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Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit will arm you with the basics in citizen lobbying and prepare you to advocate for humane policies for cats.

Advocating for Cats

You are the cats’ most powerful advocate in your own community. Your legislative representatives make decisions that affect the lives of cats living in your community, and they need to hear from you and other community members who support humane policies for cats.

In some cities and counties, compassionate citizens defend their right to perform Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats, also called community cats. In others, people have to urge their officials to reject proposed laws that would send many community cats to animal pounds and shelters where they would be “euthanized.” You must urge your representatives to support policies that benefit cats—and prevent damaging laws from passing.

Advocating for cats may seem like a daunting task—but this toolkit will prepare you to speak out about the laws and policies that affect cats, and to rally your community to do the same. Improving community policies and ordinances will ultimately give all cats a greater level of protection than a TNR organization, feline rescue group, or individual can provide alone.

Alley Cat Allies is here to help you effect meaningful change and become an advocate for cats.

1. Educate Yourself

  • What is Happening in Your Community?
  • How Ordinances and Policies Affect Cats
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law

2. Make an Impact

  • Send Emails or Letters to Legislators
  • Face to Face: Schedule a Meeting
  • Speak Out! Public Speaking and Testimony

3. Grow the Cause

  • Organize Your Community
  • Reach Out

4. Make Your Voice Heard

  • Take it to the Media
  • What to Say: Talking Points
  • Responding to Opponents

5. Resources

  • Sample Letters to Legislators
  • Sample Action Alert
  • Sample Public Testimony
  • Sample Letter to the Editor

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