- What is CAROcat about?
- What do the initials CAROcat stand for?
- What does CAROcat work on?
- What is CAROcat's mission?
- Which organisations are in charge of the website?
- Whom do the project partners work with?
- How often is the CAROcat website updated?
- Will the CAROcat website remain only in English?
- Why should we care about stray and abandoned animals?
- How can I get involved in lobbying on companion and stray animals?
- How can I obtain materials on the topic?
- Are there any materials available for schools?
- Does the website include an interactive section e.g. forum, chat room, bulletin board?
1. What is CAROcat about?
The CAROcat Website is an online tool with structured information to support the development of a European strategy on responsible ownership of cats. It is designed for governments, regional and local bodies who want to work on the humane management of cat populations.
2. What do the initials CAROcat stand for?
3. What does CAROcat work on?
The overall strategy includes:
– Information, education, training;
– Europe-wide mandatory Identification and Registration;
– Veterinary prevention measures;
– Birth control.
The website covers all these topics with science-based and reliable information, giving practical advice with templates and models, and publishing the latest news.
4. What is CAROcat's mission?
If every cat has a well-informed and responsible owner, the free-roaming cat population will be controlled and there will be no more suffering on the part of feral and stray cats, and no more nuisance or risk to public health.
5. Which organisations are in charge of the website?
The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (IZSAM): http://www.izs.it
VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS: http://www.vier-pfoten.com
6. Whom do the project partners work with?
There is an editorial board for the website to supervise all topics and to include the views of the EU Commission DG SANCO on Animal Welfare and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE). CAROcat is a growing project and new partners will come on board in the future.
7. How often is the CAROcat website updated?
The website is updated at least twice a week.
8. Will the CAROcat website remain only in English?
For the time being, at this initial stage, English is the only language, due to resources. Nevertheless, the system is enabling the project partners to implement other languages.
9. Why should we care about stray and abandoned animals?
Free-roaming unowned cats are not only suffering from a lack of resources or a risk of injuries, they are also a risk to public health. Feline overpopulation is leading to an unbalanced human-animal relationship and extensive problems of animal welfare: cats are sometimes killed en masse using inhumane methods.
10. How can I get involved in lobbying on companion and stray animals?
There are several political activities in the European Parliament in which EU citizens can take part. Also the EU Commission is launching public consultations on the Internet. You can find information on this website (News/Events). On the national level, you can look on the websites of NGOs and other institutions.
11. How can I obtain materials on the topic?
Generally, on the website you can find an introduction of a category and a subcategory, followed by the information in PDF format with links.
12. Are there any materials available for schools?
You can find information, resources and links in the Education section of this website. VIER PFOTEN can also provide you with information on a schoolbook produced both in Romanian and in Bulgarian.
13. Does the website include an interactive section e.g forum, chat room, bulletin board?
The website includes a newsletter, and several other interactive elements are planned for the next phases of the project.