Kate Atema is Director of the Global Companion Animal Programme at IFAW, overseeing community-based dog and cat welfare projects in 12 countries on 5 continents. Kate began her career at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin, Germany, and holds a Masters Degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University in the US, where she subsequently served as adjunct faculty and enjoys mentoring students in global animal welfare policy and research. Kate has published numerous articles in scientific and popular literature on topics ranging from assistance dogs to Animal Law, with recent emphasis on the impacts of animal welfare on communities. Kate is currently Chairperson of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM).
This week WAN is highlighting the work of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM), an organization supporting the development and use of humane and effective companion animal population management around the world. ICAM's current chair, Kate Atema, was kind enough to answer our questions.
The WAN blog allows us to share our expertise in the fields of policy, science, communications, management, and more in a manner that animal protection organizations can easily incorporate into their everyday work for animals. The blog also provides the opportunity to highlight important work of individual organizations and campaigns, and allows researchers, experts, and others outside of WAN to provide useful information to the animal protection community.