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Press Release

For Immediate Release: JANUARY 12, 2008
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

LOCAL VETERINARIANS TRAIN TO HELP IN EFFORT TO MANAGE CAT POPULATION IN BALTIMORE
Alley Cat Allies, Maryland SPCA Educate Communities about Importance of Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

BALTIMORE — Alley Cat Allies and the Maryland SPCA will hold a full-day, hands-on laboratory training session for local veterinarians on Saturday, January 12 to teach them the latest spay/neuter procedures for cats so that low-income pet owners and stray and feral cat caregivers in Baltimore may more easily access these critically needed services.

Currently, spay/neuter can be costly and not easily accessible in Baltimore, especially for caregivers of outdoor cats. Spaying and neutering is important because it stops new kittens from being born and ends behaviors often associated with outdoor cats, such as yowling and fighting.

The Maryland SPCA and Alley Cat Allies have teamed with the Humane Alliance of Asheville, N.C., who are pioneers in a method called high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter. Speedier than the traditional procedure, high-volume spay/neuter allows more cats to be altered at a lower cost while still maintaining the superior quality available at ordinary veterinary offices. Vets training with the Humane Alliance at the Jan. 12 session plan to alter 90 cats in 8 hours.

Alley Cat Allies and the Maryland SPCA, along with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and the Maryland Feline Society, have been offering public education on the importance of spay/neuter to Baltimore residents and city officials since last year. The groups were instrumental in the recent passage of a city ordinance that will make it easier for feral cat caregivers to continue their work to help outdoor cats in Baltimore.

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WHO: Local veterinarians, along with Alley Cat Allies, the MD SPCA and the Humane Alliance
WHAT: Vet-training session on high quality, low-cost spay/neuter
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Jan. 12, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore (Hampden)
INFORMATION: Media only, please. Interviews with Alley Cat Allies, MD SPCA and Humane Alliance officials available. B-roll package of TV-friendly footage also available.
CONTACT: Francie Israeli, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-577-9545
Jessica Frohman, jfrohman@alleycat.org or 240-482-1988

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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.