Alternatives to Intake QA with the Million Cat Challenge
 
Managed Admission Q&A with the Million Cat Challenge
 
Return to Field Q&A with the Million Cat Challenge
 
Capacity for Care Q&A with the Million Cat Challenge
  • Dear Million Cat Challenge,

    You’re preaching to the choir when it comes to our shelter and the whole humane housing thing. Our cats are either housed in spacious, double-sided condos or group rooms with tons of perches and hiding places.

    The problem is, we still have a super-long length of stay. Even kittens sometimes seem to grow up in the shelter. And even though the cats are pretty happy here, I know it’s not the same thing as having a home of their own.

    It seems like most of what you talk about with Capacity for Care decreasing length of stay has to do with the benefits of better housing. But what can we do if we already have great housing? – Trapped in the Slow Lane
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  • Dear Million Cat Challenge,

    You say that to reach Capacity for Care, you don’t have to take in fewer cats, just shorten the length of stay for each one. But we already take in more cats than get adopted back out and we don’t have the resources for Return to Field right now. As a result some cats currently end up getting euthanized either because they get sick or just because we need to make space for more incoming. I don’t see how housing even fewer cats is going to fix that! Can you help me understand? – Show me the numbers

    Dear Million Cat Challenge,

    I watched the Maddie’s Institute webinar on Capacity for Care, and one of the shelter directors mentioned that sometimes they won’t take in cats or they’ll ask people to wait when the shelter is full. My question is, shouldn’t we be worried about what will happen to those cats? Maybe they will meet a fate even worse than being admitted to a slightly crowded shelter! I do want to provide good care for every cat, but how do we balance that with all the cats in danger out there? – Wondering about the Others
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  • Dear Million Cat Challenge,

    We have several shelters within our system and we’re looking to reach Capacity for Care at each one. This will mean portalizing stainless steel cages at most of the shelters – and that means cutting our housing unit numbers pretty much in half.

    What makes it really challenging for us is that each shelter is in a different place in terms of their ability to grow adoptions and options for managed admission. The one thing that’s absolutely off the table is increasing euthanasia. Do you have any advice that will help all our shelters get to C4C? – Looking for choices
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  • Dear Million Cat Challenge,

    Ok, I get it. Fewer cats with better care and shorter length of stay equals happier cats, staff, and volunteers; less illness; lower costs; more adoptions; and to hear you tell it, possibly rainbows and unicorns in the shelter courtyard! It sure sounds great. But all kidding aside, what if we have too many cats in the shelter today to meet our Capacity for Care? How can we lower the numbers without euthanizing more cats? Of course, that’s not something we’re willing to do. – We want our rainbows and unicorns, but at what price?
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  • Dear Million Cat Challenge,

    I’ve read your information sheet and love the idea of providing our cats with more space, but I still don’t see how we can keep fewer cats on hand and still save more lives. It seems like magical thinking! How does it work? – Skeptical but trying to be open-minded
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Removing Barriers to Adoption Q&A with the Million Cat Challenge