The following post is from Philip Wilson, The World Society for the Protection of Animal (WSPA) U.S. Programs/Member Society Manager, who is blogging live from The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs' (ACC&D) 4th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control in Dallas, Tex.
Hello from Texas! It's Day 2 at ACC&D's symposium and, so far, the event has been nothing short of fascinating.
On this 10th anniversary of the founding of ACC&D (a WSPA Member Society,) the symposium is abuzz with researchers, academics, veterinarians, animal welfare professionals and other stakeholders in cat and dog fertility control. Despite our various backgrounds, we've all come together to help support the ACC&D in a common mission: to help manage the cat and dog population, worldwide.
The plight of stray animals is one of the most visible animal welfare issues in the world today. Globally, there are an estimated 500 million dogs, of which approximately 80% are stray or unwanted. A similar number of cats are also without a home. Effective animal birth control is one of several key components to these programs. Spay and neuter surgery has been the traditional method, however there has been increased development in the field of non-surgical contraceptives and sterilants.
Today and tomorrow's sessions cover a number of ideas, strategies and inspiration for the successful advancement of birth control options for cats and dogs -- a few topics I'm particularly looking forward to include:
- Understanding the Need: An international panel of leaders of population control programs – Moderator: Dr. Andrew Rowan, Panelists: Emma Clifford (Caribbean, Galapagos), Dr. Elly Hiby (various locations), James Bias (U.S.) and Liliana Sierra (Colombia)
- EsterilSol™: Overview, History, and Current Use – Dr. Carlos Esquive