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June Edition

Every day, Alley Cat Allies hears about situations around the country where cats’ lives are at risk. Sometimes our approach to helping is direct and short-term intervention; other times we have the opportunity for paradigm shift—which could take months or years to achieve. Today we’re sharing the stories of three very different communities where we recently intervened on behalf of cats: In Wake County, N.C., we assisted in getting lifesaving legislation adopted; in Santa Ana, Calif., we took on dangerous myths and educated a city; and in Galloway Township, N.J., we worked with property management to set up a Trap-Neuter-Return program after calls to animal control resulted in the deaths of six kittens.

Making Wake County a Safe Place for Cats
Wake County Cats

A major component of our mission to protect cats’ lives is changing laws to support their humane care. We won a huge legislative victory recently in Wake County, N.C., where an organized group of animal advocates had long struggled to enact a TNR-friendly ordinance. As part of this effort to change their county shelter’s high kill rates, Operation Catnip had also obtained a verbal agreement to start a pilot TNR program. With the city’s word, they believed the cats in their pilot colony were safe.

Late last year, however, things suddenly took a turn for the worse: staff changes in the county government stalled the ordinance, and a local animal control officer intimidated an elderly caregiver and began trapping cats. By the time we learned of the situation in January, 10 cats had already been killed and two were impounded at the local shelter. The shelter director refused to cooperate with our request to release the cats. To save their lives, we retained an attorney to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County. Soon after, the two cats—Frankie and Pammie—were released from the shelter.

To ensure that policies in this community were brought up to citizens’ expectations for the humane care of animals, we took up the legislative charge in Wake County. Together with the Cat Committee, we drafted a new ordinance that protects cats’ lives and promotes TNR. Hundreds of community members spoke up in support of our ordinance. The County Council listened, and last week they enacted the humane law we helped author. Thanks to the combined efforts of compassionate people, Wake County is now a safer place for cats and caregivers.

Learn how to change your community for cats.

Taking on Dogmas and Promoting Pet Care in Santa Ana
Orange and white cat under a bush

After city officials in Santa Ana, Calif., announced a misguided plan to trap feral cats to prevent the spread of typhus, we immediately contacted them to let them know that typhus is spread by fleas—not cats. We requested a moratorium on the trapping and offered to help them inform the community about flea prevention for pets. The following week, three Alley Cat Allies staff members assisted city officials in speaking with 300 Santa Ana residents at a community educational fair where we provided flea treatments and bilingual materials on local spay/neuter resources. We were thrilled to help Santa Ana recognize the true source of typhus—what a victory for the cats!

Read more about feral cats, typhus, and public health.
Educate your community about feral cats.

TNR Saves the Day for a New Jersey Colony
Black cat on the grass

Earlier this month, a New Jersey news team reported on a colony of cats living on the grounds of a senior living community in Galloway Township. Thinking they were doing the right thing, the news team alerted animal control, who removed and killed six tiny kittens. Alley Cat Allies staff immediately visited the property and found that residents and property management overwhelmingly wanted help stabilizing the population humanely. We began TNR right away—so far, 24 healthy and beautiful adult cats have been neutered, vaccinated and returned; 10 kittens have been removed and placed in foster homes for adoption; and a new TNR program has been started on the property. Kudos to property management for respecting residents’ wishes and coming onboard with humane care for cats!

Learn more about negotiating with property management.
Find out how to start a TNR program.

Adorable Adoptables: Kittens, Kittens, Kittens!
Adoptable Adorables: Bean

Our eight adoptable kittens have plenty of personality to fill your home. Snuggly orange-and-white Ginger likes to pal around with black-and-white Panda—these eight-month-old siblings are hoping to stay playmates by being adopted together. Itty-bitty Bean is an affectionate fluffball looking for new digs with her curious, spotted sister Dottie. Next up is handsome tabby James, a kid-friendly kitten who loves nothing better than reclining in your lap or hanging out with Lee, his sweet, snuggly brother (and adoption buddy). Look out, boys, for these pretty ladies: Patricia, the mischievous tabby explorer, and beautiful, bubbly gray girl Stormy. These fun-loving kittens need loving homes—how about yours?

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