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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010 
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134


Bill would require spay/neuter for animals before adoption from shelters and rescues

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today called
for passage of a bill before the New Hampshire House of Representatives (S.B. 365) that would
require animal pounds, shelters and rescues to spay or neuter pets before they are adopted out to
permanent homes. The bill has already passed the state Senate.

“We fully support this common sense approach to spay/neuter, and urge the New Hampshire House
to complete the state Senate’s excellent work as soon as possible. This kind of program should be
standard operating procedure at shelters and rescues across the nation,” said Becky Robinson,
president of Alley Cat Allies.

“Spay/neuter is vitally important for safeguarding the welfare of adopted companion animals – it
improves pets’ health, and neutered animals are less likely to be returned to animal shelters, which
according to national statistics, kill 70 percent of the cats who enter,” Robinson said. “With sound
veterinary protocols like early-age spay/neuter available, where cats can be neutered as young as
two month of age or a weight of two pounds, there is no reason any cat or kitten should be placed
in an adoptive home before being neutered.”

Alley Cat Allies is asking supporters in New Hampshire to press their local lawmakers to pass the
bill. To find out more about this legislation, visit


About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is