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April 30, 2015

This is a particularly fun e-newsletter to write, as we have lots of news to share with you. From cats to dogs to pigeons, read on for the latest updates on non-surgical fertility control!


Girl with dog in Columbia

Joyce Briggs, President



Grant to advance fertility control for free-roaming and feral cats

ACC&D is pleased and honored to have received a $130,000 transformational grant from The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation. Learn more in our press release

This grant offers critical support for a 5-year study poised to begin this summer. In 2011, Dr. Julie Levy,  Maddie's Professor of Shelter Medicine  in the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, completed a study u sing a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) immunocontraceptive vaccine. The study found that female cats who received the vaccine stayed infertile for a median length of over 3 years! (When the study was complete, they were spayed and adopted into forever homes.) Dr. Levy will join Dr. Amy Fischer to study the vaccine effect in cats living in an outdoor colony environment.

Thanks to The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, we are a step closer to advancing safe, effective, efficient, and affordable non-surgical fertility control for free-roaming cats. We welcome support for the balance of the study cost; please contact us with any questions.

ISFM European Congress hosting day devoted to feline fertility control


In collaboration with International Cat Care, ACC&D is traveling across "the pond" this summer and facilitating a daylong session on feline fertility control at the 2015 International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) European Congress. In the region? Looking for a reason to travel to beautiful Porto, Portugal? Please join us to learn about non-surgical feline fertility control and related topics! This Pre-Congress Day will take place on July 1; July 2-5 will convene expert speakers on feline dermatology and haematology. Participants can register for the entire Congress or just July 1. Check out the complete list of sessions and speakers here. 


Porto, Portugal (people.ac.upc.edu/rcanal/fotos)

New approach to controlling fertility in cats and dogs


Many of those reading this e-newsletter are familiar with the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology (MPG), a USD $75 million investment toward developing a permanent non-surgical sterilant for cats and dogs (if you are not familiar, learn more here!).  

Last week, MPG announced a new grant to support a study using Mullerian Inhibiting Substance (MIS), a recombinant reproductive hormone, as a permanent sterilant. Drs. Patricia Donahoe and David Pepin at Massachusetts General Hospital received the grant. MIS is a new approach for MPG and was originally studied by the researchers as a treatment for ovarian cancer. Like much of the work funded by MPG, it's exciting to see research undertaken for humans have potential to benefit our four-legged companions!

New ICAM Coalition resources helps you measure your impact


Without a doubt, all of us involved in animal welfare want to achieve the greatest positive impact possible. But do our interventions really work? Are we making a difference? And how can we be more successful? The International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) Coalition has been striving to answer this question relative to humane dog population management (DPM), particularly in the developing world. Dr. Elly Hiby, ICAM Coalition Scientific Coordinator and ACC&D Board Chair, has spent the past 18 months leading ICAM's initiative to offer science-based indicators to measure the impact of DPM interventions and identify "what works." The result: this free and downloadable guide to monitoring and evaluating dog population management interventions, plus more resources, including an interactive impact assessment tool, through the ICAM Indicators Project. Learn more in ACC&D's full write-up, and don't be shy about providing ICAM feedback! 
CalchlorinTM Timmy Prize results just announcedTimmy
Prize promotes additional data collection on male dog and cat sterilization technique   


Community dogs (VBenka)
The nonprofit Parsemus Foundation, which works to advance innovative and neglected medical research, has championed a solution of 20% calcium chloride dihydrate in alcohol (which the Foundation named CalchlorinTM). Parsemus Foundation recently announced the 1st round winner of the "Timmy Prize" to incentivize data gathering on this sterilant. The winner, a U.S. veterinarian and shelter, used the injectable sterilant in six dogs and three tomcats (the first cats sterilized using this method in the U.S.). All dogs tolerated the injection well. Keeping in mind that the number of participating animals was small, the veterinarian found that the current dosage and injection technique seemed to be more effective in smaller dogs (< 50-55 pounds) than larger. View the press release for more information on the Timmy Prize winner, the next prize round, and Parsemus Foundation's work with this non-surgical sterilization approach.

ACC&D respects and appreciates the Parsemus Foundation's work to make fertility control for companion animals more affordable and accessible. We believe that the current use of intratesticular calcium chloride as a sterilant should be considered experimental. We recommend that those who are interested fully consider both the legal regulations and risk-benefit balance of a compounded sterilant in their particular context. ACC&D has multiple resources, including a review of existing literature and an ACC&D statement and position paper, available here.


More from the ICAM CoalitionDPMconf
Proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Dog Population Management  


Sterilized/vaccinated Istanbul community dog (V Benka)

The ICAM Coalition hosted a fantastic 2nd International Conference on Dog Population Management in Istanbul, Turkey last month. The event welcomed delegates from around the globe to share innovative, inter-sectoral, and evidence-based strategies to humanely manage dog populations and improve the health and welfare of canines and humans alike. Recorded proceedings were just released, and we encourage you to take a look! 

ACC&D's Board Vice Chair, Dr. Linda Rhodes, gave one of the keynote addresses, taking the audience on an engaging and informative tour of non-surgical fertility control for dogs. Dr. Elly Hiby, ACC&D's Board Chair, presented in her capacity as ICAM Coalition Scientific Coordinator, and fellow Board member Dr. John Boone gave a talk titled "Population size estimates for street dogs: the good, the bad and the shortcuts" drawing from his work with Humane Society International. ACC&D Project Manager Valerie Benka spoke on marking free-roaming dogs (learn more about the initiative here).

Good news for our flying friends!Mexico
OvoControl P approved in Mexico

OvoControl P, birth control for pigeons, was recently registered for use in Mexico. (It is already registered in 49 U.S. states). OvoControl is an oral bait, dispensed with a wildlife feeder, that interferes with reproduction in treated birds; a population will ultimately decline through attrition (lower numbers of baby pigeons, or "squabs," being born). OvoControl P is a great way to manage bird numbers without using of inhumane methods-including poison that can also harm non-target species.

Erick Wolf, CEO of OvoControl manufacturer Innolytics, reported that "Mostly by word of mouth, as the popularity of the product has increased so have the product inquiries from Canada and Mexico. We finally acted on the customer requests for a local registration which the Mexican authorities granted." This is great news for pigeons and communities in Mexico wishing to manage the birds' numbers-congratulations!


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