A unique and ambitious three-year, $1.5 million project organized by the Humane Rescue Alliance, the Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, wants to know how many cats are living in Washington D.C. and how these cats are living their lives. The results will help animal advocates better understand the cats in their community and to help more strays find homes. Two full-time staffers and up to 50 cameras will be deployed on city blocks and in forested areas and parks. Cats will also be counted by sending questionnaires to homes and by simply walking streets to track cats within a particular zip code. Read more about the project in The Washington Post, or visit the DC Cat Count website.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you about the AAFP’s new feline anesthesia guidelines, on Tuesday, we featured a super cute cat basket perch and scratcher, on Wednesday, we introduced you to the Orphan Kitten Club, and on Friday, we reviewed I Am a Cat. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for an Assisi Loop!

The kitten in today’s video must be having some really good dreams – enjoy!

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4 Comments on Mews and Nips: Three Year Census Project Wants to Count all of Washington D.C.’s Cats

  1. I hope you see this “project” as a “Nip.” The Smithsonian has long advocated that Trap Neuter Return, or TNR, is not effective in controlling outdoor feral and stray cat populations. Their position is catch and eradicate (kill). I worry about how this data will be used to support this position. Spaying and neutering is of real value to cats and caretakers alike. Catch and kill is not the answer to feline overpopulation issues.

  2. I heard about this on NPR’s Marketplace of all places. I think it’s about time someone started really counting the cats out there instead of fabricating inflated numbers and taking action half-truths. Those of us who TNR actually do know how many cats are out there in many places because we are the ones assessing situations, planning trapping and scheduling clinic appointments, then keeping up with caretakers. The real need is to find the irresponsible people who continue repopulating the outdoor cat population.

  3. just ANOTHER government sneaky move to invade our lives!!! now they want to census cats, so they can setup ways to kill them without people raising an outcry!!! where’s the “census” for dogs? they will capture/poison/kill all feral cats or cats found roaming or homeless. BEWARE, this is not for the good of the kitties!!!!! and I dont believe that its approved by the animal welfare orgs either. most people dont like cats, and this is just a “legal” way to dispose of them…..finding homes, yeah right. sorry, anything like this the govt is involved in or some of these orgs, I dont trust.

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