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Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 22, 2009
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

BALTIMORE BILLBOARDS HIGHLIGHT SERVICES FOR FERAL
CATS

Campaign sponsor Alley Cat Allies aims to boost awareness of local programs

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, has
launched a billboard campaign to highlight the Every Kitty-Every City program
(www.alleycat.org/Baltimore,) which raises awareness about stray and feral cats and low-cost
spay/neuter services.

Billboards have been erected at 20 locations throughout Baltimore City, featuring a photograph of a
cat and reading, “She’s Looking to You for Help.” (High quality image available for download at
www.alleycat.org/BaltimoreBillboard). The billboard directs the public to a web page
(www.alleycat.org/Baltimore) offering local veterinary resources, a schedule of community
workshops, networking and volunteer opportunities. The billboards were made possible through a
generous donation by Clear Channel, and will stay up through mid-January.

“Through the Every Kitty-Every City program, our goal is to rally community support for
programs that increase spay/neuter rates for cats, including Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats,” said
Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Trap-Neuter-Return improves the cats’ lives.
They no longer undergo the strains of mating and pregnancy. It humanely stabilizes the feral cat
population by ending the breeding cycle. Neutering also makes them better neighbors by ending
new litters of kittens and behaviors such as yowling and fighting.”

In 2007, Alley Cat Allies formed a partnership with the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Animal
Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and the Maryland Feline Society to amend city law to make it
easier to practice Trap-Neuter-Return in Baltimore.

Both the MDSPCA and BARCS currently hold regular spay/neuter clinic hours for feral cats, and
educational workshops for caregivers and interested citizens. Feral-Fix is a MDSPCA program
offering low-cost neutering for feral cats whose caregivers are participating in a Trap-Neuter-
Return program and caring for a colony larger than five cats. Events are held twice a month.
Additionally, BARCS works with Community Cats Maryland to organize monthly low-cost feral
cat spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.

For more information about the MDSPCA or BARCS, or to attend a clinic, visit www.mdspca.org
or www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org.

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