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Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 28, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580

ALLEY CAT ALLIES COMMENDS RADNOR, PA., FOR QUASHING PUNATIVE PROPOSAL ON CAT CAREGIVERS
Township Commissioners have already passed a resolution supporting Trap-Neuter-Return

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, commends Radnor Township in Pennsylvania for throwing out proposed language that would have legally defined as owners the caregivers of feral cats—cats who are not owned and who make their home outdoors. The action follows on the heels of a resolution passed unanimously by the township’s commissioners earlier this month that supports Trap-Neuter-Return as “the most effective way” to reduce the population of outdoor cats.

“This is a huge victory for cats and for the caregivers who so selflessly look after them,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “In just a few weeks Radnor has come a long way from restricting TNR to endorsing it as the best program to stabilize cat populations. Kudos to the commissioners for listening to the voices of reason and compassion in the community.”

Earlier this year, Radnor commissioners proposed the addition of new language to an existing ordinance that would make caregivers of outdoor cats their legal owners. The ordinance also discouraged the feeding of outdoor cats. Alley Cat Allies wrote a letter to Radnor commissioners objecting to the language and other portions of the ordinance that would hurt cats and caregivers without making a dent in the outdoor cat population.

“Feral cat caregivers care for outdoor cats but are not owners of these cats, because they neither create nor maintain the stray and feral cat population,” wrote Elizabeth Holtz, staff attorney for Alley Cat Allies. “The caregivers who would be impacted by this ordinance are individuals who spend their own time and money to improve the community. Their actions directly benefit the township, and their efforts should be supported and encouraged, not deterred.”

At Monday’s meeting, commissioners voted 6-1 to remove the disputed language from the ordinance.

Alley Cat Allies also worked closely with local residents to educate commissioners on TNR, a program where cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then released to their outdoor colony locations. Because there are no more births, colony sizes stabilize and drop over time.

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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.