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For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014
Contact: JOHNNIE SIMPSON, media@alleycat.org or (240) 482-3895

CAT ADVOCATES TO HOLD MEMORIAL FOR YONKERS CATS WHO WERE KILLED
Up to 100 people expected to attend—Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

YONKERS, NY—A memorial service for the cats, found dead late last month in a Yonkers, New York lot, has been organized by local advocate Kristin A. Crage. At least 25 cats were killed, many of which were placed in plastic bags and hung from a tree. As the investigation continues, compassionate citizens will have the opportunity to pay their respects and mourn the deaths of the not to be forgotten felines.

Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of cats will be providing white flowers for attendants to carry at the memorial. The nonprofit will also provide a sharegraphic to post on social media—with the symbolic white flower—so supporters from across the country can virtually participate. The image is available on its website at www.alleycat.org/YonkersMemorial.

A large floral wreath with the text “In Memory of the Cats” will be placed at the site where the cats’ bodies were found. Ordained minister Dina Lenore Cirigliano will give the eulogy.

“Humans do not own this earth,” says Kristin A. Crage, Yonkers resident and organizer of the memorial.  “We share it with animals and it's our responsibility to protect, watch over and respect them. All they want is our kindness.”

WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Participants will meet in the metered parking lot behind C.H. Martin Department Store (located at 2 Palisades Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10701) and walk the two blocks down to the site where the cats were found.

“Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray and feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “We are working closely with the community and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.”

Alley Cat Allies is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the open case and local animal protection issues with the community next Thursday, May 15, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Riverview Restaurant, located at 1 Warburton Ave., Hastings on Hudson, New York. Open to the public.

Multiple organizations, including Alley Cat Allies, have offered rewards for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact local police or the SPCA of Westchester confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.

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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 over 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.