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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580; CATE SNYDER, csnyder@alleycat.org or (240) 482-3890

Alley Cat Allies Commends Hillsborough County, FL, for Adopting Trap-Neuter-Return Pilot
Program could save 4,000 cats over two years

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today congratulated Hillsborough County, Florida, for adopting a two-year pilot program that will enable the county shelter to practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). The pilot, which could potentially save the lives of 4,000 cats over two years, is part of a larger package of shelter reforms that Hillsborough County commissioners passed today in a 6-1 vote.

“This is a great beginning for Hillsborough County and we hope it will pave the way for a permanent ordinance and program supporting TNR,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Dozens of veterinarians and volunteers in Hillsborough are demonstrating every day that TNR works and across the country support for TNR is growing almost daily. TNR is the only effective—and humane—solution to reducing the outdoor cat population.”

Tampa Bay is home to two long-running, independent, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, one conducted by the Animal Coalition of Tampa and another by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, that together have neutered more than 40,000 cats since they were established in 2005. Thousands of fewer cats are entering the Hillsborough County Animal Services shelter each year because of these TNR programs put in place by members of the community.

“As a veterinarian, I cannot emphasize enough how strongly I support TNR,” said Dr. Christine Glenn, a veterinarian who works hands-on with TNR at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay spay/neuter clinic. “Across the country more and more veterinarians are treating feral cats and embracing TNR because discontinuing the breeding cycle is the only effective approach to reducing the feral cat population.”

More than 330 local governments have also adopted or endorse TNR, and two states—Illinois and Utah—and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that support TNR.

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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.