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2013 Press Releases

December 13, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies’ To Host First Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Workshop in Partnership with Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association
Alley Cat Allies will hold a workshop on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) at the Martin Luther King Jr., Community Center, on Monday, December 16. As part of Alley Cat Allies’ Future Five: Partners to Save Cats Lives program, Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association recently received $5,000 along with one year of expert guidance to help expand KCHA’s humane programs for cats. Read the press release.

November 19, 2013 - Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association Receives Future Five Grant From Alley Cat Allies
The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in West Virginia has been chosen as the first of five participants in a unique grant program created by Alley Cat Allies. The program is designed to move animal shelters away from killing feral cats and supporting Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane program for cats who live outdoors and are not socialized. Read the press release.

November 11, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference Spotlights Growing Movement to Protect Cats
Alley Cat Allies wrapped up a three-day conference in Arlington, Va. at which more than 350 attendees from 37 states convened to hear experts and leaders from across the nation discuss the keys to success in implementing humane programs for community cats. Read the press release.

October 24, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Receives New Zealand Companion Animal Council’s Award for Service to Animals
Alley Cat Allies was presented this month with the New Zealand Companion Animal Council’s Assisi award in recognition of its outstanding service to animals. This is the first time that the award has been presented to an organization, instead of an individual. Read the press release.

October 23, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference Kicks off in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 8
Alley Cat Allies will hold its first national conference, Architects of Change for Cats, between Nov. 8 and 10 in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will feature more than 25 speakers and organizations whose work has dramatically transformed the animal sheltering system in the United States. Read the press release.

October 16, 2013 - On 13th Annual National Feral Cat Day®, Alley Cat Allies Celebrates with Milestones, Proclamations and Awards for Community Change
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. Read the press release.

October 11, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Will Honor Harrington, Del., on National Feral Cat Day for Community-Wide Trap-Neuter-Return Program
Alley Cat Allies 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. Read the press release.

September 27, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Condemns Florida Sheriff’s Inaction in Walton County Cat Shooting
Alley Cat Allies today condemned a Florida sheriff’s office for failure to act in the wake of the brutal shooting of a cat by a Freeport, Fla., resident. Read the press release.

September 20, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Slams Pennsylvania Borough for Passing Cruel and Pointless Anti-Cat Ordinance
Alley Cat Allies today blasted the Northumberland, Pa. Borough Council for passing an ordinance to “ban” outdoor cats by implementing a so-called “leash law” and prohibiting feral cat caregivers from feeding and caring for the cats. Read the press release.

September 6, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Announces Trap-Neuter-Return Program for Cats in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Alley Cat Allies will on Tuesday co-host a workshop in Seaside Heights, N.J. to educate residents about Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats living at the boardwalk. Read the press release.

August 30, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Asks Walton County, Fl., to Investigate Brutal Shooting of Cat
Alley Cat Allies has written a letter to the Walton County Sheriff’s office asking it to investigate the brutal shooting of a cat by a Freeport resident as an act of animal cruelty. Read the press release.

August 22, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Commends Radnor, Pa., for Quashing Punitive Proposal on Cat Caregivers
Alley Cat Allies 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. Read the press release.

August 22, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Asks South Newton, Pa., to Divert Funds for Killing Cats to Humane Programs
Alley Cat Allies applauded 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. Read the press release.

August 22, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Applauds Arlington, TX, for Adopting Trap-Neuter-Return Resolution
Alley Cat Allies congratulates Arlington, Texas, for passing a resolution this week that approves a Trap-Neuter-Return program for community cats in the city. Alley Cat Allies worked closely with city officials to create the resolution which was adopted unanimously at the meeting by the city council. Read the press release.

August 15, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces Biased Rabies Review that Calls for Eradicating Cats
Alley Cat Allies says a new review in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health that calls for eradicating feral cats is biased and grossly exaggerates the potential rabies threat from cats. Read the press release.

August 9, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Offers Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Animals in South Newton, Pa.
Alley Cat Allies has written a letter offering a free rabies vaccination clinic for all animals in South Newton Township, if the township’s leaders retract a proposal to trap and kill outdoor cats. Read the press release.

July 29, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Offers Blueprints to Transform Communities—and Save Cats’ Lives—at National Conference
Advocates working to change communities to be more compassionate, humane and protective of the lives of cats are encouraged to join Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, on Nov. 8-10 in Arlington, Va., for Architects of Change for Cats, a national conference. Read the press release.

July 29, 2013 - 13th Annual National Feral Cat Day (Oct. 16) Highlights Growing National Movement toward More Compassionate Communities
The 13th annual National Feral Cat Day® on Oct. 16 will shine a spotlight on the growing national movement toward embracing humane animal control and sheltering practices that protect the lives of community cats. Read the press release.

July 16, 2013 - North Ridgeville Will Direct All Outdoor Cat Questions to Local Animal Protection Groups
Alley Cat Allies applauded a decision by the city of North Ridgeville, Ohio, to stop responding to calls about cats unless they are of a “true emergency nature.” Instead, residents who call with questions about cats will be directed to local animal protection organizations that can assist them. Read the press release.

July 10, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces Report Exaggerating Health Threat from Toxoplasmosis
Alley Cat Allies today denounced a study that grossly exaggerates the health threat to humans from toxoplasmosis parasites that may be present in very small amounts in cat feces. Read the press release.

June 26, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Continues Support for Cat Rescue Efforts in Moore, Oklahoma
Alley Cat Allies has been providing support to animal welfare organizations working on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma after a tornado swept through the region last month. Read the press release.

