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Alley Cat Allies and the ASPCA Present:
Solutions for Feral Cats, a TNR Seminar

Registration is Re-Opened
Sunday June 4th, 2006
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Kankakee, IL
*ASPCA reception 5:00-7:00 pm

In this FREE seminar, you’ll learn how to find workable solutions to feral cat overpopulation that you can bring back to your community. Learn about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and how this humane method of control can be the answer your community is looking for. Hear insightful information presented by some of the foremost experts on the subject and receive a FREE DVD and handouts. The only hitch is that seating is limited so hurry up and reserve your spot today!

To register, call Alley Cat Allies at: 1-866-309-6207 (toll free) or e-mail Please make sure to include your name, e-mail address, and phone number.

If more than one person from an organization will be attending, please list the organization name, address, e-mail and phone number and the full name of each employee that will be attending.

This seminar is held one day before and at the same location as the IL Federation of Humane Societies 2006 Prairie States Conference.

Join us after the seminar from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm for a reception hosted by the ASCPA. Mingle with attendees and meet the presenters while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and free drinks!

Hilton Garden Inn
RiverStone Conference Center
455 Riverstone Parkway
Kankakee, IL 60901
Reservations: 815-932-4444
Website: Click HERE to visit the Hilton Garden Inn website.

*Call before May 21, 2006 and get the discounted conference rate of $89!

Speakers Bios:
Dr. Richard Speck - Lead Veterinarian for the Spay/Neuter Clinic of the Animal Protective League of Springfield, Illinois

Richard received his Doctor of Veterinary Medical Degree (DVM) from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 following two years of service in the Army and an undergrad degree in microbiology. Richard has owned a private practice for nearly 24 years until joining the Animal Protective League of Springfield to start a high volume S/N clinic.

Sandra K.L. Norman, DVM - Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Companion Animal/Equine Director

Sandra holds a BS in Agriculture (1977) and Doctor of Veterinary Medical Degree (DVM) in 1980 from Purdue University. After graduation, she worked companion animal and equine medicine and surgery at Whiteland Animal Clinic along with relief work at several clinics in the Indianapolis area. She was an associate at South 31 Veterinary Clinic and then co-owner and operator of Southwest Veterinary Clinic. In 1995 she joined the Board of Animal Health as Director of the Companion Animal/Equine Division.

Ledy VanKavage. – ASPCA, Midwest Government Affairs Director

Ledy graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in zoology and attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in environmental studies, before going to St. Louis University and earning her J.D. She founded the Madison County Humane Society, co-founded the Illinois Federation of Humane Societies and co-founder of Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Ledy joined the ASPCA in 1999 and serves as the Senior Director of Legal Training and Legislation.

Lisa Tudor – IndyFeral, President

Lisa received her B.S. in Telecommunications/Marketing from Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1984). She spent 17 yrs in the social service field with Noble of Indiana from 1989-2005. She founded Indyferal in 2002 in Indianapolis IN and created a successful TNR, colony management and clinic program for unowned, free-roaming stray and feral cats. In addition, she worked closely with Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) and the City of Indianapolis to craft the new TNR ordinance which passed in the Fall of 2005. Currently Lisa is working with IACC to develop TNR educational materials, tools and resources for animal control officers.

Katie Sweeney – City of Indianapolis, Indiana Animal Control Officer

Katie graduated from Purdue University in May of 2004 with a B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. While in school she volunteered with various spay/neuter organizations, veterinary clinics and the local Humane Society. She started working for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control in July of 2004 as an Animal Control Officer. In December of 2005 she began working with IndyFeral, and now serves as the TNR liaison between Indyferal and Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

Becky Robinson - Alley Cat Allies, National Director

Becky has worked in the animal protection field for 23 years. She received her Master in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1987, and B.A in Social Work from Bethany College in 1979. She has been trained and certified by the National Animal Control Association (NACA). She co-founded ACA in 1990 and has consulted with animal control agencies, animal rescue groups, humane societies, local governments, and individuals worldwide on implementing innovative solutions for the overpopulation crisis of domestic animals.

Solutions for Feral Cats Seminar Program:

9:00 – 9:40 – Ledy VanKavage – “State funding for feral fixes - Anna's Lawâ€

Anna's Law provides funding for low cost vaccinations/spays/neuters for the pets of people on food stamps and social security benefits. It can also be used to provide these services for feral and farm cats. Learn how and why this law can help feral cats and people in Illinois and beyond.

9:50 – 11:50 – Alley Cat Allies – “How to Build a Communitywide TNR Programâ€

Alley Cat Allies has been working with the Washington, DC, government and humane community for years to establish a citywide TNR program. Learn the ins and outs of how to start a communitywide TNR program and the essential components to make it a success.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:10 – 2:10 – Lisa Tudor and Katie Sweeney – "Feral Cat 101 for Animal Control Officers"

What is the best way to talk about TNR with your animal control officer? Hear practical advice and suggestions from a feral cat advocate and an animal control officer on how to explain and encourage support for TNR at your local animal control.

2:20 – 3:00 – Dr. Richard Speck - “The Evolution of a Feral Cat Program Founded by a Veterinarianâ€

Veterinarians are essential to reducing outdoor cat populations through spay/neuter, but they can do more! Hear how veterinarians can play an integral part in creating model spay/neuter clinics, large scale TNR programs and work with animal control and public health officials.

3:10 – 4:00 - Dr. Sandra Norman – “TNR: Disease and Regulatory Issuesâ€

Rabies and other diseases always raise a red flag with government officials when talking about how to manage feral cat populations. Hear why it is essential to educate officials about how TNR enables rabies vaccinations in feral cats and helps to protect the public.

4:00 – 4:20 - Panel Discussion – All speakers will sit on a panel for audience Q & A

4:20 – 4:30 Closing by Alley Cat Allies