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Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134


Comedian to be featured in national PSAs; declares “I’m an Alley Cat Ally”

BETHESDA – Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today launched a print
Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign featuring comedian Paula Poundstone. Poundstone is
a popular panelist on NPR’s Peabody Award winning weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait Don’t Tell

In the ad, Poundstone declares herself an “Alley Cat Ally,” and a supporter of Alley Cat Allies’ major
campaign to raise awareness about the millions of Americans who care for stray and feral cats in their

“We are delighted to have Paula Poundstone on board to represent the individuals from all walks of life
who share compassion for these cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, the
recognized authority on feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return.

"Cats aren't so swift at family planning, and they don't even wait until they fall in love,” said
Poundstone. “Let's help humanely reduce the feral cat population."

A national survey by the respected research organization Harris Interactive found that over 40 percent
of Americans have fed a stray cat in their lives, and one out of five has done so in the past year.
Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats, but they are not socialized to people and prefer to live
in family groups called colonies. Because they are not adoptable, they are almost always killed in
animal shelters.

Robinson noted that many progressive communities across the country have adopted a lifesaving
program called Trap-Neuter-Return, in which feral cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian
to be neutered and vaccinated and returned to their outdoor home. Trap-Neuter-Return is the best
course of action for feral cats because it ends the breeding cycle, stabilizes populations and improves
the cats’ health, Robinson said.

For more information about the “I’m an Alley Cat Ally” campaign, visit


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

About Paula Poundstone
Paula is the first women to win the cable ACE for best standup comedy special, and the first women to be
invited to entertain at the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner. In 2007 Random House published
her first book, “There Is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say” (with foreword by Mary Tyler Moore)
and Paula is hard at work to give them her second. A star of over six standup comedy specials, Paula tours
regularly across the country. She is famous for her spontaneous wit and off-kilter comedy, immortalized in
her first comedy CD: “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Maine.” Follow Paula on Twitter and Facebook, or