The DC Cat Count; Business Meeting; PSA Awards

The DC Cat Count: Establishing Common Ground for Collaboration & Cat Population Management

Join DC Cat Count researchers and administrators to learn about the outcomes of the DC Cat Count and how you can apply them in your community. We adapted techniques from population biology and ecology to produce groundbreaking research quantifying outdoor, owned, and shelter cat populations in Washington, D.C., which generated the most intensive urban cat dataset ever created. Our success is rooted in the diverse group of partners, including community-based and national animal welfare organizations, conservation biologists, and independent researchers, whose complementary expertise facilitated the most accurate total cat estimate ever created, and forged new opportunities to explore the interactions between animals, people, and community. The goal of this project is to help develop humane, data-driven cat population management programs in communities across the nation.

Learn about the free Cat Counting Toolkit which includes valid protocols, tools, and training materials for quantifying cat populations and tracking the impacts of management programs that are suitable for organizations with a wide range of needs and skill sets. By taking a science-based approach to understanding the cat population in your community, you can accurately assess your organization’s impact and provide stakeholder groups with a common foundation for collaboration and data-driven decision making.

Sponsored by Vetoquinol

Moderator: Lisa LaFontaine, Humane Rescue Alliance


  • Dr. John Boone, Great Basin Bird Observatory
  • Dr. Tyler Flockhart, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
  • Dr. Bill McShea, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Lauren Lipsey

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Dr. John Boone

Great Basin Bird Observatory

John Boone, PhD, is a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist who works as a consultant with Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the U.S. specializing in program metrics, statistical analysis, and population biology. In this capacity, he has contributed to several dozen programs around the world designed to improve the humane management of free-roaming dogs and cats. John is also Board Chair of the SPCA of Northern Nevada, Board Vice-Chair of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs, and a board member of the Petfinder Foundation. He is the Research Director at the Great Basin Bird Observatory.

Dr. Tyler Flockhart

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory

Dr. Tyler Flockhart is a population ecologist and conservation biologist. In the field, he has worked on understanding the behavior of feral cats, the abundance and distribution of both free-roaming cats and birds in cities, and developing techniques to measure the impacts of cats on birds. He is developing evidence-based population models for cats and birds to make optimal decisions to both improve cat welfare and reduce the impacts of outdoor cats on birds.

Lisa LaFontaine

Humane Rescue Alliance

Lisa LaFontaine leads the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA), headquartered in the nation’s capital. As CEO, she has led the organization through two mergers; Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League came together in 2016, and in 2019, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center joined the HRA family. The combined organization shelters 21,000-plus animals a year and directly serves 120,000+ more animals through community programs, multiple animal control contracts, a spay/neuter and TNR program, veterinary and behavior outreach, humane law enforcement, and the WayStation transport program.

Lauren Lipsey


While she was the Vice President of Community Programs at the Humane Rescue Alliance, Lauren Lipsey helped to launch the DC Cat Count and was the project’s Lead Administrator and member of its governance group. Her involvement as a community-based animal welfare expert helped to ensure a foundation of widespread public support and participation in the project.

Dr. Bill McShea

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Bill McShea, PhD, is a wildlife ecologist for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute. He conducts several forest-related projects in Virginia and a grassland ecology project in Montana. When not in the U.S., Bill works in Southeast Asia, Borneo, and China, where he is best known for his work on giant panda conservation over the past 22 years. Bill’s research focuses on the management and diversity of wildlife populations and much of this work involves mammal surveys using camera traps. 

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