Free-roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats Policy Revised
The AVMA House of Delegates on January 9 approved revisions to the AVMA's Policy on Free-Roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats to reflect new information, help build consensus, and provide leadership per the management of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats. The revision followed more than two years' work by the Animal Welfare Committee, which took into account member comments on the matter and also asked the AVMA Committee on Environmental Issues and AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine to assist with the review.
The welfare of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats and the impact of these cats on wildlife, ecosystems, and public health were central issues during the committee and House of Delegates deliberations.
The revised policy represents iterative progress toward resolving the free-roaming unowned cat problem, while recognizing that there is currently not consensus around what an ultimate solution will look like. It also points to the veterinary profession as a key player in developing approaches that are both science-based and socially responsible.
The revised policy has been posted on the AVMA website. More information on the House of Delegates' discussion of the matter is posted on the AVMA@Work blog.
AVMA Board of Directors, House of Delegates Report on Winter Meetings
The revised Policy on Free-Roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats was adopted during the House of Delegates' Winter Session meeting on January 9, held in conjunction with the Veterinary Leadership Conference. The AVMA Board of Directors also met over the same weekend to address a range of issues. Both the Board and House of Delegates have posted reports of their meetings on the AVMA@Work blog: