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Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2011
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, or (202) 240-1985; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or (202) 207-1134

Community Meeting on Thursday; Local media invited

MONESSEN, PA — Alley Cat Allies, the cats’ leading advocate, will join citizens of Monessen and local animal protection groups at a Community Meeting on Thursday, July 14.

“Monessen’s citizens want humane policies and solutions for cats. We are here to help and to provide direct support to the cats and their caregivers,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

The meeting is part of a grassroots organizing effort to rally like-minded citizens and establish humane approaches for the cats of Monessen. In March, the city hired a private trapper to trap outdoor cats and bring them to a local shelter to be immediately killed. The trapping, which was carried out with no prior notice to town residents, resulted in the deaths of dozens of cats. Many of the cats’ caregivers did not discover their fates for nearly a week following the trapping.

WHO: Alley Cat Allies, local humane groups, and Monessen residents
WHAT: Community Meeting about Monessen’s cats
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 216 3rd Street Monessen, PA 15062
CONTACT: Alley Cat Allies’ spokespeople are available for interview. Contact Alison Grasheim to arrange. (240) 482-1985 or  


About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 260,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is