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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Rethinking the Animal Shelter's Role in Free-Roaming Cat Management

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"Given the reality that fewer than 1 in 8,000 free-roaming cats are admitted to North American shelters on a daily basis, remaining in place is the status quo for the vast majority as shown in Figure 1. Additionally, for some shelters, sterilization-return is not an option due to lack of veterinary services, financial limitations, or legal barriers. For these shelters, leaving in place is the only alternative to removal. Even for shelters with ample resources, there may be instances where shelter admission is not the most effective or humane way to address a concerning situation. There is an increasing recognition that community-based care and services are often more equitable and humane as well as preferable to the costs and risks associated with shelter impoundment (59)."

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