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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2012
Contact: CARLA DAVIS, media@alleycat.org or (240) 482-3887; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or (202) 207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES SPONSORS SPAY-A-THON FOR CANTON CATS
Free spay/neuter, vaccinations available May 30 to June 13 for local owned and unowned cats

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, will sponsor a two-week “Spay-a-Thon” for feral and pet cats from Canton, Ohio. Spay/neuter, vaccinations and other services will be provided at no charge to eligible residents.

“Spaying and neutering cats is the only effective and humane approach to stabilizing cat populations,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

The Canton Spay-a-Thon will be open to unowned/outdoor (feral) and pet cats from within the Canton city limits from May 30 through June 13. Services offered to eligible cats include free spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, and eartipping (for feral cats only). The services will be provided by appointment only, and residents must call the Alley Cat Allies hotline (1-855-264-CATS) to schedule an appointment.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a lifesaving program in which feral cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinary clinic to be neutered and vaccinated. A small portion of the left ear is removed while the cat is under anesthesia. This “eartip” identifies the feral cat as part of a TNR program. TNR ends the breeding cycle and makes the cats better and healthier neighbors by stopping behaviors associated with mating, like yowling, roaming and fighting.

“Studies show that catching and killing cats does not reduce the population—but sterilization does. The cost of spay/neuter veterinary services can be out of reach for many residents, which is why we are sponsoring this free program,” Robinson said.

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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.