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Press Release

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

ALLEY CAT ALLIES OBJECTS TO RELOCATION OF FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE CATS 
Trap-Neuter-Return Program Should be Reestablished 

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today reaffirmed its objection to a plan to relocate cats living on the Fishermen’s Village property, noting that local supporters had also rallied to oppose the plan.

This week, supporters of Alley Cat Allies in Florida sent 1,470 emails to Fishermen’s Village management, the executive director of EARS Animal Sanctuary, and Charlotte County Commissioner Bob Starr asking that the relocation plan be abandoned and that they reestablish the Trap-Neuter-Return program.

“These cats have lived at the Fishermen’s Village for over a decade,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Relocation is a complicated procedure that should only be carried out in dire circumstances—when the cats’ lives are in imminent danger.”

Fishermen’s Village had agreed to a Trap-Neuter-Return program a year ago and was working with local groups to carry it out. Alley Cat Allies has offered to assist Fishermen’s Village by reevaluating the Trap-Neuter Return program to ensure it addresses all of their concerns. Local groups have offered continued services, including covering spay/neuter costs for the cats.

It is reported that Fishermen’s Village management is paying $70 per cat removed from the property—many are cats who have already been neutered at the expense of other groups.

“Fishermen’s Village has not exhausted its options for a humane plan where the cats can coexist with businesses and visitors,” Robinson said.

To learn more, or to take action, visit www.alleycat.org/ActionCenter.

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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.