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It's "back to school" this week in our household. And ACC&D is also looking forward to an exciting new "school year" as we continue to learn and grow in our quest to see new tools available for dog and cat population control.

 Cats in School

I'm happy to be able to share some updates in this e-newsletter I think you will find of real interest:

As always, we welcome your comments and questions. And we hope things are going well with your own work for the animals!



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Joyce Briggs, President

 EsterilsolEsterilsol Launch Planned for February 2012 
Non-surgical sterilant for male dogs to be available in the U.S.

The introduction of the only permanent non-surgical sterilant on the U.S. market is exciting news, offering an alternative to castration that will save many shelters time and money, allowing them to sterilize more animals. Ark Sciences, the company behind Esterilsol, has begun talking with animal

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Dogs sterilized with Esterilsol

keep their "balls"

welfare organizations about the upcoming U.S. launch of Esterilsol. Training will begin this November and product is expected to be available in February. The price for Esterilsol will depend on how many orders are placed by January 31, 2012. (Learn more through our document linked to below.) 


ACC&D wants to help organizations and veterinarians learn more about Esterilsol so they can explore how this product might help them reach further with their sterilization programs. Please
visit the Esterilsol page on our website and read see our Esterilsol Product Profile and Position Paper to learn more. Additional information can be found on Ark Sciences website. And please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions or comments at info@acc-d.org.  

 BoardandAdvisorsWelcoming Drs. Elly Hiby, Julie Levy, and John Boone 
Meet our three new additions! 

ACC&D's directors and advisors volunteer their time to help us achieve our goal of advance new methods of cat and dog reproductive control. We are honored to have a diverse group of experts in animal welfare, veterinary medicine, animal health drug development, population management, animal reproduction, and public health. Please join us in welcoming Drs. Hiby, Levy, and Boone!


Three CatsBoard member Elly Hiby, PhD is the scientific advisor to the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), where she has focused on companion animal welfare, including population management programs. She was also a presenter at our 4th International Symposium last year.


Scientific advisor Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, ACVIM is the director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the founder of Operation Catnip. She has led several studies of cat and dog contraceptives and non-surgical sterilants and has been a participant in ACC&D's symposia and scientific think tanks.


Scientific advisor John Boone, PhD, is senior biologist at the Great Basin Bird Observatory and a board member of the SPCA of Northern Nevada. He also helped inspire, organize, and was a key participant in our recent Population Dynamics Modeling Think Tank. (Stay tuned for more on that event!)

 CoSACC&D's New Council of Stakeholders 
Charter members are recognized leaders in animal welfare 

ACC&D is proud to introduce you to the charter members of our new Council of Stakeholders, a group of organizations that are taking a leadership role in advancing non-surgical sterilization for cats and dogs: The ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Petco Foundation, and PetSmart Charities�.

ASPCA logo  Best Friends logo  HSUS logo

                               Petco Foundation Logo   PetSmart Charities Logo


Our charter Council members represent some of the most prominent animal welfare organizations in the world. (Several were recently recognized by Philanthropedia as the "highest impact" organizations in this field. Read more here.)   


We will continue to expand the Council of Stakeholders and we welcome you to join us! Stakeholders can be organizations, foundations, or individuals interested in advancing animal welfare, animal health, or public health in a leadership role. Contact Joyce Briggs at  joyce@acc-d.org for more information on how the Council works and the associated benefits.

MPGMichelson Prize & Grants Program News 
A new website and graduate student grant challenge

The Found Animal Foundation just released the new Michelson Prize & Grants Program website, complete with a Found Animals logoresources section including Canine/Feline Reproduction Resources (a great quick overview of the topic!), a Quality Assurance Toolkit for researchers, and links to presentations from the Michelson Prize & Grants Track at ACC&D's 4th International Symposium.


The new website also includes information on the new Graduate Student Grant Challenge, which offers three $15,000 grants to the most promising proposals for non-surgical sterilant technologies.

KCCome See Us in Kansas City!
Public presentation and reception on September 27th 

Three Smiling DogsACC&D is hosting a free presentation and reception at the Hilton President Kansas City from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on September 27th. Are you interested in learning more about ACC&D's work and meeting members of our Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board? Please join us! Click here for details in a flyer you can share with friends and colleagues.


Thank you to Aratana Therapeutics for sponsoring this event! 

WRDWorld Rabies Day is September 28th
Learn more and get involved!
World Rabies Day logoDid you know that over 55,000 people, most of them children, die from rabies each year? World Rabies Day events range from educational events to vaccine clinics for dogs (most human rabies cases are the result of contact with infected dogs). Visit the World Rabies Day website to learn more, find an event near you, or plan an event of your own! 
ISCFR7th International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction
We'll be there. Will you?

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Contraception is one important aspect of cat and dog reproduction. We're delighted that this symposium will include presentations on this topic and we look forward to attending. Symposium organizers include global leaders in fertility control, among them ACC&D scientific advisors and participants in our symposia and scientific think tanks. You can find out more at the ISCFR website.  

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