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Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 29, 2007
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134


Winchester, VA  – Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, last night addressed students of Shenandoah University, where she called on young adults who care about animal rights to help educate their peers about the need to overhaul the nation’s animal control policies, which largely rely on unnecessary killing.

“Today’s college students have the opportunity to be the generation that finally ends the obsolete and ineffective animal control policies that rely on ‘catch and kill,’ and replaces them with compassionate programs that really work,” said Robinson, in a presentation to members of a new student group on animal and human rights at Shenandoah University, called SOAR HIGHER @ SU.

Robinson, who co-founded Alley Cat Allies nearly two decades ago as the only national organization devoted to stray and feral cats, noted that most Americans don’t agree with lethal animal control. A recent national survey commissioned by Alley Cat Allies and conducted by Harris found that 81 percent of Americans believe leaving a stray cat outside to live out his life is more humane than having the cat caught and killed.

“Most Americans would probably be shocked to learn that more cats in this country are intentionally killed in shelters than die from any other documented cause,” said Robinson. “What makes this more tragic is that we have long known about innovative, non-lethal programs like Trap-Neuter-Return and low-cost, high volume spay/neuter, which are truly effective, far more humane and much less expensive than ‘catch and kill.’”

Robinson urged Shenandoah students who volunteer with shelters or with local animal control to help launch Trap-Neuter-Return and spay/neuter programs in those facilities. She also presented a contribution of Alley Cat Allies materials, videos and publications for the group’s library.

Robinson said too many people fail to understand that handing feral or stray cats over to animal control means an immediate death sentence. “We need to change the system. It isn’t working, and it doesn’t reflect our values as a society,” she said.


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