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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2011
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or (202) 207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES GRANTS $20,000 IN FERAL CAT SPAY/NEUTER FUNDS FOR NEW ORLEANS
Louisiana SPCA and Southern Animal Foundation to Provide Fully Subsidized Neuter Services for Feral Cats

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Alley Cat Allies announced a grant of $20,000 to Louisiana SPCA and Southern Animal Foundation to offer fully subsidized spay/neuter services for feral and stray cats in Greater New Orleans.

“Americans want compassionate programs for feral and stray cats, and accessible spay/neuter is critical to that,” said Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies’ president. “We are thrilled to support these organizations in their effort to aid New Orleans residents who are carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return.”

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.

Both Louisiana SPCA and Southern Animal Foundation will hold monthly “Helping Community Cats” Workshops to inform the public about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return. The workshops will educate community members with step-by-step direction on how to humanely trap outdoor cats and how to deter cats from gardens and areas where they are not wanted. For a calendar listing of workshops, visit www.alleycat.org/Events.

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 protection efforts 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 visit www.alleycat.org/NOLA.

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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.