Dr. Marty Becker endorses Zeuterin
March 11, 2013 - Dr. Marty Becker, often referred to as “America’s Veterinarian,” has been trained to use the non-surgical sterilant Zeuterin. In this VetSTREET article, he reports on his experience with the technology and its great potential for canine population control in both the U.S. and abroad.
Scientific research increasingly fueled by prize money
LA Times - Michelson Prize Grant January 10, 2013 - Dr. Gary Michelson is the sponsor of the Michelson Prize Grant in Reproductive Biology, which offers $25 million for the first researcher to create an easy, affordable means of sterilizing animals. Prize sponsors believe that offering incentives gets new people thinking about old problems.
Read more about Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology.
ASPCA® Grant Funds ACC&D Feral/Free-roaming Cat Population Model
ACC&D is expanding a project to better understand and plan dog and cat population control programs, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the ASPCA. The project will engage experts to develop a computer simulation model of feral and free-roaming cat populations based on available data on dynamics of these populations. Once complete, the model will allow those planning and conducting population control programs to use the software to look at their program and better understand how many cats they need to sterilize, how often interventions need to be conducted, what portions of the population would be best for targeting (for instance, juvenile queens versus mature queens), and what changes in the population they can expect over time...
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Learn more about ACC&D's Population Dynamics Think Tank
U.S. Esterilsol Launch Planned for Early 2012
The introduction of the only permanent non-surgical sterilant on the U.S. market is exciting news, offering an alternative to castration that will save many shelters time and money, allowing them to sterilize more animals. Ark Sciences, the company behind Esterilsol, has begun talking with animal welfare organizations about the upcoming U.S. launch of Esterilsol. Training will begin this November and product is expected to be available in February. The price for Esterilsol will depend on how many orders are placed by January 31, 2012. (Learn more through our document linked to below.)
ACC&D wants to help organizations and veterinarians learn more about Esterilsol so they can explore how this product might help them reach further with their sterilization programs. Please visit our Esterilsol page and read see our Esterilsol Product Profile and Position Paper to learn more. Additional information can be found on Ark Sciences' website. And please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions or comments at email@example.com.
Update: This formulation will be introduced in the U.S. under the name Zeuterin and the launch is now expected to be later in 2012.
ACC&D Welcomes New Board Member and Two New Scientific Advisors
ACC&D's directors and advisors volunteer their time to help us achieve our goal of advance new methods of cat and dog reproductive control. We are honored to have a diverse group of experts in animal welfare, veterinary medicine, animal health drug development, population management, animal reproduction, and public health. Please join us in welcoming Drs. Hiby, Levy, and Boone!
Board member Elly Hiby, PhD is the scientific advisor to the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), where she has focused on companion animal welfare, including population management programs. She was also a presenter at our 4th International Symposium last year.
Scientific advisor Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, ACVIM is the director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the founder of Operation Catnip. She has led several studies of cat and dog contraceptives and non-surgical sterilants and has been a participant in ACC&D's symposia and scientific think tanks.
Scientific advisor John Boone, PhD, is senior biologist at the Great Basin Bird Observatory and a board member of the SPCA of Northern Nevada. He also helped inspire, organize, and was a key participant in our recent Population Dynamics Modeling Think Tank. (Stay tuned for more on that event!)
Learn more about Drs Hiby, Levy, and Boone here.
ACC&D Announces Council of Stakeholders
ACC&D is proud to introduce you to the charter members of our new Council of Stakeholders, a group of organizations that are taking a leadership role in advancing non-surgical sterilization for cats and dogs: The ASPCA®, Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Petco Foundation, and PetSmart Charities®.
Our charter Council members represent some of the most prominent animal welfare organizations in the world. (Several were recently recognized by Philanthropedia as the "highest impact" organizations in this field. Read more here.)
We will continue to expand the Council of Stakeholders and we welcome you to join us! Stakeholders can be organizations, foundations, or individuals interested in advancing animal welfare, animal health, or public health in a leadership role. Contact Joyce Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how the Council works and the associated benefits.
