is $180 for whole weekend. (Be sure to listen to the whole podcast to get a special 15% off discount code for CCP listeners!) The Acatemy started as Julia’s way of trying to make sense of loss after the death of a beloved cat, and it has since grown into a way to try to bring more rescuers together to get face time with each other, and to bring awareness about TNR to different kinds of cat rescuers. The Acatemy, Julia tells Stacy, is her way of doing for others what she wishes had been done for her. In this episode, Stacy and Julia also discuss some great marketing tips for cats, including what Julia calls the “scratch and dent” specials. She tells Stacy that the most important thing is to keep it light. “You have to make[people] smile,” she says, “or there’s no impact to speak of.” To learn more about Julia’s organization, visit the Cat Hustler webpage. To learn more about The Acatemy, and to purchase your tickets, visit the Acatemy website.
12/31/201920 minutes, 18 seconds
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John Boone, Wildlife Biologist at Great Bay Bird Observatory

John Boone, a wildlife biologist previously interviewed on CCP, joins Stacy to discuss new research on how we can use the tools we have to manage cat populations more efficiently and more effectively. This particular study was conducted by a group of people connected with the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) and used computer modeling and simulation tools to predict the outcomes of various community cat management scenarios. John and Stacy discuss the methodology of the study in detail, including the new twists it involved, and what the outcomes were. To learn more, you can read the full paper published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, or view the story-map version on the ACC&D website. For groups with larger-scale TNR programs, John encourages you to email him so he can put you in touch with resources and people who can help with planning, setting up, and measuring your programs. This episode is sponsored by Dr. Elsey's Veterinarian Formulated Quality Products for Cats, makers of "litter we're so confident you'll love, your first purchase is on us." Learn more!
12/24/201922 minutes, 18 seconds
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Lizz Whitacre, Pawlytics

In this episode, Stacy is joined by Lizz Whitacre, founder and CEO of Pawlytics, a technology solution to help rescues manage their paperwork and gain insights from their data. Pawlytics is also expanding into the TNR/community cats space in an effort to use technology, data, and innovation to drive lifesaving efforts for community cats. Stacy and Lizz discuss how Pawlytics came to be, and how its affordable fee structure operates. When Lizz got started working on this project, it seemed to her that all the available software was designed for large organizations. She wanted to come up with something that worked for small groups, and that was accessible to any and all potential users. To do this, her team interviewed over 400 smaller organizations to find out either why they hadn’t yet adopted data management software, or, if they had, what they did and didn’t like about it. The result is Pawlytics, a stripped-down, incredibly user-friendly piece of software that can still run all the typical reports you’ll need for metrics, grant applications, etc. It also works with all the major adoption platforms, like Petfinder and others, and it can upload all of your pre-existing data—even if it’s in spreadsheets! Plus, they are currently working on adding all kinds of community cat-related functionality to help streamline the logistics of the TNR process for your group. To learn more and find out how to sign up for a free trial, visit the Pawlytics website. While you’re there, feel free to use their online chat feature for more information! This episode is sponsored by Dr. Elsey's Veterinarian Formulated Quality Products for Cats, makers of "litter we're so confident you'll love, your first purchase is on us." Learn more!
12/17/201927 minutes, 30 seconds
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Valerie Sheppard, Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

Valerie Sheppard, Director of Professional Development & Credentialing at the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA), joins Stacy to discuss what the AAWA is all about these days, including details on their Learning Center. Valerie created the Learning Center when she joined the AAWA in 2018, and it offers a variety of webinars (live and recorded) and online classes, most of which are free. Valerie wanted to make sure people from anywhere could access learning opportunities anytime instead of only having access to them at conferences, which aren’t accessible to everyone. The AAWA is a membership-based organization, but many resources, including the Learning Center, are not limited to members. Members are anyone in the animal welfare world who sees themselves as a leader or emerging leader. The organization’s goal is to help animal welfare professionals advance their careers and be the best they can be to help save more lives. The AAWA is also excited to announce its latest webinar series, which is a multi-year program in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians that will include webinars almost every month. To learn more, visit the AAWA website, or the Learning Center website. You can also email Valerie directly with questions about the AAWA’s programs.
12/10/201920 minutes, 12 seconds
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Meagan Larrea, Joy 4 Cats

Meagan Larrea is a cat mom and cat lover who works as a civil engineer by day. The rest of the time, she runs Joy 4 Cats, a growing project that puts together toy and treat baskets for shelters to give away to new adopters. The program began in the fall of 2018 when Meagan heard about a local shelter with an overflow of adult cats looking for homes. As a creative way to help, Meagan created adopter baskets to bring joy to cats and to give people an incentive to adopt—and it worked! Since then, Meagan has become a major advocate for ways to keep cats healthy and happy, and Joy 4 Cats has begun helping a number of shelters around the U.S. While not yet a 501©3, Meagan plans to become one in the future. She requests donations from cat care companies, and her baskets generally contain $50-$75 worth of goodies for new adopters. Partner shelters have found the baskets very helpful in promoting adoptions, and Megan is always happy to help more shelters in need, no matter the group’s size or location—so feel free to reach out! To learn more, you can email Meagan or check out Joy 4 Cats on Facebook and Instagram.
12/3/201921 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ashley Morrison, Foster Caregiver & Cat Advocate

fostering, which she initially began doing through local shelters, she has discovered a deep passion for TNR and advocacy and now works independently to take in, care for, spay/neuter, vaccinate, and adopt out cats and kittens. Ashley got involved in fostering kittens after she lost her father to suicide, and she talks with Stacy about how much fostering helped her and her mom through the grieving process. Ashley is a big believer in the fact that fostering can be great for your mental health and notes that the kittens were “an amazing distraction.” Stacy and Ashley talk about Ashley’s social media presence and how that has evolved for her over the years. She uses social media to facilitate adoptions and to fundraise, and it was through social media that she was nudged toward becoming an independent foster home. Ashley encourages everyone to adopt locally and to consider fostering. As she puts it, “You can change one kitten or one cat’s life just by being willing to give them a space in your bathroom … for a few short weeks.” To learn more about the work Ashley does, visit her website, or follow her (as Youngest Old Cat Lady) on Instagram,Facebook, and YouTube.  
11/26/201924 minutes
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Isa Peraza-Martinez, ASPCA Community Cats Outreach Manager

Isa Peraza Martinez began her career at the APSCA as an animal caregiver at the organization’s adoption center. Today, she serves as Community Cats Outreach Manager. In this role, she delivers monthly TNRM (trap-neuter-return-monitor) workshops, held in conjunction with several other organizations in New York City, and she serves as the primary point person for feral cat concerns from the NYPD. Isa and Stacy discuss what the TNRM workshops consist of, and how things have changed in New York City for community cats since 2011 when Isa began her work in the field. They also discuss a program Isa has developed in which area youth who are part of the NYPD Explorers program assist with building community cat shelters. In 2020, Isa hopes to translate the TNRM workshop into Spanish in order to reach even more caregivers and community members. If you live in the New York City area, you can get involved or register for a workshop at the ASPCA Pro Trap Neuter Return Certification page. If you have questions about community cats or need support, you can email Isa directly. If you are interested in the Spanish translation of Stacy’s Community Cat Pyramid, click here.
11/19/201921 minutes, 45 seconds
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Dr. Kimberley Khodakhah, Veterinarian, Mentor, Wellness & Success Coach

