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September 1, 2017

Our thoughts are with those affected by recent hurricanes and monsoons in the southeast US and south Asia where flooding has uprooted families and their pets, and threatened wildlife and livestock as well as people. We send our best wishes to everyone involved, including those on the ground risking so much to rescue animals.
As the long weekend approaches here in the US, we hope you'll find time to read our updates below! A summer highlight was participation in the 8th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control, where my colleague and I got to visit Assateague and see the wild horses (see photo above)! It was thrilling to be in the presence of such beautiful animals, and to know that their population is being controlled humanely with non-surgical methods. It speaks to the capacity for non-surgical fertility control to benefit a variety of species and was a reminder of the importance of the work we are doing at ACC&D. 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Girl with dog in Columbia
Joyce Briggs, President
ACC&D's Product Profile and Position Papers (4Ps) are independent reviews based on science and include an animal welfare perspective. Our newest one is on Suprelorin, a subcutaneous implant which contains the active ingredient deslorelin acetate and provides long-term contraception. Suprelorin is a successful product in the European Union, Australia and New Zealand for use in male dogs. Fun fact: Our webpage on Suprelorin is one of the most frequently visited on our site!
ACC&D's 6th International Symposium, July 22-24, 2018
ACC&D is pleased to announce our 6th International Symposium on Non-surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control, which will be held July 24-26, 2018, at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. We will be reaching out this fall with a request for abstracts, so stay tuned for updates via our e-newsletters, Facebook, and website. Thanks to Morris Animal Foundation for signing on as the first sponsor for this event! For those of you who may be interested in sponsorship opportunities, please click here
ACC&D at two conferences in July, 2017
ACC&D Director of Programs, Valerie Benka, and President, Joyce Briggs, recently attended the Best Friends Animal Society National Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. There, we met Dr. Jacquie Rand, Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland and now Executive Director and Chief Scientist at the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation. She is deeply involved in advocating for humane free-roaming cat management and has used our PLOS One article in talking with officials. We were happy to hear of our project's practical applications to date and welcome any others with "real world" use to let us know!
Joyce and Val also attended the 8th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control, where Joyce presented on our efforts to design new forms of identification for dogs and cats who have been sterilized or contracepted non-surgically, without anesthesia. Those who work in wildlife fertility control are equally invested in finding a humane way to identify animals sterilized non-surgically, so it was a well-received presentation!
Good News! ACC&D the recipient of two new grants
The Elinor Patterson Baker Foundation has joined ACC&D's Council of Stakeholders at the Visionary Circle level, and the William and Charlotte Parks Foundation has provided $9,000 to support our project to develop tools to aid ethical decision making when implementing field innovations targeting dogs and cats. We are grateful for the generous support from these two foundations! 
World Rabies Day: September 28, 2017
Our friends at the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) are gearing up for World Rabies Day, and have provided resources for you to get involved. You can hold a World Rabies Day event, join the End Rabies Now campaign, and send in a nomination for a World Rabies Day Award. The theme for this year's World Rabies Day is Rabies: Zero by 30, reflecting and supporting the global goal of  zero deaths from canine-mediated rabies by 2030.
ACC&D Board Member Linda Rhodes joins Board of Zoetis
Congratulations to longtime ACC&D Board Member Linda Rhodes, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Zoetis Inc., the world's largest global animal health company. Both Boards are lucky to have her expertise, thoughtfulness, and vision!

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