Behavior Study Compares Surgical Castration with Chemical Castration
One of the questions we hear most often about Esterilsol™ (the chemical sterilant for male dogs) is whether the same behavior changes can be expected with this non-surgical sterilant as with traditional surgical castration. We know that Esterilsol doesn’t reduce testosterone as much as castration, especially in adult dogs, but we don’t know how those numbers translate to actual behavior changes. And, frankly, there is a lot of misunderstanding out there about how castration changes behavior.
ACC&D has long been interested in seeing a study done to explore this issue, and we were thrilled to hear that Veterinarians Without Borders- Canada is working with leading dog behavior and population management experts to conduct a study and finally get some reliable data. The study will be conducted in Puerto Natales, Chile with the support and participation of local officials. It will include three groups of dogs: one surgical castration group, one Esterilsol group, and one control group. Behavior will be tracked before and after sterilization through three methods: dogs will be observed by members of the study team to understand their behavior (i.e. their interactions with other dogs and humans, aggression, mating behavior, etc.); dogs will be fitted with GPS tracking collars so that their roaming patterns can be observed; and dog owners will be surveyed at several points throughout the project about their dogs' behavior. Then researchers will compile and analyze the data to compare behavior changes between the three groups.
ACC&D has provided funds and in-kind support for this project and is seeking additional support for this Veterinarians Without Borders- Canada project. If you are interested in supporting this study or getting further involved, please contact us at email@example.com.
As updates and data become available, we will share them on this website and through our e-mail updates.
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ASPCA® Grants Funds to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs to Create a Feral/Free-roaming Cat Population Model (January 26, 2012)
Momentum Builds After 4th International Symposium on Pet Contraception (May 17, 2010)
ACC&D welcomes two veterinarians to the Board (October 8, 2008)
American Humane Grants $25,000 to Find Ways to Sterilize Pets Without Surgery (January 10, 2008)
Progress Encouraging at Third International Symposium on Contraception for Pets (brief report) (November 29, 2006)
Beyond Spaying and Neutering: Highlights from the Third International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods for Pet Population Control (longer version) (November 29, 2006)
ACC&D and Pet Contraceptives (June 15, 2006)
ACC&D Gives First Grant (July 26, 2006)
Media Coverage of ACC&D and Non-Surgical Contraception
Nonsurgical sterilization technique shows promise as safe, effective alternative to castration
-Heather Biele, DVM, DVM360/DVM Newsmagazine, June 29, 2012
Non-surgical sterilization method offers potential for neutering male dogs
-Monique Balas, Special to The Oregonian, May 18, 2012
The Science and Policy of Contraception… in Cats
-The Dog Zombie, Guest Blogger, Scientific American, May 4, 2012
Graduate Students Earn $15,000 Awards for Innovative Solutions to Pet Sterilization
-Press Release, Digital Journal, March 29, 2012
Foundation Offers Massive Prize for Technique that Might Render Spays and Neuters Unnecessary
-Dr. Eric Barchas, Dogster, January 27, 2012
Drugmaker works to sterilize pets without surgery
-Keither Darcé, U-T San Diego, September 13, 2011
Millions Awarded in Search for Nonsurgical Sterilant
-Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association News, October 15, 2011
UF researchers: Single dose of contraceptive vaccine controls fertility in cats for years
-University of Florida News, September 29, 2011
Magical Thinking: the quest for nonsurgical canine and feline birth control
-Twig Mowatt, The Bark magazine, April/May 2011
The Lady and the Tramp- without hungry puppies: The science of stray dog sterilization
-Scientific American Guest Blogger, Cynthia Mills, DVM, MPH, January 14, 2011
Kenya: AAWA Conference, Part Four: ABC in Africa
-Sharon St. Joan, Best Friends Network, October 4, 2010
Animal Population Control and Rabies Prevention
-Dr. G. Robert Weedon, Global Alliance for Rabies Control
World Rabies Day Webinar; click on "Webinar #1" and fastforward to 7:40 for the 15 minute presentation
The Future of Feral Cat Contraception: Aspirations and Challenges
-Lisa Warren, Best Friends Network, September 8, 2010
The search goes on for a single-dose non-surgical way to sterilize dogs & cats
-Animal People News, April 2010, Volume 19, #3
Special Report: To Breed or Not to Breed
-Morris Animal Foundation's Animal News & eNews, Spring, 2010
'Gene silencing', immunocontraception in pipeline for nonsurgical sterilization: Michelson grant awarded to one, many others are in the running
-DVM Newsmagazine, February 2010, by Rachel Whitcomb
Nonsurgical methods of contraception in dogs and cats: Where are we now?
