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Press Release

For Immediate Release: FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134


Notes that college campuses across the country successfully using Trap-Neuter-Return

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today urged
Mills College of Oakland, CA to adopt a humane approach for the campus’ population of feral cats
as a permanent policy, including Trap-Neuter-Return and managed colony care. Alley Cat Allies
noted that colleges and universities across the U.S. are actively employing Trap-Neuter-Return
programs to ensure that cats and people share the campus harmoniously.

“We are encouraged by reports that Mills College is seriously considering adopting a wellorganized
Trap-Neuter-Return program,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

“As many college campuses have already discovered, policies like catch and kill, feeding bans and
colony relocation are not only cruel – they don’t achieve the desired goals,” said Robinson. “New
cats simply move in and take the place of the cats who were there before. This is a documented
phenomenon called the ‘vacuum effect.’”

Robinson noted that Alley Cat Allies has worked with colleges and universities nationwide to
coordinate campus Trap-Neuter-Return programs for feral cats through its Campus Cats program.
Information on the program is available at:

Feral cats are not socialized to people and are not adoptable. They live and bond with other cats in
social groups called colonies, and exist all over the country in every landscape – urban, suburban
and rural. Studies show they are just as healthy as pet cats.

With Trap-Neuter-Return, feral cats are humanely trapped by volunteers and taken to a veterinary
clinic to be neutered, vaccinated and “ear-tipped” (to identify the cats as part of a managed colony).

Trap-Neuter-Return improves the cats’ lives by ending the breeding cycle and the mating behaviors
associated with it, including roaming, yowling and fighting. Other aspects of a managed colony
program – including constructing simple shelters and keeping to a regular feeding schedule – also
discourage roaming and keep the cats out of areas they are not wanted.


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