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Jim Richards holding Elizabeth (Kitty)What is the CATalyst Council?

The CATalyst Council is a coalition of the veterinary community, academia, nonprofits, industry and animal welfare organizations. The permanent seated board members include representatives from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Where and when was CATalyst Council formed?

It was formed on May 22, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri, the heart of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

Why was CATalyst Council formed?

According to the AVMA, there are 81.7 million owned cats versus 72 million owned dogs, yet the reported number of cat visits to the veterinarian has declined. According to SAWA, there is a higher number of cats than dogs surrendered to shelters nationwide, increasingly so in these economic times of financial strain and home foreclosure. The organizations that formed CATalyst believe that cats deserve better care, hence its mission to elevate the status of the cat and reverse these trends. CATalyst was also formed to ensure that cats get their due recognition as America’s #1 Companion.

What is the purpose of the Council?

The CATalyst Council is charged with elevating the status of the cat and calling attention to the fact that there are more owned cats than dogs, yet cats receive less frequent veterinary care than dogs. Most recently, the higher number of cats surrendered to shelters nationwide has heightened this concern.

What are the CATalyst Council initiatives?

“It’s All About the Cat!” Campaign
-- The CATalyst Council’s umbrella campaign is to continue positive conversations about America’s #1 Companion, the cat, with veterinary and shelter professionals, the cat-owning public and the media. This includes media interviews and presentations at veterinary, pet and shelter conferences through Dr. Jane Brunt, CATalyst executive director and other board members.

Research Collaboration – The CATalyst Council is committed to promoting research by its member organizations and collaborating on research that will benefit the veterinary profession, shelter community, cat-owning public, and most importantly, the cat.

Promotion – The CATalyst Council is committed to promoting its mission and initiatives of other organizations including sponsors that celebrate the cat, educate the public and veterinary healthcare teams. For example, the CATalyst Council plans to promote the Feline Life-stage Wellness Guidelines for veterinary professionals initiated by the founders of the CATalyst Council. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) are partnering to develop feline life-stage wellness guidelines for veterinary professionals. The Winn Feline Foundation will coordinate the writing of a consumer version of the guidelines with the assistance of writers on its media committee. Once adopted, the CATalyst Council will work with other animal organizations to share this information with shelters, other cat care providers, and consumers

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