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ASPCA® Grants Funds to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs to Create a Feral/Free-roaming Cat Population Model
[Press release excerpt]
Portland, Ore., January 26, 2012 — The Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs (ACC&D) is expanding a project to better understand and plan dog and cat population control programs, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The project will engage experts to develop a computer simulation model of feral and free-roaming cat populations based on available data on dynamics of these populations. Once complete, the model will allow those planning and conducting population control programs to use the software to look at their program and better understand how many cats they need to sterilize, how often interventions need to be conducted, what portions of the population would be best for targeting (for instance, juvenile queens versus mature queens), and what changes in the population they can expect over time.
John Boone, PhD, a wildlife biologist and scientific advisor to ACC&D, commented, “These models could significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surgical sterilization programs, and will help us to understand how non-surgical alternatives (which may include multi-year as well as permanent methods) can be best utilized.”
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Think Tank Report on Populations Dynamics Modeling and Field Studies to Improve Development of Technologies for Non-surgical Sterilization of Cats and Dogs
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