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Feral Cat Group-sponsored conference features animal welfare topics

Representatives from animal rescue groups and other animal advocates from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are expected to attend the first animal welfare conference sponsored by the university's Feral Cat Group.

The one-day conference, “Changing Animal Welfare: Changing Paradigms” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 at the University Union. Registration fee is $75, lunch included.

The UNT Feral Cat Group began in February 1998, when a group of faculty and staff members became concerned about the more than 100 stray and feral cats living on campus. Members began using the Trap-Neuter-Return process to control the cat population, with both tame stray cats and feral cats being captured in humane steel traps and taken to veterinarians for sterilization and immunizations.

The group has trapped more than 260 cats since 1998, with the tame strays adopted and feral cats returned to the campus location where they were trapped. Members of the group maintain feeding stations and shelters for the feral cats.The group is currently caring for approximately 50 cats.     

Speakers include:

  • Diana Trull, founder and chief operations officer of the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary, known as DAWGS. Tull was a teacher in the West Texas city of approximately 7,000 people when she and her family started the no-kill animal shelter in 2003. DAWGS has rescued more than 5,200 cats and dogs and placed many with new homes.
  • Robert L. “Skip” Trimble, Dallas attorney, will be luncheon speaker. A principal in the real estate investment firm Catlyn Capital Corp., Trimble is the current chair of the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission, a board member of the Metroplex Animal Coalition and a board member and legislative chair of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, a grassroots organization that promotes the human treatment of animals. Trimble is also a former board member of the national Animal Legal Defense Fund.
  • Find other speakers. Topics include low cost spay/neuter programs, feral cat programs, integrative veterinary medicine, emergency management for animals and care of shy and abused dogs.

Learn more, Nancy Kelly, director, UNT Feral Cat Group.

 - Nancy Kolsti, News Promotions


Posted on: Wed 08 February 2012

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