Dr. Kimberley Khodakhah (better known as “Dr. K.”) runs Vetopia, a mentoring, wellness, and coaching business serving veterinarians. With 23 years of experience as a veterinarian herself, Dr. K. knows the business inside and out—including the fact that the animal medical field can come with incredible stresses and challenges. She mentors new and recent veterinary school graduates to help them develop skills and to facilitate success during their first few years of practice, and she also coaches established veterinarians who are experiencing burnout or feeling unsatisfied with their career. In addition to her coaching work, Dr. K. is known for her incredible skill and patience when it comes to working with frightened patients, especially cats. Dr. K. also coordinates several veterinary outreach programs, where vets, vet students, and vet techs travel to underserved communities to provide veterinary care. In this episode, Dr. K. and Stacy discuss what led Dr. K. to dive into the field of coaching, and how excited she is about her veterinary outreach programs, which she believes are a great way for veterinarians to reignite their passion for the profession. To learn more, visit the Vetopia webpage, email Dr. K., or follow her on Facebook.
11/12/201920 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sally Williams, Brodie Fund and Feline Fine Project

Sally Williams, who previously chatted with Stacy on CCP Episode 104, is a cat behaviorist and the founder and director of the Brodie Fund. She joins Stacy to talk about her newest effort, the Feline Fine Project, which aims to educate cat guardians and offer solutions in order to get more cats in for annual veterinary exams each year. Sally shares with Stacy that 55% of owned cats don’t see a vet annually and 9% will never see a vet in their lifetime. The Feline Fine Project aims to change these statistics. Sally and Stacy talk about why so many cats don’t see a vet regularly, and about why annual exams are so important. Sally also offers some great tips on affording exams, and on getting cats used to carriers. To learn more about the Feline Fine Project, or about the Brodie Fund, contact Sally through the Brodie Fund website, or email her directly.
11/5/201925 minutes, 59 seconds
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Colleen Bray, Director, Boone County (KY) Animal Shelter

Colleen Bray, Director of the Boone County Kentucky Animal Shelter, has seen a lot of change with regards to cats in her time in animal welfare. She has worked in many roles in the field, and she joins Stacy to share not only her own shelter’s success stories but also the cumulative success of the northern Kentucky region. In 2011, Boone County Animal Shelter had a cat live release rate of 26.5%. In the fall of 2012, they began an animal control-administered TNR program, and by 2013, their cat live release rate had gone up to 46%. By 2015, they were TNRing every cat colony they could find, and in 2018, they achieved an incredible 94% live release rate for the 1,135 cats they took in that year. To learn more about Boone County Animal Shelter, you can visit their website (which is under construction at the time of this podcast), or you can email Colleen directly. Colleen also recommends visiting the Kentucky Animal Care and Control Association’s website to learn more about that organization and the training opportunities it offers Kentucky groups.
10/29/201919 minutes, 3 seconds
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Anna Skaya, Basepaws

Anna Skaya, the CEO of Basepaws, joined Stacy last year on CCP Episode 213, and now she’s back to update Stacy on everything that has happened in the past year—including a successful appearance on Shark Tank! Basepaws is a simple, at-home DNA test for your cat that can give you an idea of the breeds your cat has in its DNA, and if your cat is a carrier for certain genetic diseases. According to Anna, Basepaws is laser-focused on cats, and the Basepaws test represents the first time that so many genetic tests for cats have been combined into one—and that such testing has been made affordable. Anna and Stacy also discuss feline nutrition, and how genetic testing will affect the personalization of nutrition as more and more data is gathered. There is a lot of research happening at Basepaws, and your cat may even qualify for free testing and reports, depending on breed and health conditions. One of the issues Basepaws is particularly passionate about is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). As Anna puts it, Basepaws is “way more than just a cat genetic company; we are a feline health company.” To learn more, visit the Basepaws website and check them out on social media to see what other people are saying. If you’re interested in seeing if your kitty qualifies for free testing, visit Basepaw’s Research page. And be sure to sign up for their blog to learn more about upcoming research needs.                                                         Anna and Stacy also discuss feline nutrition, and how genetic testing will affect the personalization of nutrition as more and more data is gathered. There is a lot of research happening at Basepaws, and your cat may even qualify for free testing and reports, depending on breed and health conditions. One of the issues Basepaws is particularly passionate about is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). As Anna puts it, Basepaws is “way more than just a cat genetic company; we are a feline health company.” To learn more, visit the Basepaws website and check them out on social media to see what other people are saying. If you’re interested in seeing if your kitty qualifies for free testing, visit Basepaw’s Research page. And be sure to sign up for their blog to learn more about upcoming research needs.
10/22/201921 minutes, 4 seconds
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Chelsea White, Comedian and Host of “Show Me Your Kitty”

Chelsea White is a host, writer, producer, comedian, and cat enthusiast. She currently hosts the Bravo digital series “Adulting by Bravo,” a weekly Facebook live talk show called “What a Delight with Chelsea White,” and the dating podcast “Ghosted Stories.” She is also the creator and host of the “cat-pawsitive” web series “Show Me Your Kitty.” In this CCP episode, Stacy talks with Chelsea about how she came up with the concept for “Show Me Your Kitty,” and Chelsea describes some of her favorite moments from the show. You can learn more—and watch!—on the show’s website, or search for Chelsea White on YouTube. Note from Chelsea: not all shows are safe for watching at work or with the kids!
10/15/201919 minutes, 20 seconds
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Shelly Simmons, CAWA, Division Manager, Greenville (SC) County Animal Care

Shelly Simmons has worked for Greenville County Animal Care, the largest open-admission shelter in South Carolina, for twelve years now. She sits down with Stacy to talk about how, in the last four years, through the implementation of a variety of community cat programs, the shelter’s cat intake has decreased from 9,000 cats annually to under 3,000 a year. Most of this was accomplished by offering free spay/neuter for all community cats in Greenville County. A county resolution supporting community-wide TNR and a 2016 grant from the PetCo Foundation helped kick the program off. By focusing on giving the community the resources to help fix the overpopulation problem themselves, Shelly feels they have put together a truly sustainable program—and the great statistics that she shares with Stacy prove that it is also a successful one. Visit the Greenville County Animal Care Service website to learn more. You can also email Shelly directly at [email protected].
10/8/201929 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tabitha Kucera, Chirrups & Chatter Cat Behavior Consulting and Education

