September 9, 2015

CFSA Today on Power Talk Radio

Manager of the Community Cat Program for Best Friends Animal Society, Shelly Kotter advises communities across the country on humane methods of dealing with cat overpopulation.
Shelly Kotter, Manager of the Community Cat Program for Best Friends Animal Society

“Tune in” today (9/9) at 3:20 PM for a live John C. Scott radio interview.

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We have a special treat for the John C Scott interview today!– Shelly Kotter, the Manager of the Community Cat (feral) Program for Best Friends Animal Society will be joining Barbara Brown, VP Program Services & Initiatives and Chair of PAAW (Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare).

Pima Animal Care Center  was selected for this special three year project by Best Friends and PetSmart Charities –under stiff competition. The goal is to trap/neuter/return 5,000 cats a year – that’s a total of 15,000 community cats! Though that sounds like a lot, it is just a drop in the bucket. Dr. Kinski, the project lead here in Tucson, tells me that they are very close to hitting that 5,000 goal – a little ahead of schedule!!

We are already seeing some results in neighborhoods and at PACC. Even though we haven’t quite hit the end of year one, we are beginning to look for dollars to sustain the program after the grant period is up – it’s that important and valuable for all concerned.

This approach can be controversial if you are used to the old way of doing business.  However, it has been proven to be a much more humane management tool and it  works. Shelly will have all of those facts and figures and can talk about what they have seen in other communities where they have been working, specifically San Antonio, TX and Jacksonville, FL.

Check out the Best Friends for yourself, it is. They do amazing work and we are so proud they chose Tucson!