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Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2009
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134


(BETHESDA) – As the calendar approaches October 16 – National Feral Cat Day – feral cats
are increasingly in the news, with cities and towns all over the country looking toward humane
programs that take into account the needs of the community and of the cats.

“Many Americans don’t really know what a ‘feral cat’ is, but they know they’ve seen them around,
because feral cats exist in every community, from urban to rural,” said Becky Robinson, president
of Alley Cat Allies.

“Feral cats are a bit of mystery – because they are wary of humans, they may be hidden out in plain
sight and living ‘in the shadows.’ Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species like pet cats,
but they are fearful of humans and can’t be adopted. When they are taken to animal shelters, they
are almost always killed there,” she said.

“Feral cats live healthy, quality lives outdoors, but there are ways make their lives even better,
including programs like Trap-Neuter-Return,” said Robinson. “National Feral Cat Day is a great
opportunity to learn more about feral cats and why Trap-Neuter-Return is best for the cats and the

National Feral Cat Day, started by Alley Cat Allies in 2001, is celebrated by thousands of people
across the U.S., who participate in fundraisers, adoption events, or spay/neuter drives in order to
draw attention to the special needs of stray and feral cats.

For a list of local events or to find out more about National Feral Cat Day, visit

To schedule a media interview with Alley Cat Allies, email


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