ACC&D Flagship Initatives
ACC&D’s five Think Tanks
have all delved into topics that advance ACC&D’s mission. In two instances, the Think Tanks concluded with such energy and tangible recommendations for projects to enhance animal health and welfare, we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take them to the next level!
Population modeling of free-roaming cats: managing outdoor cat colonies to meet your goals
This Flagship Initiative was established to advance efforts to manage free-roaming cat populations using methods that are humane, economical, and effective. Key to the initiative: evaluating the effect that multi-year non-surgical contraceptives (versus permanent sterilants) have on free-roaming cat population numbers. At the same time, however, the work we're doing is generating important information and insights on the dynamics of free-roaming cats and the effect that current approaches, including Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), have on population numbers. The team working on this flagship initiative includes experts on feral and community cats, wildlife biologists, and computer simulation modeling. Read on to learn more about this initiative and our plans for where it will go from here!
Marking and identification of free-roaming animals: opening new doors for non-surgical contraception, humane rabies control, and population monitoring
This initiative began with a simple question: how do we identify and monitor dogs and cats, particularly free-roaming/community animals, who have been contracepted or sterilized without surgery? Since non-surgical products could be used without using general anesthesia, ear tipping or notching is out of the question; moreover, if an animal is treated with a multi-year contraceptive, we'll need a way to identify when he or she is due for re-treatment. It quickly became clear that an easy, fast, and humane method of marking could have great value for large-scale canine rabies prevention programs (to convey when an animal needs to be revaccinated) and more general population monitoring efforts. Read on
to learn what we've done with this initiative to date, and what we'll be doing this coming year!