Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is a professional
organization of veterinarians who share an interest in providing excellence
in the care and treatment of cats. The AAFP seeks to raise the standards
of feline medicine and surgery among practitioners by sharing knowledge,
rewarding advancement in research, sponsoring continuing education, supporting
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) certification in the
Feline Practice category, and encouraging veterinary student interest
in feline medicine.
Since 1991, the
AAFP has published practice guidelines, mini-guidelines and position
papers to help the veterinary community provide uniform and optimal
care for feline patients, to educate cat owners about optimum medical
care for cats, and to prevent needless deaths and suffering from mismanagement.
The AAFP is honored to join the NCPPSP to assist with programs to reduce
the number of unwanted/homeless cats.
Since 1877, American Humane Association (AHA) has been a national leader
in identifying and preventing the causes of both child and animal abuse/neglect.
AHA is the only humane organization that protects both children and
AHA supports the council's research-based work. It is our hope that
will lead us toward interventions that can have a positive impact on
the pet and human populations we serve.
American Pet Products Association
"The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is
the leading not-for-profit trade association serving pet product manufacturers
and importers. Founded in 1958, APPA's membership has grown to nearly
850 pet product manufacturers, importers, manufacturers' representatives
and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing
business enterprises worldwide.
APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and
the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help
its members prosper. The association conducts industry-related market
research, scientific research, and educational seminars and promotes
responsible pet ownership. APPA also works closely with other major
organizations dedicated to similar goals to identify and help fund research
projects; and monitors and responds to legislation and regulation."
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
was founded in 1866, "...To provide effective means for the prevention
of cruelty to animals..." The Society continues this mission through
national education, advocacy and shelter outreach programs.
The ASPCA supports the NCPPSP because it provides empirical information
and models for animal shelter staff, veterinarians and other professionals
for the implementation and evaluation of programs to address pet population
Veterinary Medical Association
Established in 1863, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
recognizes the importance of the human-animal bond and the veterinarian's
role in preserving, protecting, and strengthening relationships between
people and animals. The AVMA is the largest veterinary organization
worldwide, with approximately 75,000 members. AVMA members contribute
to the well-being of animals and people through their work in clinical
practice, public health, regulatory agencies, private industry, uniformed
services, education and research.
Society looks to veterinary medicine, humane societies, and animal control
organizations for solutions to the problem of homeless/unwanted pets.
Studies sponsored by the NCPPSP have been successful in defining human
and animal characteristics associated with relinquishment of millions
of dogs and cats annually to shelters, and the AVMA is excited about
the next phase of NCPPSP activity, which will focus on programs to reduce
the number of homeless/unwanted pets. The AVMA is proud to be a founding
member of a group that has been proactive in addressing a major social
problem. Together we can make a difference!
for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
The Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
(AVEPM) is a professional organization for people involved in advancing
all aspects of veterinary public health and preventive medicine and
related disciplines through education. Its membership includes teachers,
researchers, practitioners, administrators, and students.
was a founding member of the NCPPSP because of its commitment to the
public health issues related to homeless dogs and cats. These issues
include the potential spread of diseases transmissible from animals
to humans (zoonoses) as well as the positive role animals can play in
the physical and psychological well being of humans (the human-animal
bond and animal assisted therapy). Further, the AVEPM
shares the Council's concern for the millions of healthy animals that
must be humanely killed each year and several AVEPM
scientists have been instrumental in the scientific studies of the Council.
The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (CFA) is the world's largest registry
of pedigreed cats. Its principal function is the maintenance of its
registry, the promulgation of rules for and the sponsoring of pedigreed
cat exhibitions and the promotion of the interests of pedigreed cats,
their owners and breeders. However, the welfare of all cats is also
a central interest of CFA. CFA is the founder of, and is still closely
associated with, the Winn Feline Foundation, a publicly supported foundation
devoted to the support of feline health research.
CFA became a founding member of the NCPPSP due to its strong interest
in the welfare of all cats. Along with other concerned organizations,
CFA sensed a need for a consistent collection of relevant data regarding
the human animal bond. Such data is an essential first step in addressing
through informed interventions the proliferation of homeless animals
resulting from the failure of that bond.
Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), with a constituency
of more than 7 million, is the nation's largest animal protection organization
and is devoted to making the world safe for animal through legal, educational,
legislative, and investigative means.
HSUS is pleased to be a member organization of the NCPPSP and to support
its efforts to study pet overpopulation. Together we can work to strengthen
and preserve the human-animal bond and ensure that keeping a pet is
a lifetime commitment on the part of a family.
Animal Control Association
The objectives of
the National Animal Control Association (NACA) are 1) to improve, promote,
professionalize, and publicize animal control, while promoting justice
and equity in the enforcement of animal control laws and 2) to advance
the health, morale, welfare, training, and knowledge of animal control
of animal control officers and associations, while providing communications
and education for animal control organizations.
NACA supports the
work of the NCPPSP in determining the number of unwanted pets or pet
overpopulation, factors of why animals are turn in or unclaimed at shelters,
and possible solutions in decreasing these problems or creating a wanted
and loved pet. Finding solutions or recommendations made by NCPPSP should
make the work of the animal control officer, humane officer and shelter
work more positive and create greater job satisfaction if the number
of impounded animals/turn-ins would decrease. Officers could devote
more effort toward education and enforcement in a effective manner.
of Animal Welfare Administrators
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a non-profit
association for administrators of animal care and control agencies.
Our executive level training, networking and information exchange promotes
humane ideals and the advancement of a professional approach to management.
SAWA believes that the death of millions of companion animals each year
will be ameliorated through the scientific investigation of causes and
rigorous evaluation of intervention strategies by the NCPPSP.