The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control Presents: Contraception in Cats

Video credit: Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control

In this webinar, Drs. Godin and Vansandt present the findings of a recent proof-of-concept study that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of a novel nonsurgical contraceptive in female domestic cats. This contraceptive is based on the adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) delivery of an Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) transgene.

Two years after a single intra-muscular delivery of the contraceptive, none of the treated females achieved clinical pregnancy, while all control females gave birth to healthy litters. Only a third of the contracepted females allowed breeding by a male during this period. No adverse reactions were observed during regular health checks. This gene therapy approach may provide a rapid, minimally invasive, and easily applied option to induce lifelong contraception for stray female domestic cats.

Presenter info:
  • Philippe Godin, DMV, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lindsey Vansandt, DVM, PhD – Director of the Imperiled Cat Signature Project at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden


Michelson Prize & Grants Program: The Future of Pet Population Control

Video credit: Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs

6th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Population Control

Event: ACC&D (Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs) | Where: Boston | Dates: July 22 – 24, 2018


In this video, Thomas Conlon and Linda Rhodes discuss the Michelson Prize & Grants program, which supports research into nonsurgical contraceptive methods for cats and dogs. They talk about the program’s history, goals, and impact, and they share some of the promising research that has been funded by the program.

This video is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the challenges of pet overpopulation and the potential solutions that non-surgical contraception offers. It is also a great way to learn more about the Michelson Found Animals Foundation’s mission and how they help to provide animal welfare services.

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