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Alliance For Contraception In Cats And Dogs

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs' mission is to advance non-surgical fertility control so as to effectively and humanely reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs. We are steadfast supporters of traditional surgical spaying and neutering. We recognize, though, that this approach cannot fully stem the numbers of unwanted litters of cats and dogs born each year—and as a result these animals face the threat of homelessness, abuse, or death.

Target demographics: Dogs, cats and the communities in which they reside.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: 1. Education and outreach regarding non-surgical sterilants - One of ACC&D’s primary goals is to serve as an independent resource for scientifically-sound information about available and developing non-surgical sterilants for animal welfare and veterinary stakeholders worldwide. As such, we exhibit and present at national and international conferences, publish quarterly e-newsletters, and contribute material to the World Continuing Education Alliance’s Veterinarian Education Network. We also have a Resource Library on our website which includes our ebook on contraception and fertility control in cats and dogs, our Product Profile and Position Papers, legislative information and more. We also conduct periodic international symposia and think tanks on pressing topics. 2. Flagship Initiative: Population modeling for feral cat population management - In December 2014, an ACC&D-convened team published a journal article in PLOS ONE on results to date of our population dynamics computer simulation model for free-roaming cats. The goal of the modeling is to provide better guidance to programs working to humanely manage free-roaming cat populations. The model compares a three-year contraceptive as an alternative to permanent sterilization and concludes that this is a viable option, especially as a supplement to surgical sterilization. We are currently in the midst of the second phase of the project, which is devoted to: 1) incorporating economics into our population model and, in doing so, offering more “real life” applicability and 2) advising on different profiles of long-term contraceptives. 3. Flagship Initiative: Female cat contraceptive development - The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) developed a non-surgical contraceptive vaccine called “GonaCon,” which has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for contraception of female white-tailed deer and female wild horses/burros. Although approval is limited to these species at present, the vaccine has been found to be effective in multiple species of mammals. Prior studies of efficacy and duration in female cats have been very promising, and in 2015-2016 we conducted a long-term study of the immunocontraceptive vaccine in a simulated free-roaming cat colony. For more information on this study please visit our website. 4. Flagship Initiative: Identifying dogs and cats non-surgically contracepted or sterilized - How does one identify a dog or a cat contracepted or sterilized non-surgically? Traditional spay/neuter surgery requires anesthesia, and as such, it is possible to humanely tattoo, “tip” or notch the ear to indicate sterilization. One of the benefits of non-surgical fertility methods, however, is not having to use anesthesia, but how, then, does one humanely identify sterilization status? In a 2013 Think Tank hosted by ACC&D on the topic, participants suggested a “21st Century” ear tag, which, in conjunction with Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, ACC&D has since been developing and trialing. Please see our website for more information.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACC&D is passionate, forward-thinking and fearless in its efforts to advance non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs and to improve animal well-being globally. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with the organization as well as contract for an short-term editorial project, and have kept current on developments through the excellent e-newsletter and other communications. The ACC&D staff, Board, stakeholders and scientific advisors and community supporters are to be commended for their dedication to innovation and action in addressing non-surgical solutions to the worldwide problem of animal overpopulation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was privileged to volunteer for ACC&D's 2013 International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control for Dogs and Cats. It was enlightening listening to veterinarian research scientists from all over the world giving their presentations and how the drug Zeuterin had been researched and tested. At that time it was proven successful to be used as a canine neutering drug. Additionally, other scientists reported on their progress in researching the use of it for spaying dogs and neutering and spaying cats.

After the 3-day symposium, I also volunteered at the clinic where many international veterinarians administered Zeuterin to over 20 male dogs. The process was extremely fast and humane. The dogs came into the process area, had the procedure done and went home under their own power within the hour; no surgery, pain or lengthy recovery.

Many organizations are cooperating to reduce the pet population and that is wonderful. However, because of ACC&D's innovation and resolve, this non-surgical way of reducing the pet population is easier, more humane and less costly. ACC&D not only contributes to the reduction, they are the leader in the field and continue to promote scientific research to make certain that surgery, for this purpose, will become a thing of the past. President Joyce Briggs and her Board of Directors have made a once-upon-a-time dream become reality.

Sonya Wedin
Portland, OR

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACC&D is equally committed to advancing animal welfare and promoting rigorous research standards; their science is as strong as their passion. Every member of the team I have had the privilege to collaborate with, from board members to scientific advisors to organizational partners, has been thoughtful, innovative, and dedicated to furthering a common goal: saving animal lives by helping to develop humane and effective solutions to reduce canine and feline overpopulation on a global scale. ACC&D's work has the potential to positively impact not only companion animal populations, but also human communities living alongside free-roaming cats and dogs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACC&D is a cutting edge animal welfare organization dedicated to advancing non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs as means to effectively and humanely addressing overpopulation. I have worked with them at various stages, from program planning to applied research, from brainstorming of ideas to implementation of practices. They are forward-thinking, collaborative, and world-class problem solvers. The future of animal welfare is in innovation and leveraging technologies to provide affordable and humane solutions in widely divergent settings, from rural to urban, from wealthy to impoverished. ACC&D embraces the challenge of bringing experts from vastly different fields and perspectives to the task.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is no non-profit I know of that is more committed to the principle of pursuing positive change through the development of rigorous knowledge and its intelligent application. The people involved are top notch scientists and animal welfare professionals with a commitment to helping this critical field move forward, and they operate with the highest level of integrity and transparency.

hollyhazard

Board Member

Rating: 5

In my 30 years of work as an animal welfare professional I've followed the work of ACC & D since its inception and joined this organization as a board member 6 months ago.The work done by ACC & D fills a significant gap in the fabric of animal protection efforts to reduce pet over-population in the United States and throughout the world by providing research-based recommendations for promising new technologies and funding cutting edge research. The organization provides expert advice in the field for new initiatives and as a thought-leader on the relative value of various research and new product claims. The board is largely comprised of highly regarded scientists in this field and management has a long and distinguished history in the field of animal protection. The organization is extremely sensitive to donor dollars and minimizing costs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I followed this non-profit for many years, joining the board of trustees just over 5 years ago. It has been truly inspirational to work with ACC&D's highly skilled and dedicated staff, board members and volunteers. It's a small organisation that packs a big punch. Staying true to its values and providing an intelligent and objective guiding light within a complex field. Non-surgical fertility control has the potential to completely transform how we manage dog and cat populations worldwide - and ACC&D will be the catalyst to get these tools into the field, with the welfare of the animals involved at the forefront of their minds.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have followed ACC&D since its inception, and have had the privilege of serving on its Board of Directors since 2010. Staff and volunteers adhere strictly to the mission, and do so with transparency and accountability. Top-notch organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs is to advance non-surgical fertility control so as to effectively and humanely reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in the world. I have been on their Board of Directors for nine years, and have been amazed how hard ACC&D works to raise awareness of the concept of non-surgical fertility control. Imagine a world where the wide use of non-surgical sterilants betters the lives of dogs and cats. ACC&D is working to help that become a reality. ACC&D is a leader in advocating for research and implementation of non-surgical sterilization, and they base this work in sound science. We leverage partnerships and networks for the good of the cause, and act with integrity in all processes and relationships. I am extremely proud to be part of this outstanding organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with ACC&D for the past four years. The organization has an incredibly dedicated and skilled team (Board members, Scientific advisors, and staff) who are committed to creating a sea change in animal welfare.