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Every Kitty – Every City: Greater Washington, DC Outreach

In Greater Washington, DC, Alley Cat Allies is raising awareness and educating the community about outdoor cats, feral cat colony care, Trap-Neuter-Return, and the importance of accessible, affordable neuter services. 
Learn more about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return.

Alley Cat Allies announces new workshop in Arlington!

November 17, 2010
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is hosting a Helping Community Cats workshop on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 to kick off its new Trap-Neuter-Return program! The workshop will provide information on how to carry out Trap-Neuter-Return and care for a feral cat colony You will watch a short video presentation and learn how to operate a humane box trap. You will also learn how to safely deter cats from where they are not wanted. Join us to network and meet others who are helping cats!

Can’t make it to the Arlington workshop? Check out our list of Washington, DC area workshops.

Big Winners! Alley Cat Allies and Friends of Fairfax County Animal Shelter Earn 3,203 Pounds of Litter in World’s Best Cat Litter Contest

August 18, 2010
Alley Cat Allies and Friends of Fairfax County Animal Shelter recently partnered up to compete in the World’s Best Cat Litter’s Facebook Charity Contest. Facebook fans voted at www.facebook.com/worldsbestcatlitter for 1/10-of-a-pound of cat litter to be donated to a local shelter per vote, and we were the big winner with 3,203 pounds of litter donated! Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us help local cats. Also, a special thanks to World’s Best Cat Litter for this wonderful opportunity.

Alley Cat Allies exhibits at the 2010 Taking Action for Animals Conference in DC

July 24 – 25, 2010
Alley Cat Allies staff is exhibiting at the Taking Action for Animals Conference. The conference is being held in Washington, DC this year and our staff are there to distribute Alley Cat Allies’ educational materials and to spread the word about stray and feral cat issues.

Becky Robinson is back at this year’s Animal Rights 2010 Conference!

July 15-19, 2010
Alley Cat Allies’ President, Becky Robinson, will be speaking at the AR 2010 Conference in Washington, DC.

Becky’s speech is entitled "Institutional Killing: The Greatest Preventable Cruelty to Cats." She will discuss what activists and the public can do to put an end to the killing of 70 percent of cats and 100 percent of feral cats that enter the United States shelter system.

Continue to check our Events Calendar for more details as the conference nears. Be sure to visit our exhibit table and pick up some complimentary merchandise!

Alley Cat Allies joins The World's Best Cat Litter™ Charity on Facebook

June 1 - July 16, 2010
Alley Cat Allies has joined The World's Best Cat Litter™ Charity to help donate kitty litter to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, a partner in our Every Kitty – Every City: Washington, DC program.

People can become a fan on The World’s Best Cat Litter™ Facebook page, and then vote for Alley Cat Allies to donate 1/10th of a pound of cat litter to the shelter. Votes can be cast once a day every day until July 17, 2010.

Facebook users, vote for Alley Cat Allies today!»

Bus Shelter Ads

April 2010
This month 17 Alley Cat Allies bus shelter ads went up around the city to advertise our local Every Kitty – Every City Greater Washington D.C. program. The bus shelters ads will be posted through the month of April. A special thanks to Clear Channel for donating the advertising space. Keep a look out for these beautiful ads.
Read the Press Release »
View the ad »

Find Our Literature at a Veterinary Clinic or Pet Store Near You!

Starting December 2009
We have partnered with a large number of area businesses, including veterinary clinics and pet stores, to help disseminate our brochure, Discover the Truth About Feral Cats. Look for a display with our information and be sure to thank the business for helping DC’s stray and feral cats!

Alley Cat Allies Workshops

Ongoing!
Feral cats are outdoor cats that are healthy but unsocialized to humans and therefore unadoptable as pets. Our workshops provide information on how to stop the cycle of breeding with Trap-Neuter-Return – the only recognized humane and effective method of stabilizing feral cat populations. The workshops provide information on building inexpensive shelters and a short video presentation gives a step-by-step guide for how to help cats. Learn how to humanely trap outdoor cats and how to safely deter cats from where they are not wanted. Join us to network and meet others who are helping cats.
List of Washington, DC Workshops »

Alley Cat Allies is exhibiting at Taking Action for Animals Conference

July 24 – 27, 2009
Alley Cat Allies is exhibiting at the Taking Action for Animals Conference! Stop by our booth to meet Alley Cat Allies staff members, Frank the Feral, volunteers and to pick up educational materials on stray and feral cats.