Tabitha Kucera, a presenter at this past January’s CCP Online Cat Conference, joins Stacy to discuss low-stress cat handling, clicker training, and more. Tabitha is a registered veterinary technician and a certified cat behavior training consultant. She is also certified in feline-friendly handling by both Fear Free and the Low-Stress Handling University. Tabitha has her own company, Chirrups & Chatter Cat Behavior Consulting and Education, along with a dog-related company, Positively Pawsitive Dog Behavior Consulting and Training. Tabitha knew early on in her life that she wanted to be a veterinary technician. Once she became one, however, seeing cats euthanized for behavioral and other reasons were deeply troubling to her. Tabitha felt, and continues to feel, that cats are often stereotyped and used as scapegoats—even by cat lovers—making it harder for them to get the help they need to stay in their homes. Tabitha feels that “Humans aren’t really set up for success for cats. They love their cats; they just don’t have the education to do their best.” Through Chirrups and Chatters, she hopes to change that. Tabitha and Stacy discuss low-stress, feline-friendly cat handling in-depth, and they touch on the concept of clicker training cats, including how it can helpful in a shelter environment. To learn more about Tabitha and the work she does, visit the Chirrups & Chatter website, or follow Chirrups & Chatter on Facebook or Instagram. Tabitha is always happy to share resources and encourages listeners to follow her to learn more about upcoming events, including a fearful kitten webinar coming up in September. For those interested in learning more about low-stress handling, Tabitha suggests checking out Fear Free, the Low Stress Handling University, International Cat Care, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners websites. Tabitha also recently wrote this article about feline-friendly handling. You can also view a video of feline-friendly handling techniques here. To learn more about clicker training cats, visit Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Pawsitive program for shelters.
10/1/201925 minutes, 13 seconds
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Jenny Hart, Travel Writer & Cat Mom

Jenny Hart, a Brooklyn-based travel writer and mom to cat Rajah, is quickly becoming a cat travel expert. Soon after adopting Rajah as a kitten, it became clear to Jenny that he needed more stimulation than life in a New York City apartment could provide. Jenny began training Rajah to walk on a harness and leash shortly thereafter. Since then, the pair has traveled together on planes, trains, and in cars to nine U.S. states and Washington, D.C., with more travel ahead in their future. In this episode, Jenny talks with Stacy about her must-have cat travel supplies, including a cat backpack and travel litter box. They discuss whether cats are the pet of the Millennial generation, as well as the positive impact that safe outdoor time can have on feline behavioral concerns. In addition, Jenny gives some tips on staying in hotels and rental properties with cats, and the frustration that so many “pet-friendly” establishments are really just dog-friendly—something that she and Rajah are working hard to change. To learn more, you can visit Jenny and Rajah’s website, or follow their adventures on Instagram. You can also read this recent Wall Street Journal article featuring Rajah and Jenny.
9/24/201922 minutes, 31 seconds
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Will Zweigart, Flatbush Cats

In this episode, Stacy sits down with Will Zweigart, founder of Flatbush Cats, a nonprofit focused on reducing the outdoor cat population in central Brooklyn, New York through TNR and rescue work. Flatbush Cats teaches TNR classes and offers support and resources for trappers. They are also launching a mobile spay/neuter clinic pilot program to support low-income residents, a project done in partnership with the Toby Project. Stacy & Will talk about the work Flatbush Cats does and the organization’s goals. Will talks about how he has been inspired by Stacy’s Community Cat Pyramid, which helped him think about how important getting to the root of the overpopulation problem is. As Will puts it, “There’s got to be a way to turn the water off, instead of just scooping buckets out of the basement.” Flatbush Cats is well known for their visual documentation of the work they do, and Will shares some of his tips and ideas on how best to use visual media. He discusses the idea of proactive fundraising by telling authentic stories and explains that platforms like Instagram help your supporters see exactly where their money is going. To learn more about Flatbush Cats and see the extraordinary video of how Will and his partners got started, visit their website. You can also follow them on their very active Instagram.
9/17/201924 minutes, 52 seconds
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Preston Tobery, Adaptive Tech and Consulting

Preston Tobery, an expert at “maker technologies” like 3D printing, is the founder of Adaptive Tech and Consulting, a small business that makes adaptive technologies for special needs animals. Preston came to this specific work through several remarkable interactions with the Kitten Lady (Hannah Shaw) and two of her foster kittens, Chloe and Badger. The success of the technology Preston designed to help Badger with his megaesophagus, the Mega Feeder 3000, convinced Preston that he should start a business.   You can learn more about Preston’s company and the devices he makes, including information on how to order, at the Adaptive Tech and Consulting website, or on their Facebookor Instagramsites. You can also check out Hannah Shaw’s video of Badgerthat started it all!
9/10/201920 minutes, 1 second
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Siri Zwemke, Author, Executive Director of Siamese Cat Rescue Center

In this episode, Stacy talks with Siri Zwemke, author and founder/executive director of the Siamese Cat Rescue Center. The organization has been in operation for over twenty years, utilizing over 900 volunteers to save over 13,000 cats in that time. Siri has also just published a book, Rescue Meez, about her experiences running the nonprofit and rescuing cats over the years. Siri and Stacy discuss how Siri came to start Siamese Cat Rescue Center, how decreasing shelter populations have affected breed-specific rescues, how SCRC works with breeders, and about some of the particulars of Siamese cats and their traits. To learn more about Siri’s new book, visit her Facebook pageor email her at [email protected]. You can order the book from Amazon and other online bookstores. Learn more about Siamese Cat Rescue Center at their website.
9/3/201920 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jayne Sage, Founder & Executive Director, Street Cat Hub

Jayne Sage began doing TNR when she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico around 2002. After TNRing over 70 cats in her own neighborhood, she began looking for ways to help in other areas of the city and before long, she was a major advocate for TNR citywide. In this episode, Jayne and Stacy discuss how TNR advocates, working in conjunction with the city of Albuquerque, were able to decrease the city’s feline euthanasia rate by 99% between 2009 and 2017. Some of this was accomplished through Best Friend Animal Society’s community cat program, where Jayne worked for several years. After the program ended, she went on to found Street Cat Hub to continue the program’s work. To learn more, visit Street Cat Hub’s websiteor email them at [email protected]. You can also check out The Impact of an Integrated Program of Return-to-Field and Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return on Feline Intake and Euthanasia at a Municipal Animal Shelter, anarticle by Dan Spehar and Peter Wolfe about the Albuquerque program’s history and statistics.
8/27/201923 minutes, 23 seconds
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I Am Moshow the Cat Rapper and “Double Duty”

In this special episode, Stacy talks with Moshow the Cat Rapper about teaming up with Arm and Hammer’s “Double Duty” campaign. Moshow wrote and created a song and video for the campaign, and if it gets two million views on YouTube by October 31, 2019, Arm and Hammer will donate $10,000 to ACCT Philly and to the Cat Adoption Team in Oregon. In addition to chatting about the Double Duty campaign, Moshow talks very personally with Stacy about the loss of his beloved cat Tali and how he is handling his grief. Moshow also has lots of plans for the rest of 2019 and 2020. To find out more about Moshow and what he has going on, check out his website - iammoshow.com.
8/17/201913 minutes, 11 seconds
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Betsy Banks Saul, Founder of Petfinder and Heal House Call Veterinarian (Part 2)

In the second part of this two-part episode, Stacy talks more with Betsy Banks Saul, this time about her new business venture, a franchise of house-call veterinary practices called Heal House Call Veterinarian. Betsy began thinking about this idea around 2013, and her top priority was to increase the quality of life for animals and for their people—including their veterinarians. Around this time, Betsy found herself frustrated and saddened by the fact that her own pets’ veterinarians seemed less than happy, and didn’t have the time to do the work they wanted to do. She started thinking about how hard it is to be creative and do creative problem solving when you’re stressed out. She soon posed this question to herself: “How could we change the trajectory of veterinary medicine in the United States?” The answer was Heal House Call Veterinarian. The model is driven by the idea that if your vet isn’t happy, they can’t deliver the best medicine—and everything rolls downhill from that idea. To learn more, visit the Heal House Call Veterinary website—and if you are or know of a veterinarian who might be interested in working with Heal House, email Betsy.
8/13/201915 minutes, 7 seconds
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Betsy Banks Saul, Founder of Petfinder and Heal House Call Veterinarian (Part 1)

