National Animal Care & Control Association issues major statements on appointment-based intake into shelters and shelter intake of free-roaming cats

"Given the numerous harms and risks associated with unscheduled intake, we recommend all animal shelters replace this practice with an appointment-based system that includes individual assessment and a case management approach for all non-emergency requests." Read the full statement about appointment-based intake on NACA's website

"It is the position of NACA that indiscriminate pick up or admission of healthy, free-roaming cats, regardless of temperament, for any purpose other than TNR/SNR, fails to serve commonly held goals of community animal management and protection programs and, as such, is a misuse of time and public funds and should be avoided." Read the full statement about free-roaming cats on NACA's website

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