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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anne B.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACC&D leads in work with the potential to truly change the world. The landscape for animals and people would be tremendously improved with the development of a non-surgical sterilant. This is a rigorously scientific group that also factors in ethical and practical considerations in their pursuits.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a supporter of ACC&D since its inception and an advisor for almost as long, it’s been a pleasure to watch the organization grow into a multifaceted, science-based, internationally known catalyst supporting the development of nonsurgical approaches to pet and “unowned” cat and dog population control. ACC&D routinely brings together disciplines in its Think Tanks and other programs to address the needs and practicalities involved in cat and dog population control, and its symposia – six so far since 2001 – to present and share projects, methodologies, and outcomes as they emerge. ACC&D also sponsors initiatives in areas such as population modeling, product profiles, and position papers. The organization makes its resources and results available via its website. I’ve presented at three symposia and developed marketplace models, white papers, and an overview e-book; and serve on ACC&D's scientific advisory board. ACC&D draws committed, qualified volunteers from all over the world and allocates its funds in a strategic, purposeful manner consistent with its stated mission and values.

Linda B.9

Advisor

Rating: 5

ACC&D is a leader in advancing research and increasing cooperation among groups working on nonsurgical contraceptive options for companion animals. They have a very small staff that is able to accomplish great things! They are also able to bring together people with very different ideas and bridge the gap between basic science and practical implementation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been collaborating and working on projects with this charity for the past two years and have found them to be dedicated experts in their field and thought leaders for issues that extend far beyond their mission. The leadership and staff are hard-working, inspirational, and purposeful partners who take their responsibility to their donors and constituents - both animals and people - extremely seriously. I highly recommend this organization for anyone interested in finding long-term solutions to improving dog and cat welfare worldwide.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known about ACC&D for several years and have attended multiple events and conferences. They are a totally professional organization and yet they remain caring and concerned about all unwanted cats and dogs. They are scientifically sound and enthusiastic in their efforts. First rate all around!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for ACC&D from 2006 through 2012 and remain familiar with the organization's leadership and activities. ACC&D is a visionary organization, investing in the search for contraceptive tools for cats and dogs that will have exponential returns down the road. The organization's executive director, board of directors, and scientific advisory board bring together some of the greatest minds and stakeholders in animal welfare and reproductive biology. ACC&D has a particular strength in convening diverse groups of experts to discuss, explore, and advance specific scientific questions and challenges. Fiscal oversight is exceptional and the organization is strategic and effective in use of funds. Having deep and long experience with this nonprofit, I strongly recommend them to those interested in furthering population control for cats and dogs anywhere in the world.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been working with ACC&D since 2011 in a collaborative project on free-roaming cat population management , and my experience with them could not be better.

I greatly admire ACC&D President Joyce Briggs' endless curiosity, enthusiasm for learning about scientific disciplines of relevance to cat and dog management, and her overall attention to detail when participating in collaborative research projects. She is an outstanding leader and wonderful project manager; our long-term project would not be where it is today without her diligence and persistent guidance.

I also have had the pleasure of working with Director of Programs, Valerie Benka. Val is also meticulous and very thoughtful about the work she does for ACC&D, and about the organization's responsibility for providing sound advice on this important issue. Her contributions to our cat management project have been excellent, allowing the scientific work to move forward in a more efficient manner.

The ACC&D Staff surround themselves with quality members of the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board, lending significant credibility to the messages they deliver to the broad companion animal community. Speaking of delivering messages -- I think their website is first rate, providing easy access to a wealth of information on ACC&D's research and activities, products for pet owners, and literature resources for interested readers. All in all, a great resource.

I gladly recommend the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs as a leading nonprofit in the field of dog and cat population management -- bringing both science and humanity to a critically important field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked alongside ACC&D staff for some years and have been super-impressed with their knowledge, experience and skills. The organization is adept at bringing together experts in the field of companion animal contraception but also in identifying and connecting with professionals outside the conventional animal welfare realm who can bring added value to this life-saving work. Most recently, in 2019, I was asked to review their ethical review process and sat on the ethical review board for an innovative study they are conducting. I was very impressed with ACC&D's choice of ethical review board members which really demonstrated their commitment to advancing the field in ways that draw on expertise. The ACC&D staff are all terrific network weavers, facilitators and presenters.

pedrolobo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a policy analyst for Best Friends Animal Society, one of several organizations that make up ACC&D’s Council of Stakeholders, I’ve had the privilege of attending several ACC&D meetings as well as two of their symposia over the past six years. The intellectual capacity, integrity, and unwavering commitment to a well-defined mission make ACC&D a truly remarkable organization. I’ve come to think of the two or three days I spend each year with the ACC&D board and staff as a “booster shot” I very much look forward to. I find myself returning home from these encounters buzzing with enthusiasm for the important work underway and, perhaps even more so, for what’s to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ACC&D are the best resource in the world for all research and developments of non-surgical methods for sterilizing cats and dogs. They are incredibly helpful when connecting NGO's with others around the world who are focused on creating humane solutions for the over-population of cats and dogs. They have helped our network to grow immensely by engaging us with other NGOs with similar interests. Their role is crucial in the animal welfare field as we will not be able to succeed in our work to reduce cat and dog populations using only surgical means, it is like putting your finger in the dam. We need non-surgical methods to achieve our goals and ACC&D provide the guiding light towards that aim. They are encouraging, optimistic and very kind people who are focused on bringing together scientists, foundations, academics, animal protection advocates and the general public at large, to work together in order to share our experiences and collectively create and promote the most kind and effective strategies available to stop the problem at the source; breeding. Essentially, they give us all hope, the most crucial element for success. Thank you ACC&D team!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As CSO of a collaborating foundation, we have worked with the team and board
at ACC&D for over a decade. I have found the group to be incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to the cause of saving animal lives by helping in the goal of a non surgical sterilant. In the fertility research community, it is paramount for the folks involved to be candid. The ACC&D has been wonderful in this respect by utilizing their contacts in order to put people together that may have the answers to unanswered questions in the field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff, Board of Directors, and Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs are comprised of truly stellar individuals who perform an incredible amount of work for companion animals every year. The quality of education that they provide at their symposia, the important research contributions that they make, and their eagerness to go above and beyond to foster connections and collaborations set ACC&D apart from their peers in the animal welfare world. ACC&D is an extremely important resource and an outstanding nonprofit!

Margaret S.4

Advisor

Rating: 5

ACC&D is an organization that has navigated the collaboration of multiple national and international organizations for the goal of non-surgical contraception. The leadership has done an amazing job of keeping the work moving forward, the stakeholder engaged and the animals' welfare in mind.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a small but hard working organisation that packs a punch way above its size.
I love being part of ACC&D. The opportunity to look forwards to the advent of non-surgical fertility tools that our field so desperately needs is inspiring, but to be part of paving the way for the success of these tools is an honour.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs is an outstanding non-profit doing the important work no other non-profit has had the expertise to tackle: Non-surgical contraception for cats and dogs. They are affiliated with veterinarians and scientists from around the world and every year improvements in the procedure are being made. We all know the objections veterinarians give who are asked to spay or neuter animals pro bono. . . surgery is too time-consuming, recovery time is too time-consuming and they cannot give away that much time and skill. That is why this non-profit is so important. . . . a simple injection with the recovery time of about 30 minutes and the pet population can be controlled around the world. The overpopulation of dogs and cats have plagued cities, towns, villages and pet lovers forever. Now we have THE SOLUTION! That is why this non-profit deserves recognition and the funding to educate veterinarians and the general public world-wide.

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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 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.

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 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.