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Examining potential impacts of Capacity for Care (C4C) as a strategy to manage shelter cat populations

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Title: Examining potential impacts of Capacity for Care (C4C) as a strategy to manage shelter cat populations
Author: Hobson, Samantha
Department: Department of Clinical Studies
Program: Clinical Studies
Advisor: Bateman, Shane
Abstract: Capacity for Care (C4C) is a management strategy designed to address feline welfare issues in animal shelters and provides solutions for efficiently managing shelter populations. Managed shelter intake, as recommended by C4C, is an effective method to control shelter populations. The goal of this research was to determine the impact of waitlists and strategies to divert intake, on cats whose owners were seeking to relinquish them. To address these goals, one quantitative and one qualitative study were conducted. Findings suggest that managed intake resulted in 31% of cats being retained or rehomed without shelter assistance, but follow-up information about these outcomes was limited. Shelter workers perceived gaining support from staff, and understanding from the public, to be major challenges after implementing C4C. Further research is needed to understand potential impacts of C4C on the welfare of cats in the community who are waiting to be admitted to a shelter.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17783
Date: 2020-01
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