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Press Release

For Immediate Release: MARCH 14, 2008
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

MEADOWS OF CHANTILLY ACCEPTS OFFER BY ALLEY CAT ALLIES TO HUMANELY MANAGE PROPERTY’S OUTDOOR CATS
Alley Cat Allies to Continue to Provide Spay/Neuter, Cat Deterrents and Other Assistance

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today announced an agreement with Equity LifeStyle Properties, owners of the Meadows of Chantilly property in Fairfax County, Va., that will allow for humane management of the dozens of outdoor cats that live on the property.

Under the plan agreed to by the management company, Alley Cat Allies will trap all remaining unaltered cats and provide no-cost spay or neuter and vaccination; assist with finding foster or permanent homes for all tame, free-roaming kittens and cats who live at the Meadows; distribute and install products that are proven to humanely deter outdoor cats; and provide ongoing education to residents on how outdoor cats and people can peacefully co-exist.

A special task force of Alley Cat Allies will visit the Meadows on Thursday to explain the details of the plan to residents and collect information about which homes will have cat deterrents installed, including CatStop, a product that emits ultrasonic waves that are not audible to humans, as well as non-toxic powders, sprays and gardening materials that discourage cats from digging in flowerbeds.

“We are delighted that Equity LifeStyle Properties has agreed to spare the lives of the Meadows cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Since the plan to trap and kill the cats was first announced, we received hundreds of phone calls and letters from outraged citizens deploring the plan. Residents have told us they consider the cats part of the community, and were greatly distressed at the possibility they could be rounded up and killed.”

Under the program championed by Alley Cat Allies at the Meadows – called Trap-Neuter-Return –
cats are humanely trapped, altered and vaccinated, and returned to their colony. Trap-Neuter-Return ends the cycle of breeding and stops common behaviors often associated with outdoor cats, such as roaming, fighting and yowling.

As Alley Cat Allies explained to Equity LifeStyle Properties, Trap-Neuter-Return is the only method proven to stabilize and then reduce the population outdoor cats over time through attrition.

“Simply removing the cats will only make room for new, unaltered cats to move in and breed prolifically,” said Robinson. “Spaying and neutering is the best, most effective and most humane option for outdoor cats. Trap-Neuter-Return needs time to work – but it is working. If it wasn’t, the Meadows would be overrun with kittens.”

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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.