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AAFP: Free-roaming abandoned and feral cats

AAHA is pleased to endorse the 2004 American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Position Statement on Free-Roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats. Following a thorough review, the AAHA Board of Directors formally endorsed the guidelines during its June 2004 meeting.

“AAHA is very supportive of the comprehensive approach taken by AAFP to address the serious and widespread problem of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats,” says Dennis Feinberg, DVM, AAHA president. “The veterinary profession can play an important role in preventing abandonment and in providing education to clients about responsible cat ownership and feral cat issues.”

The AAFP position statement encourages and supports actions to provide solutions to the problems associated with free-roaming abandoned and feral cat populations. The problems include quality-of-life issues for the cats, their impact on wildlife, and their potential impact on public health. The position statement is available on the AAFP website.

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