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Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134


Offers to establish humane Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today
pressed the city of Evanston, Ill. to abandon a plan to trap and kill a large feral cat colony on a
property within the city limits. The organization has offered the city assistance with establishing a
humane program.

In a letter to Evanston Chief Animal Warden Linda Teckler, Alley Cat Allies president Becky
Robinson notes that local residents as well as supporters from across country have appealed to
Alley Cat Allies for help in opposing the trap and kill plan at the 1900 block of Grant Street in
Evanston. (A notice about the plan can be found at

“We are asking Evanston to declare an immediate moratorium on the trapping and give us two
weeks to organize our resources for an effective and humane plan of action,” said Robinson. “It is
critical to act now. Several cats have already been trapped and killed this week, and at least five
more are in the custody of animal control.”

In her letter to Teckler, Robinson pointed out that humane care for feral cats and Trap-Neuter-
Return programs are well established in Cook County, and that there are a great number of local
resources readily available to the city, “including groups willing to take over management of the
colony, provide low cost spay/neuter services and educate the community.”

“So-called ‘eradication’ programs never work. Removing and killing the cats currently residing on
the property will only make room for unaltered, unvaccinated cats to move in and breed…We
firmly believe you are making a decision that would be of great expense to your community, with
no discernable benefit,” Robinson wrote.

For more information and resources on Trap-Neuter-Return in the Cook County area, visit


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