Sometimes it is helpful for a municipal shelter to hear directly from other municipal shelter leaders. I hope you’ll encourage your city shelter to join the Million Cat Challenge – remember they don’t have to be “all-in” in order to join and become part of the conversation, they just need to be working with one or more initiatives to save more cats. Even if they’re just thinking about toying with the idea, we’d love to have them participate!
Even if your local municipal shelter isn’t fully on board with the idea, you can help “shape the path” to TNR for your community members. Think about ways to make it more obvious, convenient, morally palatable, and/or cheaper to deal with cats through your group versus taking them to the shelter. The municipal shelter is very likely to be grateful for any cat you can divert from their doorstep, and that may help form the basis for greater collaboration to respond humanely and effectively to feral cats in your community.
Dr. Julie Levy