Betsy Banks Saul, a co-founder of Petfinder, and founder of a new business venture, Heal House Call Veterinarian, has been working with animals since she was a teen. She has a background as a park ranger, with an interest in forestry. In the first part of this two-part episode, she talks with Stacy about the path that lead her from that world into developing the Petfnder.comsoftware with her ex-husband in 1996. Since that time, Betsy estimates that Petfinder.comhas had over two million adoptions annually. It was purchased by Discovery Communications in 2006, and then by Nestle Purina in 2013, and is one of the most successful interest businesses out there. Betsy and Stacy discuss how Petfinder came to be, and they also delve into the topic of compassion fatigue, including a discussion about Bartonella and why, if you work in the veterinary or animal sheltering fields, it may be important to get tested for it. Learn more about Petfinder and its current programs at Petfinder.com. To learn more about Bartonella, including the testing options Betsy discusses in the podcast, visit Galaxy Diagnostic’s website.
8/6/201932 minutes, 43 seconds
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A Brief Programing Note

Some of the content you enjoy will be releasing at on a different day of the week. Starting in August, the podcast will be released on Tuesdays instead of Saturdays. (However, being available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher or wherever you listen to podcasts, means that you can listen whenever you'd like!) Meanwhile, the blog will be posted on Thursdays instead of Mondays. We hope this change makes it more convenient for everyone to learn how to turn their passion for cats into action.
8/3/20191 minute, 8 seconds
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Dr. Rachel Geller, Certified Cat Behavior & Retention Specialist

Stacy is once again joined by Dr. Rachel Geller, who has previously appeared on CCP Episode 18 and Episode 146. A certified Humane Education Specialist and Cat Behavior & Retention Specialist, Rachel is celebrating the launch of her new book, Saving the World One Cat at a Time. Rachel tells Stacy that she hadn’t really entertained the idea of writing a book until the Boston Globe featured an article about her work. Shortly afterward, Nancy West, a Globe columnist, contacted Rachel to ask if she wanted to write a book with her. The book is an “as told to” book, meaning that Nancy West interviewed Rachel and then wrote the book. The information and stories, many of which are deeply personal, are all Rachel’s, but, as Rachel puts it, Nancy “really brought my work to life.” Stacy & Rachel discuss what that work entails, and how Rachel is doing a lot of work with shelter staff and volunteers to help keep cats in the homes they love by addressing behavior problems before they reach a crisis point. Stacy and Rachel discuss the top issues Rachel see in her works, why Rachel is “100% against declawing,” and the five things that Rachel feels are the most important tools you need to have a happy cat. To learn more, check out Saving the World One Cat at a Time on Amazon. A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated back to cat shelters. You can also reach out to Rachel directly at [email protected].
7/27/201919 minutes, 43 seconds
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Amanda Jones, Founder and CEO of Sunshine Kitty Catfe

Amanda Jones, a lifelong cat lover and self-described “totally sane cat lady,” talks with Stacy about opening the Sunshine Kitty Catfe in St. Petersburg, Florida this fall. They get into the details of how the café will operate, as well as how Amanda came to be interested in cat cafes. At the age of 8, Amanda had her first experience as a “cat whisperer,” in which she charmed a stray kitten at her father’s office into coming to her. That kitten became Amanda’s first pet cat of her own, and a lifetime of love for cats was born. Amanda eventually went on to work as a veterinary assistant, but after visiting a cat café in Seattle, she had an inkling of what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Currently working as a nurse (for people), Amanda tells Stacy that she always feels wonderfully calm and peaceful when she visits a cat café. In addition, she feels a real sense of community with other cat lovers, and it is exactly this feeling she plans to bring to Sunshine Kitty Catfe. Opening and operating a cat café is Amanda’s way of bridging her love for helping animals with a way to make a difference in people’s lives. To learn more, you can visit Sunshine Kitty Catfe’s website. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram, or you can reach out to Amanda directly at [email protected].
7/20/201917 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mary Chromek, Neonatal Kitten Foster

Stacy chats with Mary Chromek, who has been fostering neonatal (bottle baby) kittens for over 10 years now. A cat person since she was a child, Mary found that cats really helped with her depression and anxiety, and as she got older, she decided to give back by fostering for local organizations. She soon realized there was a real need for bottle baby fosters, and learned everything she could about this specialized area of foster care. Mary and Stacy discuss some specifics around bottle baby care, including Mary’s preferred supplies, and some information on treating fleas on neonates. Mary also offers some great tips on how to determine if kittens found alone outdoors really need help. One thing Mary has come to believe over her years of fostering is that if more organizations were able to support their foster homes more fully—with all the training and supplies they need—more people would be willing to help, and this, in turn, would save more feline lives. With this in mind, Mary is in the process of starting up her own nonprofit, Foster Purrs, that will specialize in neonates. “I just want to save lives and fully support the fosters so more people are willing,” she tells Stacy. To learn more about Mary’s work, you can find Foster Purrs (and their Amazon wishlist) on Facebook and Instagram.
7/13/201918 minutes, 55 seconds
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Steve Lawrence, Director of “The Cat Rescuers”

Steve Lawrence, an award-winning filmmaker previously interviewed by Stacy on CCP Episode 178, returns to CCP to discuss the documentary film he co-directed, The Cat Rescuers. The film premiered in October 2018 at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where it won an award for “giving voice to the voiceless.” Since then, Steve and his production company have set about making the film available for community screenings that can be used as fundraisers for rescue and TNR groups. This can be done either directly through the filmmakers, or through an online platform called Tugg, which will take care of the logistical details for you. Steve tells Stacy that his intention with this film was to make something that would help raise awareness about TNR and adoptions. One of the other points of the film was to make the point that much of this work that is being done to help cats is done on a volunteer basis and that the groups around the country need ways to sustain themselves. Steve hopes that the film allows people to raise awareness in their own communities about what it takes to do this kind of work, and also about why and how TNR is effective. “Our intention was to make a film that would be of use to the rescue community not only in the U.S. but around the world—but we also wanted to make a film that would be emotionally engaging and sufficiently entertaining that it would grab an average viewer who’s just looking for a good story, for an interesting story with compelling characters—and I think we’ve achieved both.” To learn more about The Cat Rescuers, including where/how to attend or host a screening, visit the film’s website. To host a screening where the details (like finding a location and ticket sales) are all taken care of for you, go can go through Tugg’s online booking interface.
7/6/201922 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dr. Sara Pizano, DVM, Team Shelter USA

