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March 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:

Sign Our Petition to Stop the Killing
Tuxedo Cat in Shelter

Seven out of 10 cats that go into animal pounds and shelters in the U.S. are killed there. In fact, that’s the number one documented cause of death for cats in this country. Alley Cat Allies is calling for an end to the killing, but to make a difference and save cats’ lives, we need as many people as possible to take a stand. Add your name today to join the movement and help stop the killing. We can save lives, but only with your help.
Sign our petition.

Taking Action on Legislation Across the Nation
Hayden Poster

The beginning of the year is always busy for state and local legislative sessions: In Wake County, North Carolina, where we recently teamed up with Operation Catnip to get a pair of cats freed from a shelter, we’re working with local residents and county commissioners to support policies that encourage and aid TNR. Further down the East coast, we are disappointed to report that the Florida Animal Rescue Act, which we’ve been actively supporting, was stalled by objections in the Senate and won’t be moving forward this year. In good news, the California State Assembly Budget Committee stood up to protect animals this week by rejecting Governor Brown’s proposed repeal of the Hayden Law. The repeals are now being reviewed by another committee in the Assembly as the Senate begins its own consideration of the bill; we’ll continue to work to protect California’s animals and defend the Hayden Law.

Officer Convicted of Beating Cat Gets the Bare Minimum in Punishment
Striped Cat in Leaves

In January, we told you the tragic story of an injured cat who was violently beat to death by a Harrisonburg, Virginia, police officer. Last week, following an investigation by the State Police, the officer was found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Despite being convicted of such a brutal act, the officer received only a $50 fine and remains on the force. While we applaud the judge for recognizing his crime as animal cruelty, we are disappointed in the sentence and continue to press the Harrisonburg police force to dismiss this officer.
Read the press release.

Adoptable Cats: Lotus and Big Daddy
Adoptable Cats: Lotus and Big Daddy

These two classy black-and-white cats like to wear their “tails,” not chase them. When he’s not enjoying his evening with Lotus, Big Daddy loves having his sleek tuxedo brushed and enjoys a dignified sit in the window. Playful Lotus wears a more ladylike necklace—a tiny white patch on the chest of her little black coat. Although these two are neutered, they’re carrying on a black tie affair. Do you have a home for these A-list aristocats?
Read more about our adoptable cats.

Apply for a PetSmart Spay/Neuter Grant
Grey Cat in the Grass

Could your organization use a $10,000 to $100,000 boost to spay and neuter cats? Applications are now open for PetSmart Charities annual spay/neuter grants! Registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofits, as well as government, law-enforcement, and educational institutions with an animal control budget can apply for either the Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program or the Targeted Spay/Neuter Program. Applications are due March 31 and the field is competitive, so check out the links below to get started.
Watch a webinar to learn what PetSmart Charities is looking for.
Get tips for navigating the online grant application.

New Resources

Disaster Preparedness Tips – In an emergency, it’s tough to maintain a cool head. Check out these tips now to keep your cats safe when disaster strikes.


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