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Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2012
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, media@alleycat.org or (718) 651-7187; ANNE MARIE VASTANO, avastano@alleycat.org or (240) 429-0104

HUMANE GROUPS, CITIZENS TO PROTEST CRUEL TREATMENT OF LOEWS’ RESORT CATS IN ORLANDO
Alley Cat Allies, local supporters to demand humane treatment for cats, Saturday, April 14

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced it will hold a protest on Saturday, April 14 in Orlando to demand reinstatement of the Trap-Neuter-Return program that was ended with the company’s cruel trapping of colonies of feral cats who had made their home at three Loews properties (the Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resorts).

The cats are healthy, neutered, and vaccinated, and were living peacefully at the resorts. However, the company forced employees to stop feeding the cats and last week hired a pest control company to cruelly trap them, despite repeated offers of assistance from Alley Cat Allies – national experts on TNR and feral cat care – and the pleas of local humane organizations and tens of thousands of compassionate guests, employees, and pet owners.

“Loews continues to cruelly treat and evict these cats from the only home they have ever known,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Cats have been killed, injured, starved and left in traps exposed to almost 90 degree heat. Meanwhile, our numerous offers of assistance have been ignored.

“We are protesting the inhumane removal of these cats from their home and asking that Loews reinstate the TNR programs, which had been successfully carried out for years before Loews reversed their policy with no explanation,” Robinson said.

Alley Cat Allies and dozens of concerned individuals will protest at the property on Saturday. Spokespeople will be available to talk to media.

WHAT: Alley Cat Allies and local supporters protest to demand humane treatment for the Loews Cats
WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Corner of Universal Blvd. and Vineland Rd., Orlando, Fla. 32819

Interviews with local spokespeople available. Please call Anne Marie (240-429-0104).

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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.