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Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2011
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, agrasheim@alleycat.org or (202) 240-1985; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or (202) 207-1134

OCTOBER 16 IS ALLEY CAT ALLIES' NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY
Community events being held nationwide; local nonprofits eligible for cash awards

BETHESDA, MD — With the 11th annual National Feral Cat Day (October 16) just around the corner, Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, is urging supporters nationwide to start planning now to mark the day with special events and programs in their communities.

“Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate citizens who care for cats. On National Feral Cat Day and all year round, people all across the country work to draw attention to the cause and press their local leaders for humane policies for feral cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “This is a truly national movement.”

Feral cats live and thrive in every landscape, from urban to rural. Because they are not socialized to people and are not candidates for adoption, feral cats taken to animal shelters are almost always killed. Although many communities have embraced Trap-Neuter-Return—which ends the breeding cycle and stabilizes the population—being killed in an animal shelter remains the leading documented cause of death for cats, Robinson said.

“There is still much more work to do to educate our neighbors and leaders about the need to adopt humane programs that really work for our communities,” she said.

Supporters are urged to mark this year’s National Feral Cat Day with events and programs that make a difference in the lives of cats and best address their communities’ needs: launching a Trap-Neuter-Return program; holding educational workshops; handing out brochures and leaflets at public spaces or community events; expanding a spay/neuter clinic to include feral cats, or going door-to-door with a team of volunteers to educate neighbors about the care of cats including spay and neuter.

Registered nonprofit groups organizing events in honor of National Feral Cat Day will be eligible this year to win cash awards, including up to five at $1,000 each for the most innovative programs held in honor of the day. More information, including event registration and eligibility rules, is available at www.alleycat.org/NFCD.

A full listing of event ideas and resources is available at www.alleycat.org/NFCD. Poster, T-shirts, and other fun NFCD-themed gifts are also available.

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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.