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Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2007
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

Alley Cat Allies Announces National Cat Advocacy Seminar in Washington, DC & Chance to Win Free Registration & Hotel

(Bethesda, MD) July 9, 2007 – Alley Cat Allies has announced the 2007 National Cat Advocacy Seminar to be
held in Washington DC on October 12 and 13, 2007. Join Alley Cat Allies, the nationally recognized experts on
improving the lives of outdoor cats to learn how you can unite and mobilize to make nonlethal policies and
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the norm.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has been used in the United States for two decades. Millions of cats have been
helped by private citizens. Yet, the largest documented cause of cat deaths in the United States is by our animal
shelters and facilities where more than 7 out of 10 cats – owned, stray, and feral – are intentionally killed.
This seminar will cover topics from the best methods of feral cat care to learning how the law supports our
goals to reforming animal control policy.

  • Unraveling complex and conflicting animal ordinances
  • Conflict resolution and mediation to protect cats
  • Changing the government’s perception of caregivers
  • New and successful TNR programs carried out by animal control
  • Humane education is essential to TNR
  • Learn how you and your vet can increase the number of cats you help
  • Veterinary protocol: what do feral cats need?
  • Researching how your government and animal control operates

The seminar will focus on how to understand ordinances, effectively communicate your message to animal
control agencies and elected officials, and develop a TNR program that serves both the cats and the people.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
ACA’s Cat Advocacy Seminar is designed for feral cat advocates, shelter employees and volunteers, rescuers,
and all others who want to change our country’s animal control system and improve the lives of domestic cats.
Through grassroots efforts, the feral cat movement has grown into a powerful force that elected officials
recognize. But the truth is, our efforts can never fully succeed without bringing government into the process.

DATES & AGENDA:
Friday, October 12, 2007
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Colony Management Workshop (for beginners)
4:30 p.m. Early Registration
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception—Meet and Greet the Experts and Attendees

Saturday, October 13, 2007
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. National Cat Advocacy Seminar

REGISTRATION & FEE:
$55.00 (Lunch included)
Early Registration: $35.00 (ends August 17)

LOCATION:
Embassy Suites Alexandria – Old Town
1900 Diagonal Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22314

INFORMATION:
For more information on speakers, the program, and location please visit: www.alleycat.org/va-seminar.html
Call (240) 482-1980.

WIN FREE REGISTRATION AND HOTEL!
Have you used Alley Cat Allies’ materials (videos, books, brochures, etc.) to advocate for feral cats in your
community? Whether you changed the mind of one neighbor or helped start a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
program, we want to know how you used our educational materials to make a difference. The authors of the two
best essays (limit 300 words) will receive free registration to the Mid-Atlantic Cat Advocacy Seminar in
October 2007 and hotel accommodations for two nights.

Send your essays to alleycat@alleycat.org. Deadline is August 12, 2007.

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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.