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Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580; CATE SNYDER, csnyder@alleycat.org or (240) 482-3890

Alley Cat Allies Applauds New Florida Animal Shelter Transparency Law
Law Requires Public Reporting of Outcomes for Impounded Cats and Dogs; Confirms TNR Legal

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, applauds the signing into law of the Florida Shelter Transparency Bill that will require animal pounds and shelters to release monthly reports about how many dogs and cats they take in and what happens to them.

Pounds and shelters will now have to report the number of animals they adopt, transfer to rescue groups, trap-neuter-return, and euthanize. The new law also confirms that trap-neuter-return (TNR) for feral or outdoor cats is unequivocally legal in Florida, which means opponents can no longer claim that it violates state law, making it easier for caregivers to take care of outdoor cat colonies.

“This is an important victory for animal lovers everywhere,” said Becky Robinson, President and Co-Founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Shelters kill most of the animals that enter their doors, including 70 percent of pet cats and almost 100 percent of feral cats. Floridians can now demand a stop the killing and ask that their taxpayer dollars go toward humane outcomes for impounded animals.”

The transparency bill, which will go into effect July 1, passed both houses without opposition and was signed this week by Gov. Rick Scott. A bill on shelter transparency recently passed the Maryland state legislature, and similar bills are now making progress in Illinois and Alabama.

“There is a definite trend toward shelter transparency and reform across America, and it reflects people’s growing frustration with the needless killing of millions of innocent, healthy animals,” Robinson said.

Polls show that most Americans do not support killing animals. For instance, a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by Alley Cat Allies found that an overwhelming majority of Americans—81 percent—believe that leaving a stray cat outside to live out his life is more humane than having him caught and put down.

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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.