Our October meeting will feature a talk by Dr. Dave McRuer on the impacts of free-roaming cats on wildlife, environment, and even human health, with a focus on the benefits of indoor cat ownership for both wildlife and cat welfare. Free-roaming cats are known to be one of the greatest causes of injury and death to our native wildlife, and are globally-listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as a top invasive alien species.
Dave has witnessed firsthand the impact free-roaming cats have on native wildlife, and has participated in multiple studies and education campaigns to promote indoor cat ownership. He is currently a wildlife health specialist employed by Parks Canada and based at the Atlantic Veterinary College. In this role, Dave works on a broad range of wildlife health issues in national parks. Prior to joining Parks Canada, Dave worked as a wildlife biologist with the PEI Division of Forests, Fish and Wildlife and as the Director of Veterinary Services at the Wildlife Center of Virginia,
All are welcome at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm, to meet Dave and learn more about this important issue. The meeting starts at 7:30 with a raffle and refreshments. The feature presentation starts at 8 p.m.