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Staff Bios

Becky Robinson is President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies. With more than half a million supporters, Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s only advocacy organization and recognized authority on cats. Alley Cat Allies leads the movement to protect and improve the lives of all domestic cats.

Founded in 1990, Alley Cat Allies filled the need for a U.S.-based organization providing education and resources for the countless people caring for outdoor cats. Under Robinson’s leadership, and based on years of hands-on investigation and expertise, Alley Cat Allies developed best practices for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats in the U.S. that are still in place today. Robinson also launched three spay/neuter clinics in the Washington, D.C., area that serve as models for feral cat veterinary care.

Alley Cat Allies is leading a national change in how communities view and treat outdoor cats. Since Robinson started the discussion on, and practice of, TNR in the U.S. 23 years ago, two states—Illinois and Utah—and the District of Columbia have adopted TNR-friendly laws, and more than 350 local governments have ordinances allowing or endorsing TNR. Working directly with volunteers, Alley Cat Allies has helped humanely stabilize and reduce the size of cat colonies through TNR.

Cats are America’s number one pet, but they are also the most likely to face death in the nation’s animal pounds and shelters: more than 70 percent of cats who enter are killed there. Robinson is spearheading the movement to help shelters transform policies and implement humane programs to save cats’ lives.

Robinson holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a B.A. in Social Work from Bethany College. She lives with her husband and five cats in Arlington, Va., where they care for a feral cat colony.

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Donna Wilcox is Vice President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Alley Cat Allies. As Vice President, Wilcox oversees finances, development, and human resources.

Wilcox has been with Alley Cat Allies since the beginning. She brought the organization from a small, startup nonprofit with limited reach, to one with over 200,000 worldwide supporters, an annual income that exceeds $4.5 million, and global recognition for expertise on feral cat issues.

Wilcox continues to be involved with program initiatives. One focus is successfully negotiating with property management companies to stop plans to trap and kill resident cats and work with Alley Cat Allies to implement humane programs that ensure harmony between cats and residents. In 2008, Wilcox achieved this with a company in Northern Virginia and saved the lives of more than 150 cats.

Wilcox has held a life-long affection for, and understanding of, all cats, but especially domestic cats. Decades of personal encounters and dealings added to Wilcox’s knowledge about their behavior, their health, and their relationship with each other and humans. Wilcox has counseled people around the country so they could gain a better understanding of cats and what to do to protect them and improve their lives.

Prior to joining Alley Cat Allies as a full-time staff member in 1999, she managed the Washington, D.C. office of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. She is the main caregiver and acknowledged “mom” of Alley Cat Allies’ five office cats, and she shares her home with her own pack of cats in Bethesda, MD.