KSMP Veterinarians Share Science on Better Shelter Housing for Cats

Drs. Denae Wagner and Kate Hurley teamed up with the University of Nottingham's Dr. Jenny Stavisky to create a two-part study of the state of the art (and science) of providing temporary housing to cats. The pair of articles was published by the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) in July, 2018. Read these articles to learn how to maximize the physical and mental well-being of cats in your shelter!

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Support Our Work

Our program does not receive state support: we rely on the generosity of animal lovers like you to continue our work for homeless pets.

Any donation will help us to communicate with shelter veterinarians, managers, and staff. We encourage best practices in health care and sanitation. You’ll help save lives and reduce euthanasia.

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Capacity for Care (C4C)

Every shelter has a golden number. Just the right number of available adoptable animals to promote animal health and well-being and entice adopters. We can help you find that number and operate at your ideal Capacity for Care.

Million Cat Challenge shelters can sign up for our six-week C4C Bootcamp, an online course that provides videos, remote consultations, and curated resources to help shelters run better.

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Facing an outbreak or trying to prevent one at your shelter? Our Resource Library, maintained jointly by the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, has the answers you’re looking for. Browse the library or go directly to an info sheet or calculator from one of the links below.

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2 Million… and counting!

The Million Cat Challenge hasn’t just helped shelters save two million cats – it has also helped shelters improve their operations forever.

Read about the five key initiatives that have saved over two million cats... and counting.


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Facility Design

Facility design affects animal health and welfare, staff and volunteer morale, and adopters’ experience.

We can help you create a better shelter - one that operates at its capacity for care - from the ground up or by improving an existing space, whatever your budget.

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