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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2009
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134

Says laws are counterproductive, costly, and unenforceable

BETHESDA — Proposed laws to impose mandatory spay/neuter on pet owners will “do more
harm than good,” and should be opposed, according to Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for
stray and feral cats.

“Mandatory spay/neuter laws are counterproductive. They completely ignore feral and stray cats,
which represent the overwhelming majority of intact and breeding cats,” said Becky Robinson,
president of Alley Cat Allies. “Research shows that 82 percent of all pet cats are neutered, while
the same can be said for only three percent of feral and stray cats; but scientists estimate that there
are equal numbers of stray and feral cats as pet cats in the U.S.”

The group urged its supporters in Chicago, Illinois and in the state of Florida to voice concerns to
local lawmakers over two separate bills that would impose fines on pet owners who do not have
their pets spayed or neutered.

“Mandatory spay/neuter laws do nothing to address the real issue—the severe lack of accessible,
affordable spay and neuter services for pet owners, stray and feral cat caregivers, and animal
pounds and shelters in the community,” said Robinson. “Instead, these laws divert public resources
away from beneficial programs and into administering an unenforceable law.”

“Instead of wasting money on enforcement of an ineffective law, resources would be better
directed to neutering the stray and feral cat population,” said Robinson. She noted that Alley Cat
Allies has been tracking the issue across the country and mobilizing supporters to oppose any new
mandatory/spay neuter laws.

For more information on why mandatory spay/neuter laws do not work—and why accessible and
affordable spay/neuter is so important—visit


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