In late 2018, I conducted an online survey regarding stakeholder preferences for cat management, surveying people who identified as either feral cat advocates or wild bird advocates. While there have been other surveys on this topic, usually locally-focused, there was a need for a national study of how both key stakeholder groups rate all cat management options (from sterilization and deterrents to lethal methods), including some of the exciting new non-lethal population control methods that are being developed for use in cats. To the best of my knowledge, this is the most comprehensive study that has been conducted on the subject, and the 2559 respondents make it the largest. I’m currently preparing the full manuscript to submit to an open-access academic journal.
For some highlights of my results, here is the poster we presented at the HSUS Animal Care Expo: view/download the PDF.