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Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2011
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, agrasheim@alleycat.org or (202) 240-1985; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or (202) 207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES OFFERS GUIDANCE FOR “KABUL CATS”
Cats living at grounds of American embassy in Kabul provide staff with needed comfort

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today reached out to the leadership of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan with materials and guidance on putting in place humane programs for feral cats, following news reports that embassy staff were grappling over the fate of a colony of cats who make their home on the grounds of the embassy.

“We are heartened by the fact that the embassy leadership has seemingly halted earlier plans to remove and kill these cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

“Like many feral cat colonies, these cats provide comfort to those trusted humans who in turn provide the cats with food and water,” said Robinson. “This is certainly true for the men and women who staff this embassy, far from home, working in a highly stressful and combative atmosphere.

“The companionship and sense of normalcy these cats provide is extremely important to them, and we hope the embassy leadership continues to respect that,” she said.

As part of its outreach to the embassy, Alley Cat Allies confirmed that there is no reason to remove the cats from the embassy’s grounds. Alley Cat Allies provided information about Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane program that ends the breeding cycle and stabilizes the population. It also provided links to scientific information showing feral cats are just as healthy as pet cats, with the same lifespan and low rates of disease as indoor cats.

Alley Cat Allies also offered information on humane deterrents and other tips for managing the cats and keeping them out of specific areas of the embassy’s grounds. “All it will take is a little education and a few simple guidelines to ensure that the humane option for the cats is also one that makes the staff feel comfortable,” said Robinson. “We look forward to hearing about further progress from the embassy.”

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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.