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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2013
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, media@alleycat.org or (718) 651-7187; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@kellenadams.com or (202) 207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES SPONSORS SPECIAL SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC TO GET AHEAD OF LAS VEGAS “KITTEN SEASON”
Spay-a-Thon, hosted by Heaven Can Wait Society, exceeds goal to spay/neuter 200 cats

LA VEGAS, NV— Alley Cat Allies, the national organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, sponsored a special “Spay-a-Thon” Saturday, March 9 in which 240 feral cats were neutered at the Heaven Can Wait Society of Las Vegas, Nev.

The Spay-a-Thon aimed to curb “kitten season” among the feral cats living in and around Las Vegas. Volunteers with the Clark County Community Cat Coalition (C5) initially helped humanely trap 188 cats to neuter using state-of-the-art “high volume” spay/neuter techniques before they were returned to their colony site.

“Las Vegas is a great example for high-volume, high-quality TNR programs across the country,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Kitten season is perhaps the most important time of the year to champion this practice, because it improves the lives of the cats while humanely ending the breeding cycle among feral cat colonies.”

Scientific studies show that spay/neuter of young cats – typically around 2 months of age – is sound veterinary protocol and safe for the animal.

Springtime is “kitten season” – the time of year when female cats go into heat and give birth to litters of kittens after only 63 days of pregnancy. Keith Williams, director of C5, said volunteers worked into the night Saturday and Sunday to trap and spay/neuter an additional 52 cats, bringing the total number of cats spayed over the weekend to 240.

“The dedication of our volunteers to completing projects and the Heaven Can Wait clinic to supporting them is key to the success of our TNR efforts,” said Williams. “It is obvious why we are so successful. This type of caring and dedication will not be stopped.”

Las Vegas residents can visit www.alleycat.org for a number of tools, tips and resources in addition to TNR to help them establish humane and effective programs for cats in their neighborhoods.

For more information or to reach the Heaven Can Wait Society or C5, please contact Patricia Jones or Francie Israeli.

Hi-res photos available at http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=1423

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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 nearly half a million 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.