For Immediate Release: October 11, 2012
Contact: FRANCIE ISRAELI, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 207-1134; ALISON GRASHEIM, email@example.com or (240) 482-1985
ALABAMA NONPROFIT SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS SAVED
Alley Cat Allies and Local Advocates Win Big for Alabama’s Animals
BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today celebrated with Alabama residents, veterinarians, and legislators who stood up to save their state’s nonprofit spay/neuter clinics.
A proposed rule before the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners would have banned nonprofit groups from owning and operating spay/neuter clinics or veterinary equipment, and also would have prevented veterinarians from working with such groups. This inevitably would have led to closing the nonprofit clinics, which serve tens of thousands of animals per year with low-cost spay/neuter surgery.
“We knew that losing these clinics would be catastrophic for Alabama,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Affordable, accessible spay/neuter surgery is a critical resource in the battle to save animals’ lives.”
Alley Cat Allies responded by working with local advocates to stop the ruling from moving forward: “We polled all 545 veterinary clinics in the state and posted their positions on our website (www.SaveAlabamaSpayNeuter.com). Then we engaged citizens all across Alabama to confront those veterinarians who supported the rule change,” Robinson said.
After hearing overwhelming support for the clinics and opposition to the rule from these advocates, including veterinarians, clinic staff and community members, the board unanimously voted down the proposal.
“The true heroes are the citizens, concerned veterinarians, and legislators who stood up for Alabama’s animals,” said Robinson. “And the winners are the animals, their caregivers, and really every citizen in the state.”
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.