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Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES’ “OFFICE DOGS” LEND A PAW TO THEIR FELINE FRIENDS – CELEBRATING TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY EVERYDAY
Work “pro-bone-o” to help raise awareness of stray and feral cat issues

BETHESDA, MD — June 25 is Take Your Dog to Work Day, but at Alley Cat Allies’ downtown Bethesda office, visitors are greeted at the door every day by two pleasant pooches. Locksley and Stackhouse spend their days with the six permanent resident felines and 20 human staff members who work diligently to advocate on behalf of stray and feral cats nationwide.

Locksley, a three-year-old mutt, was adopted by web associate June Matics from a local shelter in 2008. He has been coming to the office on a regular basis for nearly a year. The original Alley Cat Allies K-9 cat advocate, Locksley even authors his own blog (www.locksleydog.com) which regularly covers stray and feral cat issues.

Stackhouse, a nine-year-old English black lab, joined the day-to-day at Alley Cat Allies in January 2010, when he was adopted from a local lab rescue by communications manager Elizabeth Parowski. “He’s probably only missed five or six days of work since he was adopted,” said Parowski. “He absolutely loves coming into the office every day.”

But these office dogs are no slouches: both make regular appearances on Alley Cat Allies’ Facebook photo series of Office LOLcats (www.facebook.com/AlleyCatAllies) and each have their own Facebook profile page to detail their work days. They even have their own T-shirts and mugs for sale (www.cafepress.com/Official_ACA) —proceeds benefiting Alley Cat Allies.

Alley Cat Allies has even made accommodations for the dogs, including a cat door built into the kitchen — where the office cats are fed — to keep puppy paws off the grub, and plenty of dog beds, toys and treats to go around.

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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.