This is a free training program to support private practitioners in learning how to work with community cats, promoting safety for their team and the cats, create limited stress environments, and becoming a part of the equation to end suffering of cats and kittens on the streets.
Is this right for your practice?
As we deal with this Coronavirus Pandemic, high volume spay & neuter clinics are closed or limited. Kitten season is here, the annual crisis of too many cats in kittens in Los Angeles. It is our opinion that you are vital to helping solve this problem. If you spayed and neutered up to 5 cats two or three days a week, this would greatly help keeps cats and kittens from suffering now and in the future. For every cat or kitten we miss this season, means we all deal with it next season. We would like to see the annual crisis that is "Kitten Season" end in Los Angeles. We need your help to do it. Your community needs your help.
Will doing this support my bottom line?
Honestly, this shouldn't support your bottom line. We understand your need to run a business and make money supporting your life, the staff you employ, the facility you operate - but spay and neuter is not the answer to that equation. We would like to work with you and make this process of spaying and neutering community cats (homeless, feral, free-roaming) low-cost and free through grant funding (which we are working on) and donation to the nonprofit. Caregivers and trappers are not able to support $75-$400 for this type of procedure considering the estimated 1-3 million community cats in Los Angeles. Most spend their free time and limited personal funds on food and emergency care for these cats in our community. Every social media platform is littered with GoFundMe and other asks to support the community cats in need. This is why we would like to help support this process of education and partnership. You are a key to helping solve this overpopulation problem.
This is not my problem.
Your community is in crisis, the reality is cats and kittens are dying everyday. We all have a responsibility to help end the suffering. We cannot expect animal control or other large nonprofits to solve the problem. This is a community problem, you can help us take steps to solve it. Your expertise and passion for caring for animals can help, one spay or neuter at a time. Let's have a conversation today, your community support is vital; the community support you rely on is vital in keeping your practice running- let's work together.
What can you teach that I don't already know?
We will be showing you and your staff proven processes and techniques to handle community cats with the least amount of stress as possible. A community cat does not behave the same as your client's cats who live in home. For many of these cats on the streets, they are very fearful. This is why we want to help you work with them and understand them. By understanding them you will be able to safely and effective work with them, preventing unwanted kittens who may suffer on the streets of Los Angeles. We respect your knowledge as a veterinarian, our goal is to teach your entire staff on safe handling of community cats, preventing as much stress for all as possible.
What will be covered?
- What is a community cat?
- What is a safe vs. unsafe humane trap?
- What steps should the trapper have completed?
- How should the cats be transported?
- Making Appointments
- Pre-Appointment Checklist
- Drop Off Instructions
- Pick Up Instructions
- Holding Overnight Instructions
- Visual Exam Techniques
- Proven Drug Protocols
- Safe Induction Techniques and tools
- Post Induction
- Mask vs. intubate
- Surgery Prep
- On Label use
- Off label use
- Recovery Process
- SQ Fluids
- Flea & Tick Treatment
- Where to recover the cat?
- Going back to the trapper/caregiver
- Follow-up by trapper/caregiver
- Dollars and Cents
- Partnership opportunities