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Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2007
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES APPLAUDS BAY AREA WINNER OF “ANIMAL PLANET” CAT HERO AWARD 

BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the national organization dedicated to advocating for stray and feral cats, today described the San Francisco Bay Area’s Cimeron Morrissey, winner of Animal Planet’s “Cat Hero of the Year” award, as an inspiration to all Americans.

“We congratulate Cimeron and everyone who worked with her to make Project Bay Cat such an outstanding success,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, of which Morrissey is an active supporter. “They advanced the feral cat movement overall by demonstrating that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a practical, community-friendly program and by showcasing the commitment of volunteers nationwide who are helping millions of stray and feral cats.”

Project Bay Cat, which was founded by Morrissey, is a unique collaboration between Foster City, the Homeless Cat Network and Sequoia Audubon Society to humanely manage the population of feral cats living among the rocks along Foster City’s popular Bay Trail, while also protecting the local bird habitat. The project has stabilized the feral cat population through spay/neuter and adoption programs, with the cooperation of local veterinarians.

Robinson also congratulated the other nominees for the Animal Planet award. “We are proud of all of them,” she said. “They represent the humanity and goodness that inspires all who work to protect and advocate for respect and humane treatment of all cats, whether pet or feral.”

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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.