200221 Feral Cats - the challenges to protect cats, public health and the environment

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:30 AM

Thomas Gecewicz, CHO, MPA, CHWM , Public & Environmental Health Consultant for SPAY/USA, SPAY USA, Bridgeport, CT
As a Public Health Director for the past 30as well as a local elected Board of Health Member for 21, and a member of several Public Health groups including NACCHO. Thus I have worked with a number of public health leaders, local veterinarian and care givers for the health concerns regarding feral cats. The challenges to protect the public, the environment and deal with stray cats have been a public health concern for years. The concept of TNR working with the local groups in public /private partnership is smart for our budgets and helps keep the free – roaming cat population low. The safety and well-being of the community, the environment and the cats, are all addressed and related to public health as both cost –effective and humane.

Learning Objectives:
Analyze, Describe, Discuss, Explain, Identify, Demonstrate,Evaluate

Keywords: Advocacy, Immunizations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: N/A

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been A Public Health Officer for over 30 years. I hold a MPA and I also am a grad from the CDC Public Health Scholars Program, Public Health Leadership Institute. I have been a planner/Organizer with the present experience in coordinating educational activites and similar work.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
SPAY USA N/A Consultant and I was the Public Health Consultant under a grant

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.