Shelters and rescue groups often find that progressive strategies for humanely managing community cats are met with resistance, particularly from local officials. Policymakers may be skeptical, while residents may hold different expectations of the shelter’s role in helping outdoor cats. In this session, we will present strategies and ideas for building support for community cat programs among various stakeholders in order to both enact and maintain effective policy for cats.

Continuing education

National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA): This sessions has been approved for the same amount of credit hours as its length.


  • Danielle Jo Bays | Senior Analyst for Cat Protection and Policy, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Daniel Spehar | Independent Researcher

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