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Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580

NORTH RIDGEVILLE WILL DIRECT ALL OUTDOOR CAT QUESTIONS TO LOCAL ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS
Alley Cat Allies applauds city’s decision to stop responding to calls on outdoor cats, after humane officer shot and killed five kittens in resident’s backyard

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, applauded a decision by the city of North Ridgeville, Ohio, to stop responding to calls about cats unless they are of a “true emergency nature.” Instead, residents who call with questions about cats will be directed to local animal protection organizations that can assist them.

In a letter to Alley Cat Allies, Mayor G. David Gillock wrote: “We will provide to our residents traps if requested, and if they are available. We will provide them with the name of a veterinarian who can humanely euthanize sick or injured cats. We will also provide them with the name of a facility that will spay or neuter cats should the residents so desire.”

“This is a victory for the cats,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “We now look forward to working with local organizations to create better awareness about outdoor cats and about Trap-Neuter-Return, the only humane way to control cat populations.”

North Ridgeville was put under the spotlight last month after reports that a humane officer,shot and killed five kittens in a resident’s backyard. Alley Cat Allies wrote to Mayor Gillock offering free training for the city’s humane officers on how to humanely handle cats, and on the state animal anti-cruelty law.”

On June 17, Interim Executive Director Paul Berry of Alley Cat Allies addressed a peaceful rally of 100 residents in North Ridgeville who were protesting the shooting of the kittens. Later that day, Berry spoke at a city council meeting where he presented more than 32,000 signatures calling for an end to all cat “euthanasia” in the city. After the meeting, he met with Police Chief Michael Freeman.

In his letter to Alley Cat Allies, Gillock said Freeman is now working with local residents to form a community civic group that people can turn to with questions about feral cats. “Hopefully, these measures will give our residents the tools necessary to deal with cats, in a manner that all will find acceptable.”

Robinson added: “We had asked Mayor Gillock for humane and effective change in North Ridgeville, and this is a hopeful beginning. Those five kittens did not die in vain.”

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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.