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2011 Press Releases

December 15, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Responds to Sentencing of Former Smithsonian Bird Researcher
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today commented on the sentencing of Nico Dauphine, the former Smithsonian Institution bird researcher who was convicted of attempted cruelty to animals in October. The conviction stemmed from her attempt to poison feral cats near her home in Washington, D.C. Read the press release. 

November 30, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Condemns Violent Death of Cat by Harrisonburg, Virginia Police Officer
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today appealed to Richard Baugh, mayor of the city of Harrisonburg, Va., to dismiss a city police officer who violently killed a local cat by beating the cat to death with a baton—a violation of both police department policy and Virginia Commonwealth law. Alley Cat Allies also urged criminal prosecution of the officer. Read the press release. 

November 2, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Calls on Smithsonian to Halt Accused Cat Poisoner's Research
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today called on the Smithsonian Institution to halt any research of Nico Dauphine’s and commit to never hiring her again in any capacity, in light of the guilty verdict in her attempted cruelty towards animals case. Read the press release. 

November 2, 2011 - Boardwalk Cats Project Prepares for Winter
Atlantic City’s visitors are often charmed by the colony of feral cats who make their home under the city’s famed Boardwalk. But once tourist season is over, these cats and their caregivers begin preparing for winter. Read the press release. 

October 31, 2011 - Guilty Verdict in Washington, DC Cat-Poisoning Case; Alley Cat Allies welcomes conviction; calls for Dauphine’s dismissal from Smithsonian Institution
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today welcomed the guilty verdict in the case of Nico Dauphine, a Smithsonian researcher charged with attempting to poison a colony of feral cats in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Read the press release. 

October 26, 2011 - Trial Opens in Washington, D.C. Case of Attempted Cat Poisoning
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for cats, said it was closely monitoring the case of Nico Dauphine, the researcher at the National Zoo charged in May of this year with attempted cruelty to animals living near her Columbia Heights home. Read the Press Release.

October 25, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Opposes Charles County Cat Licensing Regulation
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today urged Charles County Commissioners to table the amendments to proposed animal control regulations related to cats. Read the Press Release.

September 27, 2011 - October 16 is National Feral Cat Day
The 11th annual National Feral Cat Day is October 16, and Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, is celebrating the broad support seen across the country for humane and effective policies that protect the lives of feral cats. Read the Press Release.

September 22, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Condemns Bird Group's Alarmist Tactics on Rabies
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today criticized the American Bird Conservancy for issuing a wildly inaccurate press release that grossly mischaracterized the health of feral cats and the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return. Read the Press Release.

September 14, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Announces National Feral Cat Day Superstar Award Winners
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, announced the winners of the National Feral Cat Day Superstar Awards, held in honor of the 11th annual National Feral Cat Day on October 16. Read the Press Release.

August 26, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Calls for Volunteers in Anticipation of Hurricane Irene
Alley Cat Allies, the national organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today asked for volunteers for its Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project to sign up for standby service in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. As Hurricane Irene rapidly approaches the New Jersey coast, the organization is preparing in advance for any help they may need after the storm. Read the Press Release.

August 15, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Sponsors Monessen Neuter Clinic
A total of 78 cats were neutered on Sunday at a day-long veterinary clinic sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. The services were provided at no cost to residents of Monessen, many of whom brought their house cats to be spayed or neutered. Read the Press Release.

August 11, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Praise Offers Guidance for "Kabul Cats"
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today reached out to the leadership of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan with materials and guidance on putting in place humane programs for feral cats, following news reports that embassy staff were grappling over the fate of a colony of cats who make their home on the grounds of the embassy. Read the Press Release.

July 29, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Praise Albuquerque Police for Investigation into Shooting of Neighborhood Cat
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today praised the police force of Albuquerque, N.M. for its investigation into a case in which a feral cat was shot and killed as he sat on the porch of the home of one of his caregivers. Read the Press Release.

July 26, 2011 - Progressive Social Change Veteran Britt Cocanour Named Executive Director of Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, announced that Britt Cocanour has been named executive director of the organization. Read the Press Release.

July 14, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies, Monessen Citizens Press for Humane Policies for Cats
Alley Cat Allies, the cats’ leading advocate, will join citizens of Monessen and local animal protection groups at a Community Meeting on Thursday, July 14. Read the Press Release.

