For Immediate Release: October 1, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, email@example.com or 202-207-1134
ALLEY CAT ALLIES MARKS ‘NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY’ WITH SPAY/NEUTER FUNDS FOR NEW ORLEANS
Neuter Scooter Campaign Receives $10,000 for Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services in October
BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, announced it has granted $10,000 to Neuter Scooter, a project of SpayMart of Greater New Orleans and Feline Alliance, a group of shelters and animal protection agencies promoting the campaign, to offer low-cost spay/neuter services for feral and stray cats during the entire month of October.
The gift is one of many ways Alley Cat Allies is marking the 10th anniversary of National Feral Cat Day on October 16, said Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies’ president.
“Americans want compassionate programs for feral and stray cats, and accessible, low-cost spay/neuter is critical to that,” Robinson said. “We are thrilled to support the citizens of New Orleans in their efforts to provide these spay/neuter services as part of local Trap-Neuter-Return programs.”
Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane program that improves the lives of feral cats by ending the breeding cycle. The cats no longer undergo the stresses associated with mating and pregnancy and the population stabilizes because there are no new kittens. Many cities across the U.S., including New Orleans, have embraced the program.
The Neuter Scooter Campaign was launched in 1999 by SpayMart, a nonprofit humane organization in New Orleans. The annual campaign has neutered 3,500 feral and stray cats since its first year. Other groups involved include the Louisiana SPCA, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Friends of the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter and the Plaquemines Parish Animal Control.
As part of Neuter Scooter, neuter services for feral and stray cats will be provided for a $10 co-pay (per cat) during the month of October. Ten clinics in the area are participating. (For more information, see www.NeuterScooter2010.net.)
Alley Cat Allies has a long history working in New Orleans, Robinson noted. In 2008, the organization was awarded the Goodwill Key to the City of New Orleans for its animal rescue work following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The same year, New Orleans was named to Alley Cat Allies’ Every Kitty-Every City program, which supports humane education and outreach efforts for feral cat caregivers and community residents.
For more information about National Feral Cat Day, visit www.alleycat.org/NFCD.
For more information about Neuter Scooter, visit www.NeuterScooter2010.net.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is www.alleycat.org.