Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Community Animal Welfare

Kate Nattrass Atema

Program Director, Community Animal Welfare

Kate Nattrass Atema is Director of the Global Community Animal Welfare Program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), comprising community-based dog and cat welfare projects and campaigns in 13 countries on 6 continents. She also serves as Chairperson of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM). Kate began her career at the Social Science Research Center of Berlin (WZB) in Germany, and holds a Master’s degree Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University in the U.S., where she subsequently served as adjunct faculty and continues to enjoy 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, and regularly presents her team’s work internationally with emphasis on the impacts of animal welfare on communities and strategies for community engagement in animal welfare. Her work at IFAW focuses on the development and implementation of participatory processes for empowering communities to sustainably address both human and animal welfare development challenges.

• Clinical Instructor, Qualitative Research Methods, Department of Clinical Sciences, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, USA
• Research Associate and Program Officer, Wildlife and Habitat Protection Program, IFAW International
• Editorial Assistant, Humane Wildlife Solutions: The Role of Immunocontraception, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and Humane Society of the United States
• Research Assistant, National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS), USA
• Research Assistant, Social Science Center of Berlin, Germany
• Director, Emergency Medical Services, Smith College
• Member, Center for Animals and Public Policy Advisory Committee, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
• Member, International Companion Animal Management Coalition

• Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biology and Government, Smith College, USA
• Master of Science (MSc), Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, USA

Arluke, A. & Atema, K. (2015a). Roaming Dogs. In Kalof, L. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press: online. Print ed. forthcoming 2016.

Arluke, A. & Atema, K. (2015b). Understanding and Reducing Cruelty Toward Roaming Dogs. In Brewster, Reyes (Eds.) Animal Cruelty: A multidisciplinary approach to understanding (2nd ed.). North Carolina, U.S.: Carolina Academic Press: 233-247.

Atema, K, et al. (2015). Is culling dogs really necessary for echinococcus control? Acta Tropica, 143(1), 77-8.

Nattrass, K., et al. 2004. Puppy love: How an assistance dog can enhance the life of a child with a disability. Contemporary Pediatrics. Jan 1 2004

Natrass, K. 2004. “...und die Tiere“: Constitutional Protection for Germany’s Animals. Animal Law Review v10:283-312

Davis, B., Natrass, K. et al. 2004. Pediatric Assistance dog placement: Benefits and burdens. Anthozoos, 17(2):131-145.

Popular Literature
Natrass, K., 2005. Elephants Speak Out for Conservation: On the acoustic research of Katy Payne. AV Magazine Eye on the Gentle Giants: Elephants Under Siege. Fall 2005. p22-3.

Press contact

Kate Farinella

Director of Global Communications
Tel: +1 646.838.3951
Email: press@ifaw.org



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