Alley Cat Allies is presenting and exhibiting at the No Kill Conference

May 2-3, 2009
Alley Cat Allies is presenting and exhibiting at the No Kill Conference! Stop by our booth to meet Alley Cat Allies staff members and to pick up educational materials on stray and feral cats.

Fairfax County Shelter honors Alley Cat Allies

March 10, 2009
Fairfax County recognizes Alley Cat Allies at the annual Rescue Recognition and Networking Reception. Alley Cat Allies was honored for sponsoring and conducting a Trap-Neuter-Return program in a local manufactured-home community called the Meadows of Chantilly.
Read the Meadows of Chantilly case study »

Trap-Neuter-Return program launches in Fairfax County

October 2008
After a pilot program supported by Alley Cat Allies, Fairfax County announces the launch of a county wide Trap-Neuter-Return program. Feral cats are now an integral part of their county subsidized spay/neuter services and partially funded by the state’s Animal Friendly License Plate program.

Becky Robinson to Speak at Animal Rights 2008 Conference!

August 14 – 18, 2008
Alley Cat Allies’ President, Becky Robinson, will be speaking at the AR 2008 Conference.

Becky will participate in one plenary session:

Paths to Animal Liberation (discussion of controversial strategic issues facing our movement)

She will also participate in the following workshops:

  • Relating to Urban Wildlife (dealing with rodents, feral cats, deer, squirrels, and other urban wildlife
  • Companion Campaigns (reports on campaigns to reduce the population and abuse of animal companions)
  • Effective Tactics for Companions (tactics for ending abuse of animal companions)

Visit our exhibit table and pick up some complimentary merchandise!

Alley Cat Allies Sponsors Take Action for Animals Conference!

July 19 – 21, 2008
Alley Cat Allies is a proud sponsor of the 2008 Take Action for Animals Conference. Stop by our booth to meet Alley Cat Allies staff members, Frank the Feral, volunteers and to pick up educational materials on stray and feral cats.

Metro Bus Ads

April & May 2008
This month 11 Alley Cat Allies Metro bus ads went up around the city to advertise our local Every Kitty – Every City Washington, DC program. Keep a look out for these beautiful ads.

Public Service Announcement Airing in Washington, DC

April – June 2008
Starting in April, an Alley Cat Allies public service announcement (PSA) – Save This Cat – will be airing in Washington, DC. Tune in and catch it on your favorite cable networks, including Animal Planet. These PSAs will run through June 2008.
Watch ‘Save This Cat’ now! » 

The National Capital Spay and Neuter Center Opens!

October 2007
In 2007, Alley Cat Allies and the Washington Humane Society opened the first high volume spay/neuter clinic in the District of Columbia, which includes a permanent no-cost program for the feral cats of the city. The National Capital Spay and Neuter Center serves as a regional spay/neuter resource and works with shelters, rescue groups and individuals in the District, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland.

Alley Cat Allies’ National Cat Advocacy Seminar

October 12-13, 2007
Join Alley Cat Allies, the nationally recognized experts on improving the lives of outdoor cats, in our nation’s capital. Learn how you can unite and mobilize to make nonlethal policies and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the norm. This seminar will cover topics from the best methods of feral cat care to learning how the law supports our goals to reforming animal control policy. Speakers include: Becky Robinson, President – Alley Cat Allies; Christine Wilford, Spay/Neuter Project; Dawn Kua, Cat Welfare Society.

Alley Cat Allies exhibits at Take Action for Animals Conference

July 28 & 29, 2007
Alley Cat Allies is exhibiting at Take Action for Animals! Stop by our booth to meet Alley Cat Allies staff members and volunteers and to pick up educational materials on stray and feral cats.

Alley Cat Allies hosts a Feline Frenzy

February 19-20, 2005
Alley Cat Allies and the DC Cat Assistance Team (DC CAT), in conjunction with the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), sponsored Feline Frenzy!, a spay/neuter clinic that sterilized and vaccinated 512 of DC’s tame, stray, and feral cats in just two days. This was a first-of-its-kind event for the nation’s capital, and may be the largest two-day clinic anywhere.

DC Cat Pilot Program Launched

2004 – 2006
In the spring of 2004, Alley Cat Allies approached the D.C. Department of Public Health with a proposal to establish a Trap-Neuter-Return pilot program. During the first year over 1,400 cats were neutered and returned as part of the program. Due in large part to the program’s great success, the Washington Humane Society announced in 2006 that it would embrace Trap-Neuter-Return as an effective means of stabilizing the feral cat population in Washington, D.C., and established a monthly subsidized spay/neuter clinic for feral cats. 
Read the DC Cat Case Study »