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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

OCTOBER 16 IS NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY
Cat Lovers: “Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve” with New Alley Cat Allies T-Shirt

BETHESDA – Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, is asking cat lovers to “wear their heart on their sleeve” this National Feral Cat Day (October 16) with an “I Heart Feral Cats” T-shirt from Alley Cat Allies.

The T-shirt gives cat lovers everywhere an opportunity to demonstrate support for the protection of feral cats and for Trap-Neuter-Return programs in their community. It is made from organic cotton and is sweatshop-free, and can be ordered online at www.alleycat.org/NFCD.

“People who help feral cats may not realize that they are actually part of a national movement. Hundreds of thousands of Americans reach into their hearts and wallets every day to care for and protect cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “National Feral Cat Day is the perfect opportunity to make our voices heard.”

Robinson noted that feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable. There are more than 250 local nonprofit organizations across the country dedicated to helping feral cats. These groups volunteer their time to carry out Trap-Neuter-Return, the best and most effective way to care for feral cats.

Many cities have also recognized the benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return and have adopted the program as official feral cat policy, including Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC.

“Feral cats greatly benefit from being neutered, just like pet cats,” said Robinson. “Trap-Neuter- Return helps feral cats lead better and healthier lives. Cats no longer undergo the strains of mating and pregnancy, and the program humanely stabilizes the population by ending the breeding cycle.”

For more information about National Feral Cat Day and to order the organic cotton T-shirt to show your support for feral cats, visit www.alleycat.org/NFCD.

High resolution photos available for download at www.alleycat.org/IHeartFeralCats, or by emailing media@alleycat.org.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.