Dozens of photos are strung along the walls. Each picture bears the image of a single cat, captioned with their name. They are the 2022 graduates of the Felines in Treatment (F.I.T.) program at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). The photos serve as heartwarming reminders of the cats and kittens treated for and cured of ringworm in just one year.
The pictures also celebrate how this program – the first of its kind – fundamentally changed the approach to ringworm outbreaks in a shelter setting.
“I have been taking pictures of the kittens since I started in the program,” says Beth Rodgers, coordinator of Maddie’s F.I.T. Center. Beth has been a part of the program since 2006. “Anyone who comes into F.I.T. loves looking at the pictures, and it’s a great reminder and motivator for our volunteers. It shows just how many cats they save each year!”
In addition to treating cats admitted to DCHS, we also assist other shelters that are unable to care for cats with ringworm. Since the program’s humble beginnings, over 1,542 cats have been treated and cured of ringworm. Thanks to the F.I.T. program, these cats have been able to enjoy a second chance at life.
2023 marks the F.I.T. program’s 20th year, and we are excited to celebrate all of its accomplishments with our supporters!