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Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2011
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, media@alleycat.org or (718) 651-7187; ALISON GRASHEIM, agrasheim@alleycat.org or (202) 240-1985

BOARDWALK CATS PROJECT PREPARES FOR WINTER
Alley Cat Allies and local volunteers perform Boardwalk cleanup and prepare cat

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ— Atlantic City’s visitors are often charmed by the colony of feral cats who make their home under the city’s famed Boardwalk. But once tourist season is over, these cats and their caregivers begin preparing for winter.

The Boardwalk Cats Project is managed by Alley Cat Allies, a national organization and leading expert on Trap-Neuter-Return. Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane and lifesaving program where stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, neutered and vaccinated by veterinarians, and then returned to their outdoor home—in this case, under the Boardwalk.

The Boardwalk Cats receive regular food, care and shelter as part of the program. During the month of November Alley Cat Allies ramps up its efforts by removing garbage and debris that has accumulated under the boardwalk during the summer season. Volunteers check all the provided shelters for structural damage, make any needed repairs and fill them with straw to help insulate the cats. The shelters are strategically positioned to protect the cats from wind, rain and snow.

Alley Cat Allies and volunteers will be carrying out this important winter preparation on:

Saturday, November 5, 2011 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
On the Boardwalk behind the Taj Mahal

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
On the Boardwalk at Sovereign Ave.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
On the Boardwalk at Tennessee Ave.

Interviews with Alley Cat Allies staff and local feral cat caregivers will be available to members of the media. To prearrange an interview please contact media@alleycat.org.

The Boardwalk Cats Project is part of Alley Cat Allies’ Every Kitty-Every City: Atlantic City program, which supports accessible and affordable spay and neuter for all cats in the city, pet or feral. For more information, visit www.alleycat.org/AtlanticCity.

Volunteers can sign up to help by contacting Amanda Casazza: 609-892-6235. acasazza@alleycat.org.

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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.