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2012 Press Releases

December 12, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Criticizes Biloxi Judge for Misguided Punishment of Feral Cat Caregiver
Alley Cat Allies today expressed disappointment at the recent conviction of a 78-year-old Biloxi woman apparently based on the mistaken belief by Judge Pro Tem Dean Wilson that her longtime participation in a sanctioned Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats was a “hoarding” situation. Read the press release.

December 4, 2012 - Humane Society, Alley Cat Allies Host Town Hall Meeting to Address Recent Cat Killings and Spur Community Action
The Humane Society of Louisiana and Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, have partnered to hold a Town Hall meeting on December 13, 2012 in Jackson, La. to address two recent incidents in which cats were brutally killed in East Feliciana Parish. Read the press release.

November 30, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies: Liberty, Missouri Conviction of Feral Cat Caregiver is 'A Travesty'
Alley Cat Allies today said it was extremely disappointed by the conviction of a woman in Liberty, Mo. who was caring for feral cats in her community, including spaying and neutering the cats as part of a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. Read the press release.

November 27, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Seeks Answers, Offers Rewards for Information in Brutal Louisiana Cat Killings
Alley Cat Allies announced it has established two reward funds of $5,000 each in two separate but recent cases in Louisiana in which cats were brutally killed, and has also set up a tip line for members of the public who may have clues to help solve these crimes. Read the press release.

October 25, 2012 - Winter is Coming—Alley Cat Allies' Recommendations for Preparing Feral and Stray Cats for Cold Weather
As the temperature outside drops, compassionate people around the nation are caring for the cats they see living outdoors in their communities. Read the press release.

October 11, 2012 - Alabama Nonprofit Spay/Neuter Clinics Saved
Alley Cat Allies today celebrated with Alabama residents, veterinarians, and legislators who stood up to save their state’s nonprofit spay/neuter clinics. Read the press release.

October 8, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Surveys Alabama Veterinarians on Support of Spay/Neuter Clinic Measure
Alley Cat Allies today reported on answers from a poll of Alabama’s veterinary clinics regarding their support of nonprofit spay/neuter clinics in the state. Read the press release.

September 26, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Announces 2012 National Feral Cat Day® Award Recipients
Alley Cat Allies announced the 22 recipients of the National Feral Cat Day® Community Impact Awards, held in honor of the 12th annual National Feral Cat Day® on October 16. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award. Another 16 runners-up each receive a $500 award. Read the press release.

September 8, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies to 20/20: Get Your Facts Straight on Cats
Alley Cat Allies today derided ABC’s 20/20 after the program aired a sensational segment about outdoor cats and wildlife predation, but ignored the species with the greatest impact on wildlife: people. Read the press release.

August 8, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Criticizes Extremist Bird Group's Response to University of Georgia Research
Alley Cat Allies today criticized the American Bird Conservancy for grossly misinterpreting new research being done at the University of Georgia and using it to support misleading claims that cats are one of the main reasons for bird species decline. Read the press release.

July 30, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Responds to Dismissal of Officer's Conviction in Virginia Cat-Beating Case
Alley Cat Allies today expressed shock and disappointment at a decision by a special prosecutor in Page County, Va. to dismiss on appeal the conviction of a Harrisonburg police officer who had been found guilty of animal cruelty in March for the beating death of an injured stray cat. Read the press release.

July 23, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Supports Brevard County, FL Citizen in Lawsuit Against County Commissioners
Alley Cat Allies today announced that a lawsuit has been filed against the Brevard County Board of Commissioners for illegally suspending key portions of a 13-year-old county ordinance establishing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats in Brevard County. Read the press release.

July 18, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies to Brevard County Commissioners: Do Not Dismantle Trap-Neuter-Return
Alley Cat Allies today published an open letter to county commissioners in Brevard County, Fla. asking them to stop “chipping away” at a longstanding Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) ordinance. Read the press release.

July 12, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for Trapping and Removing Cats
Alley Cat Allies today condemned a plan by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to trap and remove cats at Barnett Access in Heber Springs, Ark. Read the press release.

July 11, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces False Rumors Linking Toxoplasmosis and Cat Ownership
Alley Cat Allies today refuted media headlines implying a deadly link between cat ownership and toxoplasmosis. Read the press release.

