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August Edition

Thanks to the support of loyal donors like you, we've been very busy this month protecting cats around the country. Here are just a few of our current projects and successes:

Update: Offering Hands-On Help in Fredericksburg, VA
Alley Cat Allies in field

Professor Wigglesworth sometimes has trouble staying upright, but it doesn’t get his spirits down. Born with vestibular ataxia, this cuddly kitten walks with a wobble and likely would not have survived long outdoors if Alley Cat Allies staff had not found him last month while helping TNR his colony in Fredericksburg, Virginia. As we mentioned in the July edition of our eNews, we organized an emergency TNR effort for this large colony after local animal control contacted us for help. Since then, 40 cats have already been neutered and returned, and several kittens—including Professor Wigglesworth—have been placed in caring foster homes. Helping out in Fredericksburg was a great trapping experience for our staff, all of whom complete hands-on training so we can provide you with first-hand expertise.

Check out adoptable kitten Professor Wigglesworth and his buddy Dapper Dan on Facebook.
See the trapping photos on our Facebook page.

Campaigning to Protect Cats in Brevard County
Grey Cat in Ivy

Thirteen years ago, we helped Brevard County, Florida, (the Space Coast) institute one of the country’s earliest TNR laws. But after just one criticism from a resident in May, the Brevard County Commissioners abruptly halted registration of feral cat colonies, proposed new restrictions, and put this humane law and the cats it protects in jeopardy. We launched a campaign to protect Brevard’s cats: hosting letter writing parties, giving a TNR workshop, holding a town hall meeting, placing an open letter to the commissioners in Florida Today, and supporting an urgent lawsuit against the Board of Commissioners. Our hard work on the ground culminated in a huge turnout at two committee meetings last month, where TNR supporters outnumbered the opposition almost five-to-one. This strong showing of support is just what we needed to get the Commissioners’ attention as this campaign progresses—stay tuned!

Follow our campaign in Brevard County.

National Feral Cat Day® Countdown Continues
National Feral Cat Day 2012 Logo

With National Feral Cat Day® only two months away, we’re helping advocates all over the country get ready to change their communities for cats. One big way we’re supporting their efforts this year is our Community Impact Awards. We’ve already received over 60 applications for 22 awards—picking recipients is going to be tough! The deadline to apply is this Friday, August 10, so if your organization hasn’t submitted an application yet, apply online now. This is also the time to add your event to the more than 50 events that have already registered for National Feral Cat Day® 2012 and help us beat last year’s total of 350. We can’t wait to see what you’re planning!

Apply, register, and gear up at www.alleycat.org/NFCD.

Adoptable Cat: Rudy
Adoptable Cat: Rudy

We can’t imagine a better roommate than Rudy. Brush this big buff tabby’s shorthair coat and you’ll have made a friend for life. Between two and three years old, Rudy channels his youthful energy into chasing string and toy mice around the house. A few missing teeth make his smile a little lopsided, but it only adds to his warm, fuzzy charm. This loyal lap cat adores attention, so he’d be happiest in an indoor or indoor/outdoor home where he doesn’t have to share you with other cats. Will you be roommates with Rudy?

Read more about our adoptable cats.

A Special Friendship
Billy and Fraser

There really is nothing like the bond you share with that special cat, which is why we loved reading about Billy, a stray cat in Scotland who formed a unique friendship with an autistic child. Rescued from a boarded-up building, Billy came to live with Fraser and his family after the pair instantly bonded at the cat rescue. Fraser’s family credits the big gray-and-white cat with bringing the boy out of his shell and keeping him calm. Whenever Fraser becomes overwhelmed, Billy is always close by Fraser to comfort him with purrs and cuddles. Fraser’s parents say Billy’s contribution to their family is “priceless.”

Read Billy and Fraser’s story.


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