July 1, 2011 - October 16 is Alley Cat Allies' National Feral Cat Day
With the 11th annual National Feral Cat Day (October 16) just around the corner, Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, is urging supporters nationwide to start planning now to mark the day with special events and programs in their communities. Read the Press Release.

May 26, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies, Supporters Call for Suspension of Accused Cat Poisoner from Job at National Zoo
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today called on the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo to suspend Nico Dauphine, a wildlife researcher accused of attempting to poison cats at a park near her home in Washington, D.C., until the criminal charges against her have been resolved. Read the Press Release.

May 24, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Praises DC Police for Upholding Law in Columbia Heights Cat-Poisoning Case
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today applauded Washington, DC authorities for upholding anti-cruelty laws for feral cats. Read the Press Release.

May 6, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Supports Feral Cat Caregivers Affected by Alabama Tornados
Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s advocate for stray and feral cats, today announced a coordinated effort to assist local Trap-Neuter-Return groups and animal shelters in their efforts to help residents in areas affected by the devastating tornadoes in Alabama. Read the Press Release.

April 27, 2011 - City-Sponsored Cat-Killings Protested in Pennsylvania Town
Feral cat supporters in this city about 30 miles outside Pittsburgh today rallied outside City Hall to protest a city ordinance that has already resulted in the deaths of nearly three dozen of the city’s cats. Read the Press Release.

April 25, 2011 - Feral Cat Supporters Protest Monessen Cat Roundup
Opponents of a new adopted city ordinance that has resulted in the killing of cats in the city of Monessen, Pennsylvania will protest outside the City Council offices on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Noon. Read the Press Release.

April 19, 2011 - Cat Supporters to Ask City of Monessen to Stop Trapping and Killing Cats at City Council Meeting
Opponents of an amendment to a city ordinance in Monessen, PA regulating cats will address the City Council on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Local cat protection groups, including The Coalition for a Humane Monessen are expected to attend. They will be supported in their efforts by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats. Read the Press Release.

April 12, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies for Opposition to Illinois Bill that Would Endanger Cats
Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s advocate for stray and feral cats, called on state lawmakers in Illinois to reject proposed changes to the Illinois Animal Control Act. This bill would put more cats at risk for impoundment and killing, gut the state’s support for low-cost spay/neuter, and interfere with successful Trap-Neuter-Return programs throughout the state. Read the Press Release.

March 7, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Urges Passage of Utah Legislation to Save Cats' Lives
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today called on supporters in Utah to press for passage of a bill in the state House of Representatives that would save the lives of thousands of Utah’s cats. Read the Press Release.

March 4, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Grants $20,000 in Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Funds for New Orleans
Alley Cat Allies announced a grant of $20,000 to Louisiana SPCA and Southern Animal Foundation to offer fully subsidized spay/neuter services for feral and stray cats in Greater New Orleans. Read the Press Release.

March 2, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Offers Tips for "Kitten Season"
As winter winds down and “kitten season” approaches, it is important to get educated about what to do if you come across a litter of kittens outdoors, according to Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats. Read the Press Release.

February 28, 2011 - Utah Legislators Revive Bill Provision to Legalize Shooting of Cats
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today renewed calls to oppose legislation that would legalize the shooting of cats in Utah. Read the Press Release.

February 24, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Calls on New Mexico to Strengthen Anti-Cruelty Laws
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today called on New Mexico lawmakers to pass a bill that would strengthen the state’s anti-cruelty laws. Read the Press Release.

February 22, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Urges Support for Statewide Maryland Spay/Neuter Programs
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today urged supporters in Maryland to press their state delegates for support on a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would pave the way for a statewide spay/neuter fund. Read the Press Release.

February 4, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Responds to Federal Agency Plan to "Trap and Remove" Cats in the Florida Keys
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, said a proposed plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to trap and remove cats in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges will not succeed in protecting other species and will result in cats’ deaths. Read the Press Release.

January 20, 2011 - Alley Cat Allies Opposes Utah Bill to Allow Shooting of Feral Cats
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today said it is outraged at proposed legislation that would repeal existing anti-cruelty protections and allow cats to be killed. Read the Press Release.

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