American 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.

American Humane Association
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 animals.

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.

The 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."

American 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 concerns.

American 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!

Association 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. 

AVEPM 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.

Cat Fanciers' Association
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.

The 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.

The 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.

National 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.

Society 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.


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