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The book "Save Our Strays: How We Can End Pet Overpopulation and Stop Killing Healthy Cats and Dogs" by Bob Christiansen (now with Atlanta Animal Alliance and Project CatSnip) is still a most comprehensive blueprint, although published in 1998. It includes 19 factors or programs to save animal lives. Articles on the SOS website are excellent, but reading the book through from start to finish is very helpful; a fast read at 100 pages. It is also a great quick reference. The book is out of print but please let me know if you cannot borrow it from a library or animal advocate.

Table of Contents

Origins of Animal Control and the Humane Movement
Current Surplus Pet Situation
The Right to Live, by Bernard E. Rollin, Ph.D
The Dynamics of Surplus Cats
The Dynamics of Surplus Dogs

Factors that Save Animal Lives:
* Effective leadership
* Effective community organization and program coordination
* Organizing a community coalition
* Proper data collection, scientific assessment of information, strategic planning and coordinated action based on findings
* Comprehensive, community spay/neuter programs
* Permanent identification programs
Programs to deal with the uncontrolled reproduction of feral cats
* Responsibility and commitment by owners
* Balance of supply versus demand
* High-volume shelter adoption programs
* Curtail amateur and backyard dog breeding
* Programs to care for sick and injured animals
* Programs to detect owners who are uneducated or who are experiencing problems and to intervene with appropriate education
* Full support from the veterinarian community
The Veterinarian’s Role, Bernard B. Rollin, Ph.D
* Educational programs to define the problem, prioritize resources and initiate solutions that change owner behaviors
* Animal legislation on which all organizations can agree
* Increase the supply of rental apartments and condominium housing where pets are allowed
* Better program accountability
* Shelters designed for group housing of dogs and cat colonies to decrease animal stress
* Productive economics
Appendix: Computing your regional statistics