Focus on Felines

To gather information on current laws in pilot cities, determine a way forward to have community cats live immediately and create a menu of tactics for other communities.


Danielle Bays wearing a blue shirt smiling at the camera. She has a cat next to her.
Danielle Bays

Brittney Wandsnider
Charlotte Fox
Christi Metropole
Daniela Gallardo
Danielle Bays
Eliza Torres
Emily Drose
Heather Kennedy
Jesse Oldham
Julianna Tetlow
Margaret Tompkins
Monica Frenden
Nancy Peterson
Regina Gardner
Richard Angelo
Stephanie Muller-Simpson
Stephanie Stryker
Taylor Robey
Tomeaka Canty


The Community Cat Working Group is analyzing the results of a survey of obstacles to community cat programs facing Tier 1 shelters, which will inform the tools and resources most needed by participating shelters. In the short term, the group is developing a guidance document on what to consider when deciding whether or not to return kittens to the field, a guidance document on providing rabies vaccinations for kittens under 12 weeks who are to be returned to their colony, and a flow chart to assist shelter staff in determining pathways for “stray” cats coming into the shelter.

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The Community Cats working group has compiled an extensive list of potential barriers to implementing comprehensive community cat programs, including obstacles stemming from local or state law and from internal policy and protocols. The group will soon disseminate a survey to HASS tier 1 shelters to determine which and to what degree these obstacles are impacting their efforts. The survey also explores each shelter’s current community cat programing, which will assist the working group in developing a list of resources to navigate the identified obstacles and create models for other shelters.

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