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Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 28, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580

Alley Cat Allies Announces Trap-Neuter-Return Program for Cats in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Organization will host TNR workshop, post signs at boardwalk next week; Community was hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for cats, will on Tuesday co-host a workshop in Seaside Heights, N.J. to educate residents about Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats living at the boardwalk. The Seaside Heights community was particularly hard-hit when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the city almost exactly a year ago. The workshop, and four signs that will go up on the boardwalk to educate visitors about outdoor cats, are part of a new TNR program for Seaside Heights modeled along the lines of Alley Cat Allies’ highly successful Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project.

After Hurricane Sandy, emergency response teams going in to feed animals observed many outdoor cats at the Seaside Heights boardwalk and requested Alley Cat Allies to help conduct TNR.

“These animals have lived on the boardwalk all their lives—this is their home,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “The workshop and signs are just the beginning. We hope to recruit local volunteers to help conduct TNR and we will ensure that all of the boardwalk cats go on to lead content, healthy lives in their outdoor homes.”

There are about four dozen cats who now live at the boardwalk. Cats who undergo TNR are humanely trapped, transported to a veterinarian where they are neutered, vaccinated and eartipped for identification, and then returned to their colonies. Because no more kittens are born, the population of cats stabilizes immediately and then drops over time.

“The amazing success of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project shows just how well TNR works,” said Aileen Walden, interim director of Community Programs and Support for Alley Cat Allies. “That program has stabilized and reduced the population of cats and today the boardwalk cats of Atlantic City are a major tourist attraction. We look forward to supporting Seaside Heights achieve the same success.”

In 2000, animal control authorities in Atlantic City were about to kill 200 cats living on the boardwalk when Alley Cat Allies stepped in with its TNR program that has continued over the years. The multiple colonies at the Atlantic City boardwalk are now monitored and fed by Alley Cat Allies volunteers and staff and they draw visitors and admirers from all over the country.

In Seaside Heights, Alley Cat Allies will partner with a local organization, Seaside Heights Animal Welfare Group, to conduct the TNR program. The workshop will be held Sept. 10 at 6.30 p.m. at the Seaside Heights Community Center at 1000 Bay Boulevard, Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

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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 nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their website is www.alleycat.org.