June 29, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Offers Remote Assistance to Fire-Affected Regions of Colorado
Alley Cat Allies today offered assistance to residents of Colorado Springs, Colo. and surrounding regions who are affected by the wildfires responsible for destroying homes and separating families from their communities, including many residents who care for outdoor cats. Read the press release.

June 27, 2012 - October 16 is National Feral Cat Day®
Alley Cat Allies is counting down the days until the 12th annual National Feral Cat Day® (October 16) by urging advocates around the country to start planning now for events and programs that raise awareness about feral cat care, Trap-Neuter-Return and the need for positive, sustainable change for all cats in communities large and small. Read the press release.

June 12, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Educates Santa Ana Community on Flea Prevention, Humane Cat Care
Alley Cat Allies joined the City of Santa Ana, Calif., and the Santa Ana Unified School District on Saturday, June 9 at an educational fair aimed at raising awareness among residents about responsible pet care and flea prevention. Read the press release.

June 7, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Requests an Immediate Moratorium on the Trapping of Cats at Aloe Village Senior Complex in Galloway, NJ
Alley Cat Allies today urged residents at the Aloe Village Senior Complex and officials in Galloway Township, N.J. to adopt proven and humane solutions in lieu of catching kittens and cats and turning them into the shelter where six kittens from the Complex have already been killed. Read the press release.

June 4, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Applauds Wake County for Supporting Lifesaving Policies for Cats
Alley Cat Allies today applauded County Commissioners in Wake County, N.C. for their vote in support of an ordinance that protects the lives of cats and reverses policies that send cats to their deaths in pounds and shelters. Read the press release.

May 30, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Calls on New York Lawmakers to Support Historic Animal Sheltering Bill
Alley Cat Allies today called on lawmakers on the New York State Assembly’s Agriculture Committee to support Assembly Bill 7312, the New York Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act (CAARA), when the bill is offered at a committee hearing on Thursday, May 31. Read the press release.

May 29, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Urges Santa Ana to Stop Killing Cats in Typhus Eradication Effort
Alley Cat Allies today urged public health workers in Santa Ana, Calif., to stop trapping and killing cats in a misguided effort to eradicate flea-born typhus. Read the press release.

May 21, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Sponsors Spay-a-Thon for Canton Cats
Alley Cat Allies will sponsor a two-week “Spay-a-Thon” for feral and pet cats from Canton, Ohio. Spay/neuter, vaccinations and other services will be provided at no charge to eligible residents. Read the press release.

May 21, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Calls on Wake County, N.C. Commissioners to Vote in Lifesaving Laws
Alley Cat Allies joins local supporters today in calling on the Wake County, N.C. Board of Commissioners to support a humane ordinance that supports Trap-Neuter-Return and protects the lives of cats, and to reject an approach that would continue to send outdoor cats to the county pound, where they are killed. Read the press release.

April 17, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces Worcester County, MD Animal Control for Killing Pet Cats
Alley Cat Allies today condemned Animal Control of Worcester County, Md. after news reports that the agency had trapped and killed pet cats without keeping the cats for the required 10-day holding period or determining whether the cats had owners. Read the press release.

April 12, 2012 - Humane Groups, Citizens to Protest Cruel Treatment of Loews' Resort Cats in Orlando
Alley Cat Allies today announced it will hold a protest on Saturday, April 14 in Orlando to demand reinstatement of the Trap-Neuter-Return program that was ended with the company’s cruel trapping of colonies of feral cats who had made their home at three Loews properties (the Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resorts. Read the press release.

April 5, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Calls on Loews to Stop Cat Trapping After Cruelty Exposed by Hotel Guests, Photos
Alley Cat Allies today condemned the Loews Royal Pacific, Loews Portofino, and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resorts in Orlando, Fla. after eyewitnesses reported cruel treatment by a trapping company hired to remove a longtime colony of feral cats living at the properties, and called on Loews to stop the trapping immediately. Read the press release.

