I'm proud and happy to say that we will soon be having two guest experts to host a special expert forum about spaying and neutering cats. Our experts are Esther Mechler, renowned founder of Spay USA, and her colleague, Dr. Phil Bushby, DVM. Together with other cat health experts, they now lead the national initiative to reduce the number of unwanted cats by spaying and neutering all cats by the age of five months - before they can reproduce. How will this expert forum work? Esther and Dr. Phil will join us on August 13 for three days during which they will be available to answer your questions here in this forum. Questions will be submitted in the form of forum threads. In other words, if you have a question, just start a thread here. No need to @ mention our guest experts - they will visit daily to check for new questions and reply. The topic of the forum is spaying and neutering of both pet and feral cats. Any questions that you have which are related to the topic at hand - bring them on! We will open the forum for new threads on August 12, so that there will be a few questions waiting for our experts . Until then, think about what you'd like to ask them. You can post replies to this announcement thread - but not new threads. Please do not post your spay/neuter questions here - save them for your question threads to be posted on the 12th! But if you have any questions about how this forum will work this would be a good place for them. From the Fix Felines By Five website - Esther Mechler received her BA from Bates College with her junior year at the University of Geneva studying with psychologist Jean Piaget. She received her M. Ed from the University of Rochester in 1968 and was Director of Admissions for the University of Bridgeport School of Law for five years prior to founding SPAY/ USA, a national spay/neuter referral service, in 1990. SPAY/USA was acquired by North Shore Animal League in 1993, and Esther served as the program director until 2010. In 1986, she established Marian’s Dream [Foundation] as a vehicle for the promotion of programs to benefit companion animals. In 1995, she received the Humane Ethics in Action Award from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and in 2014 was recognized as outstanding alumna by Bates College for her work in animal welfare. Dr. Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS, Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who served on the faculty at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. Although he recently retired from Miss State he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University and works at the College part-time. His primary focus has been spay/neuter, taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in north Mississippi providing basic wellness care and spay neuter services for animals eligible for adoption for over 20 years. The services significantly increase the adoption rates at the participating shelters, provide the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitize the students to the plight of animals in shelters. His program was honored five years ago to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s folk-life festival in Washington, DC. Dr. Bushby serves on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc., Mississippi Spay and Neuter, and previously served on the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He is a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA’s Henry Bergh Award in 2008, the AVMA’s national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015.