Stacy sits down with Dr. Sara Pizano (a previous CCP guest on Episode 56, Episode 171, and Episodes 246and 247) to discuss Dr. Pizano’s new book, The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters. The book is a result of the more than 100 assessments Dr. Pizano has done at shelters around the country as a Team Shelter USA consultant. She realized that the shelters she was working with were all struggling with the same issues. More importantly, she realized that the solutions needed to decrease euthanasia rates were always the same—so she decided to write this playbook so that those solutions can be used by anyone, anywhere. Dr. Pizano’s number one tip, which she shares in this interview with Stacy, is that your shelter space should be used only for animals with no other options. Dr. Pizano discusses with Stacy her belief that there should be no stray hold periods for cats, and her strong belief in Return-to-Field. She & Stacy go on to discuss the best ways to talk to your elected officials, and what kind of data to focus on. “Get the information,” Dr. Pizano says, “present the facts in a very professional way—not emotional—and just educate your elected officials.” Finally, Dr. Pizano talks more about her new book. It is for everyone, no matter what role you play in animal welfare, and it includes lots of success stories. The idea, Dr. Pizano tells Stacy, is to change your perspective and inspire you. “This is about the answers that every single sheltering community has at their fingertips,” she says. The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters is available now through Amazon. To learn more about having an assessment done at your shelter, visit the Team Shelter USA website.
6/29/201924 minutes, 45 seconds
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Peter Wolf, Research & Policy Analyst for Best Friends Animal Society

Peter Wolf, previously featured on CCP Episode 74, joins Stacy again, this time to discuss a newly released research paper that he and Dan Spehar (CCP Episode 240) have co-authored. The paper, titled “Integrated Return-To-Field and Targeted Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return Programs Result in Reductions of Feline Intake and Euthanasia at Six Municipal Animal Shelters,” has been published inFrontiers in Veterinary Science, an online, peer-reviewed journal. For this paper, Peter and Dan pulled a very large set of data (around 73,000 cats) from six of Best Friends’ Community Cat Programs. These programs are staffed by Best Friends and the locations are selected through a highly competitive application process. They all integrate Return-to-Field (RTF) with targeted TNR programs, a combination that Peter feels is vital to success. Across the board over these programs during the research period, Peter and Dan found a median decrease in feline euthanasia of 83%, a median decrease in feline intake of 32%, and a median reduction in intake of kittens ages eight weeks or under of 41%. All of this data, Peter says, adds to the body of information telling us that community cat programs offer a real benefit to shelters, the community and the cats. To learn more about Best Friends, their work with community cats, and their upcoming conference, visit their website. You can also contact Peter directly with questions, or read his and Dan Spehar’s full paper here.  
6/22/201924 minutes, 18 seconds
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Scott Giacoppo, Director of National Shelter Outreach, Best Friends Animal Society

Scott Giacoppo (previously interviewed by Stacy on CCP Episode 25) has been involved in animal welfare since 1989. Among other roles, he has worked as an animal control officer and a special state police officer for cruelty investigations. He currently serves as the Director of National Shelter Outreach for Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, Scott oversees the development of life-saving efficacy and sustainability for animal welfare agencies across the United States. He & his team provide support to each of the eight Best Friends regions, working with the regional teams in each area that are working directly with individual shelters to help them accomplish their missions. Scott’s team works mostly with municipal agencies, and he tells Stacy that more & more agencies are recognizing what we’ve been doing for decades to decrease the community cat population—trap & remove—is just not working, so more and more agencies are now embracing TNR. Scott sees this as part of a shift toward animal control becoming more of a proactive resource, instead of just a reactive one, as it has so often been in the past. Scott and Stacy also discuss the “best practices” resources he has helped gather, covering everything from how to do managed intake to how to conduct a dangerous dog investigation. All of these resources are available to download for free on the Best Friends website. In addition, Scott and Stacy talk about some recent policy changes around cats at the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA), including abandoning their support for cat licensing and publicly recognizing that trap and remove does not work to control community cat populations. To learn more, visit the Best Friends website or email Scott directly. You can find the Community Cats best practices manual here and the Humane Animal Control Manual here.
6/15/201926 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jackson Cunningham, Founder of Tuft + Paw

In this episode, Stacy talks with Jackson Cunningham, founder of Tuft + Paw, a modern cat furniture company. Jackson and his girlfriend and business partner both have had cats all their lives, and describe themselves as obsessed with cats. After a trip to South America in which they observed stray cats being treated like pests, they swore that if a business opportunity came along that allowed them to help the stray cat community, they would jump on it. Fast forward a few months, and Jackson and his girlfriend had just moved into a beautiful new apartment that they wanted to furnish for both themselves and their cat. The problem was, they couldn’t find much in the way of nice, high-quality cat furniture. This was when the idea for Tuft + Paw was born. Tuft + Paw works with cat behaviorists, veterinarians, and even shelters to design from the ground up. They currently sell both their own products and products made by others, but as they expand their own design and manufacturing, one thing they are very focused on is sustainability. Not only do they try to make sure their products will last for life (or have replaceable parts, like the sisal on cat trees), they are also careful to source materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible, like recycled ocean plastic. Jackson and Stacy also talk about e-commerce and affiliate programs (and how they can help shelters), as well as the pitfalls of social media in terms of where the best bang for your buck is. Tuft + Paw has recently launched both an affiliate program and a unique referral program benefitting the Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles. To learn more, visit the Tuft + Paw website or follow them on Instagram. Shelters interested in exploring being part of the Tuft + Paw affiliate program, can emailJackson directly.
6/8/201922 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sarah Dunsmore, CDE Animal Cages

In this episode, Stacy is joined by Sarah Dunsmore, who co-owns CDE Animal Cages with her husband. Lifelong animal lovers, Sarah and her husband purchased the thirty-year old company several years ago and decided to shift its focus to helping shelter and rescue groups. As a small, family-owned company, CDE wants to help connect shelters and rescues with caging that helps keep their animals healthier, and helps make their staff’s jobs easier. Sarah and Stacy discuss how changes in cat caging—including the “portalization” of cat cages—have run parallel to the shift from high euthanasia rates saving as many cat lives as possible. CDE cat cages have portals that can connect cages horizontally or vertically, as well as individual panels that can be easily removed, allowing shelters to customize their caging arrangement. In fact, one of Sarah’s favorite things is working with individual groups to truly customize their cages so they can get exactly what will work best for their space and their needs. Another unique offering at CDE is catios. CDE got involved with the Oregon Feral Cat Coalition’s “Cats Safe at Home” campaign* a couple years ago, and since then, have really become enthusiastic about catios. Sarah and Stacy talk about how catios benefit cats mentally and physically, and also benefit birds and wildlife by keeping them safe from cats. CDE can cater to whatever individuals or groups have in mind for their catios. To learn more, visit the CDE Animal Cageswebsite. From there, you can also feel free to call or email. Sarah is always happy to start a conversation about how CDE can help you and your group. *Stacy interviewed Karen Kraus of the Oregon Feral Cat Coalition, along with Bob Sallinger of the Aubudon Society of Portland, in CCP Episode 262. Check it out to learn more about the Cats Safe at Home campaign.
6/1/201925 minutes, 17 seconds
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Christina Ha, Cat Camp & Meow Parlour Cat Café

