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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2012
Contact: CARLA DAVIS, or (240) 482-3887; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or (202) 207-1134

Presses lawmakers to reject failed policies that send cats to their deaths in county pound

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, joins local supporters today in calling on the Wake County, N.C. Board of Commissioners to support a humane ordinance that supports Trap-Neuter-Return and protects the lives of cats, and to reject an approach that would continue to send outdoor cats to the county pound, where they are killed.

The Wake County Commission will consider the ordinance at a meeting on Monday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Wake County Courthouse (Room 700). Public comments on the ordinance will be accepted from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Animal protection groups in North Carolina and Alley Cat Allies have joined forces to propose a balanced ordinance that supports Trap-Neuter-Return, the only effective and humane approach to feral cats in a community,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

“TNR respects the lives of the cats while stabilizing and ultimately reducing the population. It makes the cats better and healthier neighbors by ending mating behaviors like yowling and fighting. Dozens of communities across the country have embraced TNR after decades of failed ‘catch and kill,’” she said.

She noted that the approach supported by animal control will threaten all cats outdoors by keeping ordinances in place that require any cat found “at large” to be impounded by animal control – including neutered and vaccinated feral cats.

“We need new ordinances that support the lifesaving efforts of compassionate feral cat caregivers—citizens across the county—who regularly reach into their hearts and wallets to provide an important community service,” Robinson said.

In February, Alley Cat Allies filed a lawsuit against the county after Wake County Animal Control trapped 11 cats from a managed TNR colony, “euthanized” nine of them, and then refused to release the remaining two cats to Operation Catnip, a renowned private cat organization in Raleigh that has spayed and neutered thousands of outdoor cats in the Wake County area. The county later released the two cats.

Robinson noted that nationwide, the leading documented cause of death for cats is being killed in an animal shelter.

“Seven out of every 10 cats brought to shelters are killed there; for feral cats, who are not socialized to people and therefore cannot be adopted, that number rises to virtually 100 percent,” she said.


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