March 29, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces Loews' Decision to Trap and Remove Cats at Orlando Resort
Alley Cat Allies today reacted to a decision by the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel & Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Fla. to trap and remove a colony of cats who have lived at the property for years as part of a successful Trap-Neuter-Return program. Loews announced plans to “relocate” the cats to a local animal control facility, where they will likely be killed unless other arrangements can be found for them. Read the press release. 

March 28, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Urges Major Overhaul at Memphis Animal Shelter After Criminal Prosecutions
Alley Cat Allies today thanked Memphis, Tenn. Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. and Police Director Toney Armstrong for overseeing a long investigation into practices at the Memphis animal shelter that uncovered criminal animal cruelty and other serious charges. Read the press release. 

March 13, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Presses for Better Policies for Canton, Ohio Cats
Alley Cat Allies today said it was disappointed and astounded that the Canton City Council voted to renew the contract of a private animal control service for two years, despite opposition from local citizens and continuing controversy over mistreatment of animals by the contractor. Read the press release. 

March 13, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Praises Virginia Authorities for Guilty Verdict in Cat Beating Death; Calls for Officer's Dismissal
Alley Cat Allies today applauded a Virginia judge for finding Officer J.N. Snoddy guilty of animal cruelty. Read the press release. 

February 23, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Sounds Calls on Canton, OH to Immediately Suspend Contractor
Alley Cat Allies today called on city leaders in Canton, Ohio to immediately suspend a contractor tasked with carrying out a component of the city’s animal control services, pending an investigation into a videotaped incident in which the contractor was witnessed mistreating a dog. Read the press release. 

February 15, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Sounds Alarm Over Problematic New York State Animal Shelter Bill
Alley Cat Allies expressed grave concerns regarding a bill (A. 5449) in the New York State legislature that would lead to many more animals being killed in animal pounds and shelters across the state. Read the press release. 

February 3, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Asks California Governor: Don't Repeal Hayden Law
Alley Cat Allies today asked California Gov. Jerry Brown to reconsider his proposal to repeal significant portions of the Hayden Law, a state law that provides standards to help animals in public and private animal shelters, and makes the shelters more accountable to the public. Read the press release. 

February 2, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Announces Two Cats Held by Wake County Animal Center to be Released to Operation Catnip
Alley Cat Allies today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina. Read the press release. 

February 1, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North Carolina
Alley Cat Allies today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina. Read the press release. 

January 30, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Calls on Canton, OH to Adopt New Spay/Neuter Policies for Cats
Alley Cat Allies today called on city leaders in Canton, Ohio to suspend the city’s current animal control contract and consider new humane approaches to managing the population of feral and stray cats. Read the press release. 

January 30, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Demands Wake County Animal Center Release Two Cats Being Held and Scheduled to be Killed
Alley Cat Allies has appealed to the Wake County Animal Center in North Carolina to not kill two cats that were trapped by animal control officers. Read the press release. 

January 26, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Praises Florida Senate Committee for Unanimous Passage of Animal Shelter Bill
Alley Cat Allies today praised the Florida State Senate Committee on Community Affairs for unanimous passage of the Florida Animal Rescue Act (S.B. 818/H.B. 597), and thanked State Sen. Mike Bennett (R) for sponsoring the legislation. Read the press release. 

January 25, 2012 - Spay or Neuter Your Cat Now Before Kitten Season
When temperatures rise each spring, it marks the beginning of “kitten season,” the time of year when millions of kittens are born and brought to animal shelters nationwide. Read the press release. 

January 23, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Calls for Full Investigation into Cat's Violent Beating Death in Arkansas
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today reacted to news reports that a pet Siamese cat belonging to the family of a campaign manager for an Arkansas congressional candidate was violently beaten to death by trespassers and left for the family to find. Read the press release. 

January 18, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Issues Statement on "Punitive and Harmful" Ordinance Passed in Charles County, MD
Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today issued the following statement on the recent vote of the Charles County, Maryland Board of Commissioners to enact cruel measures that will harm cats and place punitive burdens on residents caring for feral cats in the community... Read the press release. 

January 12, 2012 - Alley Cat Allies Praises Virginia Authorities for Bringing Charges in Harrisonburg Officer Cat-Beating Case
Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today thanked Marsha Garst, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, for bringing a charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty against Officer J.N. Snoddy of the Harrisonburg police force. Read the press release. 

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