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Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580

Alley Cat Allies Continues Support for Cat Rescue Efforts in Moore, Oklahoma
Organization working with local groups to provide aid, supplies to tornado victims

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, has been providing support to animal welfare organizations working on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma after a tornado swept through the region last month.

Since the disaster, the organization has provided funding to local organizations Kinship Circle and Hands Helping Paws. These funds have been used to help with rescue operations, volunteer mobility, and to help provide cats and kittens rescued from the disaster and placed into foster care with spay/neuter surgery.

Alley Cat Allies has also facilitated a donation of 35 traps from Petco Foundation for Safe Haven Animal Rescue and has partnered with the group to organize on-the-ground trapping and feeding efforts for free-roaming and owned cats in disaster-affected areas.

“The effects of this tornado have been devastating for the entire Moore community, including its animals,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Our staff has been working tirelessly to reach out to residents and humane organizations and to offer help and support to animals and caregivers affected by this disaster.”

Immediately after news of the tornado, the organization set up a hotline for those affected by the disaster with questions about their cats or questions about how to help stranded and feral cats.

“As long-term relief efforts develop, Alley Cat Allies is happy to work with local sheltering organizations to make sure they can support both displaced pet and feral cats until they can be placed in their new indoor or outdoor homes,” Robinson added. “No cat should need to be euthanized except for irremedial illness or injury just because they had the poor fortune to be the victims of a tornado.”

Donations to Alley Cat Allies’ Disaster Recovery Fund can be made to www.alleycat.org/DisasterRelief.

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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.