-Veterinary Medicine, January 2010, by Megan Cathey, DVM, and Mushtaq A. Memon, BVSc, PhD, DACT
Nonsurgical animal sterilization: the potential to control pet overpopulation—and save human lives
-Veterinary Medicine, January, 2010, by G. Robert Weedon, DVM, MPH
ACC&D vice-chairman accepts position as Veterinary Outreach Coordinator for the Alliance for Rabies Control
-Alliance for Rabies Control press release, December 2009
The big nonsurgical fix is the holy grail of animal welfare
-Examiner.com, October 16, 2009, by Barbara Kohn
A Cure for Euthanasia?
-Science Magazine, September 18, 2009, by David Grimm
Science Magazine Explores ‘A Cure for Euthanasia?’ Science magazine writer/editor David Grimm examines the global epidemic of dog and cat deaths and the $75 million program funded by a doctor’s foundation that could offer the solution
-Found Animals' press release, September 19, 2009
Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD, Joins Found Animals Foundation As Director of Scientific Research
-Found Animals' press release, September 14, 2009
Non-Surgical Sterilants Can Enhance Rabies Control
-Rabid Bytes, July, 2009, by Joyce Briggs
Inventor Michelson offers $75M for a way to sterilize pets
-USA Today, October 16, 2008, by Sharon Peters
Hiding in Plain Sight: Feral cat colonies thrive with TLC and TNR
-Best Friends Magazine, May/June 2008, by Sandy Miller
Sterility Vaccine Might Help Control Feral Cat Population
-Cat Fancy, June 2008
American Humane Grants $25,000 to Find Ways to Sterilize Pets Without Surgery
Dealing the Ace of Spayed: New techniques will offer effective, affordable sterilization
-Best Friends Magazine, November/December 2007, by Sandy Miller
The fix is in for pet control
-USA Today, July 5, 2007, by Sharon Peters
They Can't Use Condoms
-Animal Sheltering, January/February 2007, by Catherine Mullin, V.M.D.
Getting Beyond Surgical Contraception
-Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), January 2007
Beyond Spaying and Neutering
-ACC&D Symposium report written by Dr. Linda Rhodes, as submitted to AnimalPharm News (December 2006)
Non-Surgical Contraceptives for Pet Population Control
-Dr. Linda Rhodes for AnimalPharm News (www.animalpharmnews.com) (January 15, 2007)
Just What the Doctor Ordered: Non-surgical Sterilization for Cats and Dogs
-Richard De Angeli, Animal Guardian (Fall 2006)
Cutting Edge Sterilization
-Best Friends Animal Society's Web News (June 22, 2006)
Contraception for Cats and Dogs
-Cat Fanciers' Association (January 2007)
Animals Matter: Alternatives to Spay/Neuter Surgeries
-Freelance writer Cathy Rosenthal's blog entry in My San Antonio (June 19, 2006)
Update on Suprelorin®
-ACC&D president Joyce Briggs interviews Paul Schober, general manager of Peptech
Spay/Neuter Without Surgery?
-Q&A from the Best Friends Network, No More Homeless Pets Forum (July 21-30, 2006)
The Future of Spay/Neuter
-Q&A from the Best Friends Network, No More Homeless Pets Forum (August 2, 2004)