Christina Ha joins Stacy again (having been interviewed by Stacy in CCP episode 144 and episode 245), this time to discuss the third annual Cat Camp event, to be held this June 1 and 2 in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Christina, who is one of the co-founders of Meow Parlour cat café, founded Cat Camp in 2017 as a resource for the many people who were asking her about how they could help cats and learn more about them.   Cat Camp is for anyone who likes cats, whether you’re a cat owner who wants to learn more about your pet, a shelter or rescue worker or volunteer, or just someone who thinks Cat Camp sounds interesting. Basically, Christina tells Stacy, “If you love cats, we’ll have something for you this weekend.”   In past years, between 2,000 and 3,000 people have attended Cat Camp each year, and this year looks like it will be just as well attended, with people from 30 states and 9 countries having already purchased tickets. This year’s speakers include many previous CCP guests, including Jackson Galaxy, “Kitten Lady” Hannah Shaw, Nikki Martinez, and Dr. Mikel Delgado, plus many more.   This year, Cat Camp is really “leaning in” to the “camp” theme, with speakers (aka “camp counselors”) also holding small-scale “counseling” sessions on more in-depth topics. Attendees will be able to ask the experts directly about the topics at hand. Understandably, these sessions sold out immediately!   Cat Camp will also have tons of vendors this year, with offerings from jewelry to veterinary advice. In addition, Meow Parlour will be setting up an onsite cat café at the event for the first time. Cat Camp has also partnered with ASPCA this year to offer TNR certification during the event. Earning your certification will get you access to free spay/neuter for trapped cats through the ASPCA’s program!   To learn more or buy your tickets, visit the Cat Camp website—and be sure to stop by the CCP booth at Cat Camp to say hi to Kristen (our technical cat) and get some CCP swag!
5/25/201920 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bryan Kortis, Director of National Programs, Neighborhood Cats

For the 300thepisode of Community Cats Podcast, Stacy is joined by Bryan Kortis, Director of National Programs for Neighborhood Cats. Previously featured on CCP Episode 13, Episode 127, and Episode 218, Bryan is back to talk about how things are going for community cats in Hawaii, and about the new book he has co-authored. And of course, he and Stacy discuss the ongoing webinar series that CCP and Neighborhood Cats are partnering on. Bryan, who is now located in Hawaii, reports that Neighborhood Cats has established a great partnership with the Maui Humane Society. MHS has a high-volume spay/neuter clinic that handles community cats, and over the past two years, the shelter has seen live release rates for cats go from around 25% to over 90%! He is also seeing some progress on Oahu as a result of working with humane organizations there. In general, the wildlife and conservation community is still opposed to TNR in Hawaii, and Bryan reports that Neighborhood Cats’ early efforts to sit down with these groups to get on the same page did not meet with success. So they have chosen to focus on the work at hand—how to get the cats under control—rather than on trying to convince the “other side” of the merits of TNR. Bryan feels that people are hungry for practical solutions, so Neighborhood Cats just keeps on doing the work they feel needs to be done. “We don’t ignore the concerns,” he says, “but we’re not going to let the debate stop us from making progress.” Bryan also has a new book out called The Return to Field Handbook, which he co-authored with HSUS’s Danielle Bays and two other leaders in the community cat world. The book arose as people were starting to think that Return to Field (RTF) was a good idea, but didn’t have a lot of information on how to implement such a program. So the authors decided to put together a handbook to start to build a base of knowledge around RTF. Stacy and Bryan talk at length about some of the keys to an RTF program, and also some of the sticking points for shelters—particularly dealing with healthy, friendly cats. Bryan cautions against going on an “auto-pilot” or one-size-fits-all approach and notes that each individual cat’s circumstances must be examined carefully. He also notes that “TNR and RTF…are two sides of the same coin; they’re both parts of a good community cat program.” To learn more or get your copy of The Return to Field Handbook, visit the Neighborhood Cats website’s resource section. You can also get a copy of the book, as well as more information on TNR and RTF at the Humane Society of the United States website.
5/18/201932 minutes, 18 seconds
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Lindsay Hamrick, Policy Director for Companion Animals, HSUS

Lindsay Hamrick, Policy Director for Companion Animals at the Humane Society of the United States, works to support local, state and federal policies protecting pets. She holds an M.S. in Animals & Public Policy from Tufts University and was the New Hampshire state director for HSUS prior to her current role. She spent ten years as CEO at three different New Hampshire animal shelters and, like so many of our guests, knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals. In her operational positions, Lindsay came to realize how much policy can affect the work of animal shelters—even though most shelter workers are so busy they often can’t pause to think about it until they have to. For Lindsay, one of those “have to” moments was in dealing with the New Hampshire state restriction on adopting out FIV and FeLV+ cats. She worked to change that rule, and she is now trying to take her “on-the-ground” experience in shelter operations and apply it on a national, policy level. Lindsay tells us that it’s important not only to make sure that there aren’t negative policies affecting the community cat population but that it’s also critical to be proactive and progressive about policy. Lindsay and Stacy speak at length about the incredibly successful Spay-a-Thon for Puerto Rico program, as well as the current state of affairs for animals in Puerto Rico. They also touch on some “hot topics” in legislation affecting community cats around the country right now, including some good bills in the works in the Midwest. To learn more about HSUS and their work with community cats, you can contact Lindsay directly via email or you can reach out to Danielle Bays, Director of Cat Protection and Policy at HSUS.  
5/11/201924 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dave Hanley, CEO of Tomorrow

Dave Hanley, developer of the Tomorrow app, is an entrepreneur who is also a pet (and human) parent. Tomorrow is designed to help anyone set up a legal will quickly and easily—and even appoint guardians for their pets and/or children. The app is free, with no strings attached. (It is funded by the optional sale of life insurance products.) Dave’s own love for cats began as a child when his parents gave his older sister a kitten one Christmas. Since then, Dave has always felt a connection to cats and currently shares his home with two twin sister cats. He was inspired to create Tomorrow after learning that 50 million children are not protected by legal guardianships providing for their care. Dave’s experiences in wading through his own parents’ outdated estate plans and documents after their deaths provided additional motivation to develop the app, which he hopes will encourage everyone to protect themselves and their families with these important documents. One experience that really stuck with Dave after his mother’s death was the challenge of finding a new home for her cat. The process took him and his siblings quite a while, and the whole time, he felt certain that someone in his mother’s retirement community would have taken the cat in—but neither he nor his siblings had any idea who might have been willing, because they had never had that conversation with their mother, nor had his mother ever noted the information anywhere. The Tomorrow app would have solved all that, had it been available, as it not only allows you to set up guardians for your pets, it also allows you to enter important information about them and their health, diet, etc. Dave encourages everyone to have conversations about what will happen to your pets, children, and assets after your death. “It’s not dark,” he tells Stacy; “it’s just having a plan.” You can learn more on the Tomorrow website , or you can download Tomorrow through an app store—it’s available for both Apple and Android phones.
5/4/201921 minutes, 20 seconds
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Susan Getty, Project Manager for Alliance for Contraception for Cats & Dogs

