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Alley Cat Allies’ most-requested online resources:

  1. Feral and Stray Cats – An Important Difference
    Knowing how to tell the difference between feral and stray cats can help inform how best to interact with a cat or what, if any, intervention would be in each cat’s best interest.
  2. Why Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats? The Case for TNR
    Use this resource to learn and share with others the reasons to embrace and promote TNR! Trap-Neuter-Return stabilizes feral cat colonies, improves cats' lives, and answers the needs of the community.
  3. Feral Cats and the Public: A Healthy Relationship
    Public health policies all over the country reflect the scientific evidence: feral cats live healthy lives outdoors and don’t spread disease to people.
  4. The Vacuum Effect: Why Catch and Kill Doesn’t Work
    Removing cats from an area by killing or relocating them is not only cruel—it’s pointless. Scientific research, years of failed attempts, and evidence from animal control personnel prove that catch and kill doesn’t permanently clear an area of cats.
  5. Feral Cat Health Analysis: Living Healthy Lives, Outdoors
    Feral cats—cats not socialized to humans—are healthy and content in their outdoor homes.
  6. Rabies: A Public Health Victory
    Rabies is often used to justify catch and kill plans to remove cats from certain areas, when in fact, feral cats are not a reservoir for rabies, and the virus itself is not nearly the threat it once was.
  7. Alley Cat Allies Spay/Neuter Clinic Findings – Positive Outcomes for Cats
    The data from our clinic is consistent with other peer-reviewed studies of feral cat spay/neuter clinics all over the country—feral cats live healthy lives outdoors, and less than half of one percent were euthanized due to medical issues.
  8. Biology and Behavior of the Cat
    Science clears cats of blame for impacting wildlife populations—studies prove that cats are not a significant threat and that they actually play important roles in balancing the local ecosystem.
  9. The Natural History of the Cat
    Understanding cats’ place in history and human evolution reveals how very recently domestic cats came indoors and how millions of this species—feral cats—continue to live healthy lives outdoors today, as all domestic cats are biologically adapted to do.
  10. Public Opinion on Humane Treatment of Stray Cats
    More than 80% of Americans believe that leaving a stray cat outside to live out her life is more humane than having the cat caught and killed, according to a national survey conducted for Alley Cat Allies by Harris Interactive.


  1. How to Deter Cats
  2. How and When to Care for and Socialize Feral Kittens
  3. How to Find Homes for Stray Cats
  4. How to Conduct Trap-Neuter-Return
  5. How to Care for a Feral Cat Colony
  6. How to Trap Kittens and Moms
  7. How to Safely Relocate Feral Cats
  8. How to Soothe a Scared Stray to Increase her Chances of Adoption
  9. How to Hold a Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
  10. Special section for Veterinarians: Feral Cat Veterinary Protocol