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January 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:

Seven Out of Ten Pet Owners Don't Support Killing in Shelters
Cats in Shelters

Do Americans support the pervasive killing of healthy and treatable animals that happens every day in shelters nationwide? Survey says… No! A 70% majority of pet owners polled reported that they believe shelters should not kill animals simply for population control. This report underscores our survey findings that the overwhelming majority of Americans want humane outcomes for outdoor cats instead of killing in shelters.
Read the AP article.

Update: Officer Charged with Animal Cruelty in Cat Beating Death
Striped Cat in Leaves

Last month, we had to share with you a disturbing story from Harrisonburg, Virginia: a city police officer beat an injured cat to death with his police baton on a citizen’s front porch. Since then, we’ve continued to monitor the case and urge both the state and city police to investigate and prosecute this case. We are happy to report that last week, the Commonwealth’s Attorney filed an animal cruelty charge against the officer. We are glad to see anti-cruelty laws upheld and we are renewing our call for this officer’s dismissal from the police force.
Read the press release.

Adoptable Cat: Lacey
Adoptable Cat: Lacey

Two-year-old Lacey has a spotty calico coat, but she’s always a solid companion. This loquacious little lady will entertain you for hours by chatting you up and chasing toy mice. The fancy black patches dotting her white coat are admired by all and she’s always sticking her little orange nose into your business to say hello. Can you spot a place for Lacey in your home?
Read more about our adoptable cats.

Free Webinar on Keeping Cats Out of Shelters
Tuxedo Cat in Shelter

Seven out of 10 cats entering shelters nationwide are killed. Learn from feral cat expert and Alley Cat Allies scientific advisor Julie Levy, DVM about what you can do to change those numbers and protect cats’ lives in your community with the free webinar, Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters, from Maddie's Institute. Tune in on Thursday, January 26 at 9 p.m. ET to hear about techniques to keep cats out of shelters and institute humane, successful TNR programs instead.
Register for free here.

Become an Alley Cat Allies Supporter Today
Grey and White Eartipped Cat

This month, we're starting a supporter drive campaign to help us expand our programs in 2012. Alley Cat Allies is the best defender of cats in the country and by becoming a supporter today, you’ll not only help save thousands of cats, you’ll help change the laws and policies that harm cats. One big goal for 2012 is to expand our efforts to reform our nation's animal pound and shelter system, which is the number one documented cause of death of all cats in the U.S. But we can't do that without your help.
Donate today and help us change the way cats are treated in communities nationwide.

New Resources

Annual Report  – See the year in review in our latest Annual Report.
Hisses and Purrs  – Check out our new page for updates on things we like—and don’t like—affecting the cat community.

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