American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

Welfare of Shelter Cats Position Statement

2020 Welfare of Shelter Cats

Download - Full Position Statement on Welfare of Shelter Cats

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) advocates for the wellbeing/welfare of shelter-housed cats based on the following Five Freedoms:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. Freedom from pain, illness, and disease
  3. Freedom from discomfort
  4. Freedom from fear and distress
  5. Freedom to perform species-specific behaviors

The AAFP recommends these educational resources for veterinary professionals, team members, and clients/caregivers:

This position statement has been updated from: 2009 Welfare of Shelter Cats