Susan Getty, a Project Manager for the Alliance for Contraception for Cats & Dogs (ACC&D) joins Stacy to discuss diversity (and the lack of diversity) in animal welfare in this episode. Susan has worked in animal welfare for almost a decade, most recently at ACC&D, which you may remember from Stacy’s interviews with their president, Joyce Briggs. If you need to get up to speed on ACC&D and their mission to advance nonsurgical fertility control for, check out CCP Episodes 157 and 253.   In this episode, Stacy and Susan talk about how Susan became interested in animal welfare, and the path she followed to get where she is now. Susan holds a masters degree in Animals in Public Policy from Tufts University. Over the course of her career, she has put a lot of time and energy into self-reflection around the biases she feels have sometimes gotten in her way when trying to put effective programs into action to help animals and people. Susan encourages all of us to examine these biases, including the myths we may encounter around different ethnic groups’ approaches to animals. For Susan, buying into these kinds of myths means just one thing: that we miss out on opportunities to help more animals and more people. She points out that we sometimes are so focused on the animals that we forget the role people play in the work we are trying to do—and therefore we sometimes say things that are exclusionary or offensive.   Susan and Stacy go on to discuss the fact that animal welfare in the U.S. is largely a white movement, and they consider some steps we can all take to find, listen to, and learn from diverse voices. “There’s a lot that… other voices can provide,” Susan tells Stacy, “and I think we should do a better job of seeking those voices out.”   To learn more, Susan encourages people to seek out voices of marginalized communities and to learn from them and their different perspectives. One resource she suggests is the Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life program reading list.
4/20/201921 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kate Hurley, DVM, Director of U.C. Davis Koret School of Veterinary Medicine and Co-founder of Million Cat Challenge

You may remember Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of U.C. Davis Koret School of Veterinary Medicine and co-founder of Million Cat Challenge, from CCP Episode 47. If not, be sure to check it to hear all about how Dr. Hurley got started in the world of animal welfare. In this episode, Dr. Hurley is back to talk with Stacy about the amazing success of the Million Cat Challenge (MCC) program that she co-founded with Dr. Julie Levy three years ago. Dr. Hurley talks about what she calls a “stunning transformation” that has taken place in the field of animal sheltering for cats since last time she was on the show, beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Not only did the MCC hit its goal (a year early!), the program has seen many shelters decrease their euthanasia rates by 80-90% after joining the MCC. These shelters have saved over a million more cat lives compared to their own baselines before joining the MCC. Stacy and Dr. Hurley discuss the specifics behind the numbers, and how the MCC was set up to amplify successes that were already happening in animal welfare. The idea was to connect people with each other and to make the progress that is happening for cats more visible in order to inspire both commitment and hope. The program has definitely done just that, with nearly 1,311 fewer cats being euthanized per day in the United States now. “This can be the new norm for cats,” Dr. Hurley believes. She goes on to discuss what’s next for the MCC, which is “the right outcome” for every single cat that comes to a shelter in North America.” She hopes that CCP listeners will help out by visiting the MCC website, making sure that their local shelter is enrolled in the program—and if not, stopping by and taking with them about it! To learn more, visit the Million Cat Challenge website. You can see if your local shelter is a participant by clicking on “Who’s Involved.” You can also check out Dr. Hurley’s recent webinar presentation on Cats, Birds, and Animal Shelters: Seeking Common Ground.
4/13/201925 minutes, 12 seconds
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Nikki Martinez, Trapper, Foster Mom, and Feline Welfare Activist

Nikki Martinez was always a dog person. That all changed one day when a kitten ran in front of her car on her way to a post-surgical doctor appointment. Feeling down and overly focused on herself after her surgery, Nikki poured her heart and soul into nursing that sickly kitten back to health, and eventually found it a new home. In the process, Nikki herself began to heal—and she found herself hooked on helping cats. Today, Nikki fosters kittens, serves on the board of directors for a Las Vegas TNR organization called C5, traps community cat colonies with C5, manages a popular kitten Instagram page, and runs a side business called Fostering a Purpose. She specializes in caring for critical care and neonatal kittens, and has fostered hundreds of kittens over the years. It took her a while to see the connection between the kittens she was fostering and TNR, but once she did, she devoted even more of her energy to TNR. As she put it, “I’d picture a bucket that’s overflowing with water, maybe it has a hole in it and the water’s gushing out. You can either mop up the water, or you can put a plug in the hole—and TNR really puts the plug in the hole and stops these cats from breeding on the street, which ultimately stops kittens from suffering.” In this interview, Nikki and Stacy talk trapping—strategy, trap and bait preferences, how to handle injured feral cats, whether there has ever been a cat Nikki couldn’t trap—and even using plumbing “snake” cameras to assist with trapping. Nikki loves working as a volunteer trapper for C5. “It’s such a satisfying feeling to know that these colonies of cats won’t be breeding anymore,” she tells Stacy. Nikki also has an Instagram account for her foster kittens as a way to share knowledge and information about cats and cat overpopulation with folks who can’t help but click on her cute kitten pictures. The page has blown up and Nikki sees it as a great way to get people involved in fostering and TNR. As a result of her Instagram page and interest in purchasing and selling merchandise there, Nikki started Fostering a Purpose. The company sells high-quality cat-related apparel for people and donates a portion of the proceeds to feline welfare causes. As part of C5, Nikki has been part of a big change for community cats in Las Vegas over the past decade. The group has TNRed over 35,000 cats, and since 2009, the euthanasia rate at the local municipal shelter has gone down an astounding 90%. “It’s just a small, simple organization with volunteers, making a huge impact in Las Vegas.” To learn more, you can follow Nikki and her foster kittens@myfosterkittenson Instagram, visit the Fostering a Purpose website, or check out the C5 website.
4/6/201923 minutes, 58 seconds
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Danielle Bays, Director of Cat Protection and Policy, HSUS

Danielle Bays, Director of Cat Protection and Policy at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is a frequent flyer here on CCP, having appeared before on Episode 55and Episode 261. She joins Stacy again here to talk about what’s going on across the country for cats, and about various events happening in the animal welfare world this spring. One such event is HSUS’S annual Animal Care Expo conference, being held this year in New Orleans on April 15-18. Danielle tells Stacy that not only will there be a cat track again this year, there will also be a day-long program devoted to kittens, and lots more about cats within the other conference tracks, like behavior and veterinary. Jackson Galaxy will be at the conference as a speaker on cat behavior, and also as part of a roundtable session with attendees. There will be a session in the veterinary track about FIV and FeLV, which will discuss everything you need to know to get those cats adopted like any other cat in your shelter! Several sessions on trapping will also be included, including one focused on return to field, one on how to deal with large-scale colonies, and one on “cat counting.” Stacy and Danielle also review the 2019 legislative update for cats, including several declaw initiatives making their way through the channels and how people can make the declaw issue a more pressing one for their elected officials. There is also interesting cat-related legislation happening in South Carolina and Illinois, and Danielle feels that each year, the “temperature” for community cats gets better and better across the United States. “We’re just seeing such great work throughout the country,” Danielle tells Stacy. “These ideas that we have about how we handle cats in shelters, how we treat cats outdoors, are really gaining so much traction.” To learn more about HSUS, legislation, and the Animal Care Expo conference, visit animalsheltering.org. You can also can get in touch with Danielle directly at [email protected].
3/30/201922 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, Cat Behaviorist

Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist with a Ph.D. in psychology, has quite a list of accomplishments under her belt. She has co-authored the book Total Cat Mojowith Jackson Galaxy, and she currently co-owns a cat behavior consulting business called Feline Minds, which assists both pet owners and shelters. Mikel is also a post doc fellow at the University of California at Davis doing research on cat behavior in multi-cat households and on the health and development of orphaned neonatal kittens. Mikel was, in her own words, “obsessed with cats” even as a child, though she never had particular aspirations toward being a vet, and it never really occurred to her until much later in life that she could have a job working with cats. Soon after the death of a beloved pet cat, Mikel began volunteering at the San Francisco SPCA, an organization with a robust cat behavior program. Mikel was hooked and ended up working for the SFSPCA for eight years before leaving to pursue her education. Today, Mikel and her business partner work on many feline behavior cases, most of which, Mikel tells us, are due to an under-stimulating environment. She explains that keeping cats indoors restricts their experiences, and if you don’t replace those outdoor experiences with something else stimulating, it will lead to behavior problems. Mikel is also conducting some fascinating research on cats—all of it either on pet cats in their homes or on foster kittens in the pre-existing UC Davis neonatal kitten foster program. (In other words, there are no lab cats here!) Tune in to hear the details of Mikel’s research and how it may help future cats and kittens in homes and shelters. For more information,visit Mikel’s website, or you can follow her on Twitter @mikel_maria.
3/23/201925 minutes, 49 seconds
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Karen Anderson, Animal Communicator, Afterlife Expert, and Coach

In this interview, Stacy speaks with Karen Anderson, an animal communicator and afterlife expert who has been practicing for over 20 years. She has received several awards and is a best-selling author of several books as well, including her most recent, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals. As far back as Karen can remember, she has always loved animals. They were her very best friends and for many years, she thought everyone could understand and talk to them the way she could. It wasn’t until she worked in law enforcement many years later, however, that her animal communication abilities really came forward in a big way. She has no formal training as an animal communicator, just a very deep love of animals. In fact, Karen feels that anyone can learn to communicate with animals, and that you don’t need any special skills. “I can teach most people how to send their first message in 15 minutes; that’s how easy it is,” she tells Stacy. She and Stacy go on to talk about overcoming negative and doubt-filled thought patterns, and Stacy shares why animal communication has been in her own toolbox for many years now—and why she feels people should be willing to consider it. Karen tells Stacy that most of her clients come to her either during the hospice process, or after they have lost a beloved pet. She loves to work with people going through these incredibly difficult periods and is constantly amazed by how just one message from a pet can bring so much peace and healing to those who are grieving. To learn more about Karen, her work, and her services, visit her website, or find her on Facebook. You can find her books such as Hear All Creatures! The Journey of an Animal Communicator, The Secret Inner Life of Pets: A Leading Psychologist and an Animal Communicator Bring You the Love and Wisdom of Animals, and Amazing Paranormal Encounters Volume 2 on Amazon and Audible.* *As an Amazon Associate The Community Cats Podcast earns from qualifying purchases.
3/16/201929 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kim Saunders, Operations Director, Liberty Humane Society

Kim Saunders was a practicing attorney when she decided to move into the animal welfare world full-time (after years of volunteering). She spent 15 years at Petfinder before moving into a more hands-on role at St. Hubert’s. She is now the Operations Director at Liberty Humane Society (LHS), the only licensed animal shelter in Hudson County, NJ, which one of most densely populated counties in the state. Hudson County has rich cultural and socioeconomic diversity, with 15% of the population falling under the poverty line. LHS provides all animal control services, as well as shelter and adoption services to the county. In this interview, Stacy and Kim discuss how the recent government shutdown has impacted shelters, particularly pet retention programs. Kim is passionate about keeping animals that already have a home in those homes, and LHS offers a flexible pet retention program that assists with whatever people need—from super basic supplies like crates and litter to more complex needs like intensive medical care. During the government shutdown, LHS collaborated with another area group to make sure that the needs of local pet owners facing shutdown-related difficulties were being met. LHS has also recently added a Community Cat Coordinator to its staff. This role, which is currently about 80% outreach, is tasked with coordinating and expanding the subsidized community cat spay/neuter program LHS began last year. They have a mobile spay/neuter clinic and they partner with another New Jersey group to provide services on that vehicle to both community cats and owned pets as well. The Community Cat Coordinator is in charge of community outreach regarding the spay/neuter program and community cat issues in general, and LHS plans to allow the position to grow and change to meet the current needs of the local community. Liberty Humane is always glad to share what they’re doing and to hear about what others are doing. You can learn more about them or get in touch via their website.
3/9/201924 minutes, 57 seconds
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Elena Battles, Shelterluv

Elena Battles of Shelterluv software has been working for animals in one capacity or another since 1999. It was then that she found Trini, a stray beagle who truly changed her life. Elena had been working as a physical therapist, but after rescuing Trini, she was re-awakened to the issues facing animals, and decided to change paths. She began volunteering, then moved on to several staff roles in animal welfare organizations all over the country. Now, at Shelterluv, Elena helps provide those in the animal welfare world with access to the technology she wishes she had when she worked in a shelter. Elena knows that working in animal welfare operations is much more complex than just working with animals, so she is so excited to be able to give people the technology tools to help make that job easier. She tells Stacy that considering making a change in systems often starts with asking some important questions about your organization (and she shares what those questions are). Elena & Stacy talk about configurability vs. customization, and the move towards getting animal welfare software systems to “speak” to each other. Elena also discusses the fact that as far as cost goes, there are a wide range of choices in animal welfare shelter platforms. If you’re thinking about animal welfare software—whether for the first time, or as a change from your existing system, this interview has some great tips for you. In addition, Elena is happy to give you her advice and point you in the right direction, even if it’s not to Shelterluv. To learn more, visit the Shelterluv website or email Elena. You can also find Shelterluv at many animal welfare conferences, like HSUS and Best Friends.
3/2/201923 minutes, 57 seconds
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Kay Stout, ED of PAAS Vinita

Kay Stout is the Executive Director of PAAS Vinita in Oklahoma, a multi-faceted group that grew out of the initial shelter that gives the group its name (PAAS stands for “Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter”). Back in 2015, the shelter opened, but no one was coming in to adopt the animals. That’s when Kay realized they had to do something different. She reached out to animal welfare contacts and soon had a transfer program set up with Dumb Friends Animal League in Colorado. Today, the group continues large transports of dogs, as well as occasional transport of cats, to Colorado, but it also serves as a local resource center. PAAS offers spay/neuter services to local cats, a TNR program, and is also helping many groups work toward 90%+ save rates through the Save Lives, Unite Oklahoma project. Kay and Stacy talk extensively about the history of PAAS, including Kay’s successful early strategy of getting a handful of community leaders onboard with what she was doing. Having these people on her side made it easy for her to move her programs forward without encountering a lot of pushback. Kay feels strongly that folks in animal welfare need to do their best to find common ground with the people they are trying to work with. If that doesn’t happen, she tells Stacy, progress stops, and may never start again—and that means that lives of cats and dogs waiting to be rescued may be lost. To learn more, you can visit the PAAS Vinita website. To learn more about Save Lives, Unite Oklahoma, contact Kay at [email protected].  
2/23/201923 minutes, 33 seconds
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Sandy Rees, Arf Club Founder

Sandy Rees, the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) at Get Fully Funded and Founder of Arf Club, joins us for her second visit to Community Cats Podcast. If you missed her first chat with Stacy, check it out here. Sandy’s company shows passionate nonprofit leaders how to fully fund their big visions so they can spend their time saving lives instead of worrying about money. Based in Loudon, TN, Sandy teaches her students to focus on donor outreach, authentic messaging, and relationship building in their fundraising. In this episode, she talks with Stacy about some of the current trends she’s seeing in fundraising for the small nonprofit (hint: think videos!). She also gives some great tips around what constitutes “authentic messaging,” shares a simple ratio to follow to prevent