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Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580

ALLEY CAT ALLIES ASKS SOUTH NEWTON, PA., TO DIVERT FUNDS FOR KILLING CATS TO HUMANE PROGRAMS
Supervisors vote down plan to catch and kill cats, but refuse to fund solutions like Trap-Neuter-Return

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for cats, applauds South Newton Township supervisors for abandoning a plan to catch and kill feral cats at a meeting Tuesday. The organization also asked that the supervisors divert funding they had allocated for catching and killing cats toward humane solutions for community cats.

There is widespread support for Trap-Neuter-Return among South Newton residents, and last night’s meeting was attended by dozens of cat lovers and caregivers. After a heated debate, township supervisors voted unanimously against the catch and kill plan. However, supervisors added it was up to property owners to address the feral cat topic because it was too “expensive” for the township to handle.

“We are thrilled that the supervisors have called off their ill-conceived plan to kill innocent cats, but it is not enough,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “South Newton’s residents need their elected officials to step up to the plate and do the right thing by using taxpayer money they allocated for killing animals to fund humane programs like Trap-Neuter-Return.”

During Trap-Neuter Return, or TNR, cats are trapped humanely, transported to a clinic where they are sterilized and vaccinated, then returned to their original colony locations. Reproduction stops immediately and over time the colony size reduces.

Robinson said Alley Cat Allies will work with local groups on providing TNR services and education for residents in South Newton.

William Gomaa, lead attorney with Alley Cat Allies, wrote to South Newton supervisors last week offering a free rabies clinic for the township’s animals. The offer was reiterated in a statement Alley Cat Allies presented at Tuesday’s meeting.

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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.