June 19, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Joins Protest Against Kitten Shootings in North Ridgeville, Ohio
Alley Cat Allies was in North Ridgeville this week to protest an incident where an animal control officer shot and killed five kittens in a resident’s backyard. Interim Executive Director Paul Berry presented to the city council a petition calling for an end to all cat “euthanasia” in the city. Read the press release.

June 17, 2013 - Petition to End Cat Euthanasia in North Ridgeville, Ohio, Gathers 30,000 Signatures
Alley Cat Allies will present a petition with 30,000 signatures calling for an immediate end to all “euthanasia” of cats in North Ridgeville, at tonight’s city council meeting. Read the press release.

June 13, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Calls for End to All Cat ‘Euthanasia’ in North Ridgeville, Ohio, After Humane Officer Shoots Five Kittens
Alley Cat Allies is asking the mayor of North Ridgeville, Ohio, to issue an order ending the killing of all cats by animal control officers, after a humane officer shot and killed five kittens in a resident’s backyard. Read the press release.

June 13, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Doubles Reward for Information in Deliberate New Orleans Kitten Killing
Alley Cat Allies has doubled the $500 reward offered by the Humane Society of Louisiana for information on the intentional and brutal killing of a kitten on the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans last week. Read the press release.

June 5, 2013 - John Fulton, Host of Animal Planet's Must Love Cats, Records PSA for Feral Cats
John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats, makes a pitch for the humane treatment of feral cats in a new public service announcement recorded for the nonprofit Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats. Read the press release.

May 21, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Sets Up Hotline, Offers Disaster Tips to Assist Cat Rescue in Moore, Oklahoma
Alley Cat Allies today announced a coordinated effort to support cat rescue work in Moore, Oklahoma in the aftermath of a deadly tornado that ripped through the area. Read the press release.

May 16, 2013 - Report: Support for Trap-Neuter-Return for Cats Rose Ten-Fold Among Local Governments Over Past Decade
The number of local governments with policies favoring Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for outdoor cats has risen exponentially over the past decade, from just 23 in 2003 to 240 this year, according to a new report released by Alley Cat Allies. Read the press release.

May 1, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Delivers 55,000 Signatures to Smithsonian to Protest Flawed Study on Cats and Birds
Alley Cat Allies today delivered to the Smithsonian Institution a petition signed by more than 55,000 Americans to protest a controversial study the institution funded on cats and wildlife. Read the press release.

May 1, 2013 - Alley Alley Cat Allies Commends Hillsborough County, FL, for Adopting Trap-Neuter-Return Pilot
Alley Cat Allies today congratulated Hillsborough County, Florida, for adopting a two-year pilot program that will enable the county shelter to practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Read the press release.

April 26, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Applauds New Florida Animal Shelter Transparency Law
Alley Cat Allies applauds the signing into law of the Florida Shelter Transparency Bill that will require animal pounds and shelters to release monthly reports about how many dogs and cats they take in and what happens to them. Read the press release.

April 19, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Says Baltimore County Could Have Averted Rabies in Cat by Adopting Trap-Neuter-Return
Alley Cat Allies today called on Baltimore County to adopt Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane and effective program that includes vaccinating cats against rabies. The statement follows reports that an outdoor cat in the county has tested positive for rabies. Read the press release.

April 18, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Asks Brevard Commissioners Not to Weaken Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinance
Alley Cat Allies is urging commissioners in Florida’s Brevard County not to make restrictive changes to its pioneering ordinance that supports Trap-Neuter-Return for outdoor cats. Read the press release.

April 4, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Urges Passage of Bill to Neuter and Vaccinate More Cats in Florida
Alley Cat Allies today urged Florida lawmakers to pass a bill that could save the lives of cats by supporting community cat programs that implement Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Read the press release.

April 2, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies-Sponsored Spay/Neuter Clinic Gets Ahead of "Kitten Season" in Broward County
Alley Cat Allies sponsored a special Spay-a-Thon on Saturday, March 30, at which 42 feral cats were neutered by veterinarians with Stray Aid & Rescue of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before being returned to their outdoor homes. Read the press release.

March 18, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Expresses Satisfaction After Audubon Removes At-Large Editor from Masthead
Alley Cat Allies today thanked supporters for condemning the remarks made by former Audubon magazine editor-at-large Ted Williams in an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, which referenced poisoning feral cats with common household pain relievers. Read the press release.

March 15, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Slams Audubon Editor for Encouraging Cat Poisoning
Alley Cat Allies today called for the immediate dismissal of Ted Williams, editor-at-large for Audubon magazine, in response to his op-ed in the March 14 Orlando Sentinel recommending that feral cats should be poisoned with Tylenol. Read the press release.

March 12, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Sponsors Special Spay/Neuter Clinic to Get Ahead of Las Vegas "Kitten Season"
Alley Cat Allies sponsored a special “Spay-a-Thon” Saturday, March 9 in which 240 feral cats were neutered at the Heaven Can Wait Society of Las Vegas, Nev. Read the press release.

January 30, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Responds to Nature Study's Claims on Cats and Birds
Alley Cat Allies responded to a biased study on cats and wildlife published in the journal Nature, which it called a veiled promotion by bird advocates to ramp up the mass killing of outdoor cats. Read the press release.

January 9, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Denounces Feral Cat Ban by Indian Harbour Beach City Council
Alley Cat Allies today denounced a ban on the care of feral cats imposed by the City Council of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Read the press release.

January 9, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies Condemns Pompano Beach Animal Control for Issuing Citation to Cat Caregiver
Alley Cat Allies today condemned the unnecessary and divisive actions of Pompano Beach Animal Control for issuing a citation to a 72-year-old woman for feeding feral cats. Read the press release.

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