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Changing Communities for Cats

Alley Cat Allies believes that every cat deserves a safe community in which to live. And that means transforming this country’s #1 documented killer of cats: our nation’s animal pound and shelter system, which kills 7 out of every 10 cats who enter it.

Our Changing Communities for Cats Campaign is about transforming our shelters to make communities safe for cats. We’re touring the country, meeting with our supporters and grassroots groups, and working to reform YOUR local shelter’s policies so they save cats’ lives.

We are committed to changing each community on our tour stop by working with grassroots advocates to ensure local shelters stop impounding feral cats and adopt Trap-Neuter-Return as a first step toward shelter reform.

We’re coming to a city near you to start this conversation with you.

Where We’ll Be

The Changing Communities for Cats Tour is coming to a city near you! Join us to learn how we’re working to bring about sustainable change that will protect cats’ lives—and how you can help.

Where We’ve Been

Alley Cat Allies’ Changing Communities for Cats crew has been busy this year. In 2013, the tour has made appearances in Washington, D.C., Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Chicago. In each of these cities, we met with compassionate supporters and grassroots groups to discuss how we can work together to create sustainable change for cats. We’re excited to add 2014 tour dates to our calendar, including a stop in California in January. We’re still finalizing details so stay tuned to see if we’re coming to a city near you!

If your city isn’t on our tour schedule, you can always come to us! We’re thrilled to invite you to the Alley Cat Allies National Conference: Architects of Change for Cats. The conference is Nov. 8-10, 2013, near Washington, D.C. Join our staff and leading industry experts to develop skills for working with your local shelter and officials, and receive blueprints for successfully changing your community for cats. Learn more and register at

How It All Started

On National Feral Cat Day 2012, Alley Cat Allies put out the call to compassionate people around the country to make their communities safer for cats. Using the guiding example of our DC CAT program, we equipped advocates with new tools and guidance not just to do TNR, but to make a real social change in the way their communities value cats’ lives. Hundreds responded, registering flagship events or ongoing efforts to transform local protocols and policies to protect cats. And there is no better way to do that—on the local or national level—than by reforming our pound and shelter system.

The overwhelming response inspired us to launch the next phase of our work to save cats: the Changing Communities for Cats Campaign.