Compassion for Community Cats Conference
Thanks to all who attended the conference. It was an outstanding success.
See below for conference handouts and check back at this website for future updates on this collaborative effort.
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Community cat advocates > Join community cat advocates from throughout the Sacramento region for a day-long conference featuring presentations on key topics affecting feral and other free-roaming cats in our community.
Keynote on collaboration > The event will begin with a keynote presentation by Bryan Kortis from PetSmart Charities on community collaboration and working together to build a trap-neuter-return (TNR) movement.
Panel discussions on colony management > Panel discussions will feature topic such as responsible colony management, mass trapping projects, working with resistant property owners, post-TNR care, relocation and barn homes, and a discussion of veterinary resources for feral cats led by Dr. Laurie Siperstein-Cook, chief of shelter medicine for the Sacramento SPCA.
“Feral freedom” > A special lunchtime presentation will feature Dr. Cristie Kamiya of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and Staycee Dains of the City of San Jose Animal Care and Services discussing the concept of “feral freedom,” in which feral cats who are brought to shelters are spayed/neutered and returned to the location where they were trapped rather than being held at the shelter. Other shelter strategies to address feral cats will also be discussed.
Breakout sessions > The conference will end with breakout sessions during which attendees can brainstorm on community collaboration ideas.
Sharing corral > There will also be a “sharing corral” where groups can distribute information and share resources. All attendees are encouraged to bring flyers, business cards, brochures or any other information about the resources your groups offer for cats.
Registration fee > Registration for the day-long event is $20 through July 15th and $30 from July 16 to 31. This fee covers the cost of a continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials. Space is limited to 100 attendees so register early. Registrations will only be accepted on site if space is available.
Supporters > The event is made possible by the following generous supporters – ASPCA, California Auto Museum, “Chef 2 You,” City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, Coalition for Community Cats, DeVincis Delicatessen and Catering, GW Print Media, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, The Humane Society of the United States, It’s a Grind (Elk Grove/Bruceville Roads), LAPCATS, Sacramento Area Animal Coalition, Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation, Sacramento SPCA, Teaching Everyone Animals Matter (TEAM), and Transport Graphics.
Important Info for All Attendees … Any additional funds received from registration fees after the conference expenses are paid will go to the SAAC Feral Cat Coupon program. So you’ll be helping cats in the Sacramento community by attending.