The Top Ten: Questions and Controversy with Community Cat Programs
Recorded On: 06/25/2021
Are you considering launching, or have recently launched, a RTF/SNR/TNR program and are now dealing with an onslaught of questions and/or pushback from your community about why you're putting cats/kittens back where they came from? Are you being accused of abandonment? Wreaking havoc on the environment, birds, gardens, peace AND quiet? Although it may not feel like it at times, you and your community share the same goal. Whether you identify as an animal welfare professional, a bird lover, someone who just wants these cats out of your yard, or all of the above, we're all here for the most effective, sustainable way to reduce the number of cats living outside. Our challenge lies in communicating the benefits of a proven strategy that can often seem counterintuitive to those new to feline management.
Join this all-star panel:
Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving, Monica Frende
HSUS Senior Analyst, Cat Protection & Policy, Danielle Bay
Executive Director of Stray Cat Alliance, Christi Metropol
rehoming pets, Keep companion animals in their homes and neighborhoods, Rehome Pets Without the Shelter System, Proactively Reduce Intake,Live Outcomes, Proactive return to owner, Efficient and appropriate transfer, Animal & Population Management,Community Cat Management, Returns to Owner/Guardian, Strategic & Operational Planning, Million Cat Challenge, stray cats, community cats
Lisa Ward (Moderator)
Director of Education at Maddie's Fund
As Director of Education, Lisa works closely with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and manages the day-to-day activities of Maddie® University. She also manages, mentors and coaches Maddie University employees while overseeing the management of programs and projects.
Lisa comes to Maddie's Fund® with 30 years of experience as an educator in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, where her career started in 1987. She has served in positions from being a teacher, middle school principal and recently as the Director of Student Services. She has dedicated her life to education and feels it is the foundation for change and growth in the world and is extremely excited to carry on the work in education with Maddie's Fund.
Lisa holds a two Masters Degrees, one in Educational Leadership, and one in Athletic Administration, along with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation all from Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California. During her undergraduate time at Saint Mary's College, Lisa also competed in Intercollegiate athletics and has been named into the Saint Mary's college Hall of Fame. She lives in the East Bay with her husband, two daughters and two rescues, a labradoodle mix, Thunder, and a lab-mix, Lightning. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, sporting activities, and hikes with the dogs.
Alison Gibson (Moderator)
Alison coordinates the planning and production of on-site and online educational opportunities for Maddie's University. She comes to Maddie's Fund® from the field of television where, as an independent producer, she traveled the world capturing live concerts for PBS, documenting 2,000 year-old monuments in China, serializing Flemish classics for Dutch TV, and crafting an array of Emmy® award-winning programs. Along the way, she produced marketing videos for a variety of multinational corporations.
She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications and holds continuing education certificates from University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
When her neighbor's kitten somersaulted into her home 21 years ago, Alison was immediately smitten. That prompted her to volunteer as a cat foster and socializer. The neighbors moved a year later, but Murphy the cat stayed and became Alison's greatest teacher of patience and unconditional love. Alison was recently adopted by a community cat named Edgar.