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Press Release

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

ON 13TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY®, ALLEY CAT ALLIES CELEBRATES WITH MILESTONES, PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE
More than 400 registered events nationwide highlight growing movement to transform communities and protect cats’ lives

BETHESDA, MD—October 16 marked the 13th annual celebration of National Feral Cat Day® with record numbers of Americans registering their support for embracing humane animal control and sheltering practices that protect the lives of community cats, said Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s leading advocacy group for cats. Alley Cat Allies founded National Feral Cat Day® in 2001.

“This year, more than 430 individuals, community nonprofit groups, spay/neuter clinics, animal shelters and other organizations held events in honor of National Feral Cat Day—the largest number of events we’ve recorded in this day’s history,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

“Every year, the movement to protect the lives of cats grows stronger, nationwide. Hundreds of municipal and private shelters and animal control agencies have embraced Trap-Neuter-Return and abandoned the cruelty of ‘catch and kill’. Communities are seeing firsthand that these innovative programs really work,” she said.

In addition to record numbers of TNR workshops, spay/neuter drives, education events and fundraisers registered at www.nationalferalcatday.org, four counties in Florida—Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Hardee—issued official proclamations recognizing the day.

Also in honor of National Feral Cat Day®, Alley Cat Allies presented the “Architects of Change for Cats” award to the City of Harrington, Del. for implementing and supporting a community-wide TNR program in 2012. Harrington lawmakers passed an ordinance to clear the way for the program and provided funding, supplies and the necessary publicity—including the creation of a city website on TNR—to get the program off the ground. There are an estimated 600 community cats in Harrington, and so far more than 380 have undergone TNR.

“More than 350 communities nationwide have embraced TNR in the past two decades since Alley Cat Allies first started to advocate this humane program,” said Robinson. “We applaud their commitment to humane, effective change.”

More information can be found at www.nationalferalcatday.org.

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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.