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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580

ALLEY CAT ALLIES WILL HONOR HARRINGTON, DEL., ON NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY FOR COMMUNITY-WIDE TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN PROGRAM
Program represents unique partnership between city and residents

WHAT: Alley Cat Allies will present the Architects of Change for Cats award to the City of Harrington, Del., on the occasion of National Feral Cat Day
WHERE: Harrington City Hall, 106 Dorman St., Harrington, DE 19952
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Liz Holtz, Staff Attorney for Alley Cat Allies, Hetti Brown, Delaware State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, and Terry Tieman, Harrington City Manager

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for cats will present the Architects of Change for Cats award to the city of Harrington, Del., on Oct. 16, National Feral Cat Day. Harrington is being recognized for implementing a community-wide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for outdoor cats.

The Architects of Change for Cats award is given to communities that have taken steps to help but also reduce community cat populations in a humane way. Alley Cat Allies will also present certificates to key caregivers, volunteers and animal protection organizations that came together to create the TNR program.

“Harrington is a great example of a community working together to implement TNR,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats and the creator and annual organizer of National Feral Cat Day. “The city leadership, caregivers and organizations created the best program for the cats and their community. This is exactly the kind of partnership we have hoped for since National Feral Cat Day was created 13 years ago.”

In 2012, the Harrington city council was approached by the Delaware chapter of the Humane Society of the United States and volunteers interested in starting a TNR program. Soon after, the city updated its code to allow for such a program.

“Everyone owned this – every policymaker jumped in to get us city funds, donate supplies, and one councilperson even helped in trapping,” said Hetti Brown, Delaware State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, who helped coordinate the new program.

The city got the word out about the program by publicizing it in water bills, the city newsletter, and even created a city web page. Public works and the code enforcement officer helped identify cat colony locations and gain support from property owners. Community volunteers formed the Harrington City Cat Crew to carry out TNR. PetSmart Charities funded the program.

There are an estimated 600 community cats in Harrington. So far, more than 380 have undergone TNR.

For media inquiries or to RSVP, please contact Vaishali Honawar at vhonawar@alleycat.org, or at 240-482-2580.

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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. Its website is www.alleycat.org.