February 28, 2019
Categories: Shelter Medicine, Webcasts, Foster Programs

Kitten season will be here before you know it, and the Million Cat Challenge (MCC) wants you to have your most successful season yet. Which is why they are hosting three kitten-focused webinars in March to help you prepare. Kittens are a shelter’s most vulnerable population, and MCC wants to help you save as many as possible.

The three webinars, all held on a Wednesday in March, will focus on neonates, foster care and ringworm. You can register now for the webinars, all of which are listed below. We hope to see you there!

Outsourcing Neonatal Kitten Rearing for Life-Saving Success
Wednesday, March 6, 3 – 3:30 PM ET

Learn how one shelter, Placer County Animal Services, has tackled the challenge of saving fragile kittens through an innovative and creative solution.

Presented by: Katie Ingram, Animal Services Manager, Placer County Animal Services

Foster Care On-Deck: Strategies to Get Kittens into Foster Homes Quickly
Wednesday, March 20, 3 – 3:30 PM ET

It’s crucial to get kittens and nursing queens out of the shelter and into foster homes quickly. This webinar will discuss strategies to create an efficient, proactive and organized system for foster care placement that can be applied not just to kittens but to all foster placements.  

Presented by: Erin Doyle, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director, Shelter Medicine, ASPCA

Fighting Fungus with Facts
Wednesday, March 27, 9 – 10 PM ET

With proper protocols ringworm can be safely treated and cured.  The San Francisco SPCA saves over 350 animals with ringworm every year. They created the SPORE (Shelters Preventing Outbreaks of Ringworm through Education) program in 2013 to teach others how to better detect, treat and manage ringworm in their shelter.  This will explore the use of volunteers and the community to help this type of program flourish in constrained environments, such as animal shelters. Also discussed will be the new pilot foster program for ringworm animals called the Finishing School Foster Program, which fosters out ringworm animals at the end of their treatment, freeing up space in the shelter to help more animals in need.

Presented by: Laura Mullen, Shelter Medicine Outreach Manager, San Francisco SPCA