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Surrender Prevention Certification Webinar October 25

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Surrender prevention will help a cat stay out of this situation.

October 25 @ 7 p.m. – Surrender Prevention Certification Workshop ($10) *scholarships available!

Register here:

“This session is perfect for anyone on the front-lines of animal sheltering or rescue, who wants to help more cats stay in homes with the people who love them. This session will review some of the most common reasons for surrender pertaining to feline behavior issues. Attendees will be able to receive a certificate after completing a brief quiz.”

Everyone who registers will also get access to four (4) mini-courses covering other important topics, like:

  •  Litter box issues
  • Scratching concerns
  • Introducing your new cat to your home
  • Introducing your new cat to your resident cat

Surrender Prevention training

Help keep cats from being surrendered to the shelter, where cats with litter box issues often don’t fare well. Whether the issue is house soiling or spraying, biting or scratching, aggressive behavior toward other cats or pets, or any other infractions cats can find to confuse and anger their people, the last place they should be taken is the shelter. Cats don’t fare well in shelters because being in strange places and handled by strangers is highly stressful for cats, not to mention the noises and smells and often being in a cage. Historically about 75% of all euthanasias in shelters are cats in part because their reaction to their surroundings makes them unadoptable. Part of rescue is helping to keep them out of the shelter by advising their person about the source of the behavior and what they can do to help avoid it, hence the “surrender prevention” training.

Cats don’t come with an owner’s manual, we all come to living with cats from different backgrounds, experiences and familiarity with cats, and often people don’t know who to ask when something comes up. Most people misinterpret behaviors based on human reasons for it, like jealousy or spite, and so react to the cat as if that’s the reason, which it’s not, and their reaction has no effect and often backfires.

This training session was a webinar with slides we could study and an online quiz after the webinar was over. The material covered was focused on working with people, being compassionate and understanding, listening to the whole issue which often involves personal matters, and offering real solutions and support, following up with people and staying with them to answer questions as long as they needed. Most people don’t want to surrender their cats, they love them very much, and are grateful to be able to talk and explain to someone who will understand. Knowing and understanding cat behaviors was a given, of course, because you would need to interpret what the person told you and determine what might be the cause or causes of the behavior and know what to recommend.

Surrender Prevention Training Certificate

As mentioned above, everyone who registers will also get access to four (4) mini-courses covering other important topics, like:

  •  Litter box issues
  • Scratching concerns
  • Introducing your new cat to your home
  • Introducing your new cat to your resident cat

The webinar is hosted by Community Cats Podcast and the trainer is Dr. Rachel Geller. If you are interested in the training for yourself or someone else,

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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book

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Great Rescues Day Book

This information is part of what’s available in Great Rescues Day Book!

Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.

Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.

The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.

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