For Immediate Release: September 14, 2011
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 240-1985; FRANCIE ISRAELI, email@example.com or (202) 207-1134
ALLEY CAT ALLIES ANNOUNCES NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY SUPERSTAR AWARD WINNERS
Awards will help local groups kick-start humane programs in their communities
BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, announced the winners of the National Feral Cat Day Superstar Awards, held in honor of the 11th annual National Feral Cat Day on October 16.
“We are proud to honor these women and men who are working hard in their communities to offer humane programs that will help save the lives of cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “We launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate citizens who care for them. Our award winners are among the brightest and most inspiring of these stars.”
The winners of the 2011 National Feral Cat Day Superstar Awards include:
- The Feral Cat Fix-A-Thon and Block Party hosted by Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR) of Cincinnati, OH
- East Austin Community Involvement Project hosted by Humane Society of Austin & Travis County in Austin, TX
- Wimauma Fix hosted by Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) in Wimauma, FL
- Spay Patrol Walk hosted by Humane Ohio in Toledo, OH
- Fixin' Yuma's Ferals hosted by Humane Society of Yuma in Yuma, AZ
The winners, who were each awarded $1,000 to help kick-start their event, were chosen from more than 50 applicants for being among the most creative and innovative community programs planned in honor of this year’s National Feral Cat Day. Six additional events received runner-up awards. Among the winners are a clinic offering free Trap-Neuter-Return services in a community of mostly migrant workers, and another planning a carnival-style block party in a low-income neighborhood that will feature games and contests highlighting feral cat care and promoting a local spay/neuter clinic.
“Our winning groups were all selected from regions where their work will make the most impact,” said Robinson. “They show that we are truly a nation that has compassion for cats, coast to coast.”
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 260,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.