Stress Free Felines: Techniques for Managing Cats in Shelters

  • 22 May 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Stress Free Felines: 

Techniques for Managing Cats in Shelters 

Speaker: Megann Smith, Shelter Manager,

Wood County Humane Society    

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Noon - 1:00 p.m. on Zoom

Coming from the Midwest, cats are a constant find in shelters and many of us cannot keep up with the demand. As the number of cats needing assistance increases, so does the stress of a shelter environment for them. During this presentation, we'll review traits of a cat that make shelters stressful for them and review step by step easy, small changes we can make to improve their experience. 

The presentation will move through the cat's journey to adoption starting with intake. Along the way, we'll pause to work through real solutions to remedy obstacles that are adding to a cat's stress and nerves in shelter. Reviewing how to make current housing spaces more feline friendly with existing items in your shelter and enhancing your enrichment program to help engage the senses to help the cat during the stay. All while learning how our shelter interactions can impact a cat's stress during their stay and the impact that stress has on their overall adoptability.

By minimizing stress of cats in shelters, adoptability increases and when cats are adopted, organizations can bring in more cats faster. The benefits to creating a cat friendly process and environment can feel endless, but we'll navigate how to avoid making it more costly!


With a BA in psychology, 10 years in animal welfare experience, and more than a clowder of cats who’ve held my heart I love having the opportunity to share on the topic of improving the lives of animals. Spending most of my years at a small private non-profit, I have had the opportunity to engage within the community and build upon the ever-progressive techniques and tips with the field. Working within a more rural area, I quickly found the focus of care catered to the dogs and wanted to expand upon the needs of cats. This led to a deep dive of sheltering standards, understanding cat behavior, stress indicators, and so much more. As animal welfare progressed so did my areas of interest. Reaching out past the animals and recognizing the impact begins with people behind them, I began to add focuses of supportive and social care to my education. Recently I acquired my certification as a Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist in my efforts to become a larger support piece within the community. Working towards expanding my credentials, I am excited to share and discuss ways to help improve the lives of animals in and out of shelters across the nation. 


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  • $35 per organization for Ohio Fedmembers with 6-10 program participants 

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    Ohio Animal Welfare Federation is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with th5 domains of the CAWA Exam specifications. Every hour of training equals 1 CE towards CAWA Recertification. 

    This webinar has also been approved for Continuing Educational Units by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA). National certificate holders can submit for credit consistent with the NACA CEU policy located here.

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