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Press Release

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


Program seeks to expand humane care for feral cats throughout Big Easy

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, announced
that it has chosen New Orleans, LA for its “Every Kitty—Every City” program.

Every Kitty—Every City seeks to raise awareness about the importance of humane care for feral
cats and expand the accessibility of affordable spay and neuter services for all cats throughout the
city. New Orleans will join Atlantic City, Baltimore, metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Chicago
in the program.

Feral cats have lived their entire lives outside in family groups called colonies. They are not
socialized to people, so they can’t be adopted. They exist all over the country, in every landscape –
urban, suburban or rural.

“Alley Cat Allies has a long history in New Orleans, and we are delighted to expand our work in
this great city on a more formal basis,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, which
was awarded the Goodwill Key to the City of New Orleans in August 2008 for its animal-rescue
efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Through the Every Kitty—Every City program, Alley Cat Allies seeks to provide individuals and
groups in the community with the tools needed to continue and expand programs like Trap-Neuter-
Return, in which feral cats are humanely trapped, neutered and vaccinated and returned to their
colonies to live out their lives without the stresses of mating behavior and pregnancy. Trap-
Neuter-Return stops the breeding cycle and ends behaviors associated with mating, like yowling,
roaming and fighting, making the cats better neighbors. Alley Cat Allies are the world-recognized
experts on Trap-Neuter-Return.

“Trap-Neuter-Return is an effective, humane program,’” said Robinson. “Concerned individuals
and volunteer groups across the country practice it, and many cities actively support these efforts.
They have discovered that adopting a humane approach to feral cats is a win-win for the cats and
their citizens.”

As part of the program, Alley Cat Allies assists community volunteers, local groups, and private
shelters that are already practicing Trap-Neuter-Return or are starting a new program; and sponsors
monthly workshops, open to the public, for advice and instruction. It also recruits and helps train
local veterinarians on high-volume, low-cost techniques that will increase the availability of
affordable spay and neuter and vaccination services for cats.

More information about Every Kitty – Every City can be found at


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