For Immediate Release: June 12, 2012
Contact: CARLA DAVIS, email@example.com or (240) 482-3887; FRANCIE ISRAELI, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 207-1134
ALLEY CAT ALLIES EDUCATES SANTA ANA COMMUNITY ON FLEA PREVENTION, HUMANE CAT CARE
Provides flea treatments and information on spay/neuter resources to local residents
BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, joined the City of Santa Ana, Calif., and the Santa Ana Unified School District on Saturday, June 9 at an educational fair aimed at raising awareness among residents about responsible pet care and flea prevention.
At the fair, held Saturday afternoon at the Willard Intermediate School – the site of a planned feral cat trapping, which was halted following public outcry and Alley Cat Allies’ intervention – approximately 300 residents were provided with bilingual educational materials about flea prevention and low-cost spay/neuter services, and pet owners were also given flea treatment and flea combs for pets. Alley Cat Allies also donated hundreds of additional flea treatments to the city for ongoing preventive programs.
“Alley Cat Allies is pleased to be part of this ongoing cooperative effort. We are grateful to the Santa Ana community for halting a misguided plan to trap and kill cats after an outbreak of flea-borne typhus,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “We and others stepped in with scientific information showing feral cats are not a source of flea-borne typhus, and offered our assistance in helping local residents – and the city listened.”
As part of its outreach, Alley Cat Allies coordinated with the city to provide community resources for residents to treat and protect their pets from fleas.
“We are relieved to see the city of Santa Ana recognize and address the true source of typhus—fleas. This is a victory for the cats, and we support this new, effective direction for Santa Ana, its residents, and its animals,” said Robinson.
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.