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3. Grow the Cause

Organize Your Community

Your legislators must get a sense that many people in the community want humane policies for cats. There is great political strength in our standing together—with one voice—to say that we need policies that protect the lives of cats.

Start out by networking with other people who have done similar campaigns or other undertakings. Check out our Feral Friends Network to find and network with other groups and people in your area.

You might also approach leaders of other local community groups that do not focus on animal issues and ask them about the best ways to get things done in your community. They may also be able to help you set up appointments with the decision makers who you will need to meet with to effect change in your area.

You might even consider starting your own organization. Organizing as a group provides shared resources, a safety net for both cats and caregivers, and a protected legal identity. Learn more about starting your own organization.

Please refer to Alley Cat Allies’ Organizing Your Community for Strategic Change for Cats guide for a more in-depth look at grassroots organizing.

Reach Out

After you’ve sent your own email or letter to your legislator, reach out to like-minded residents who are also constituents of the legislator to ask them to join you in taking action. Send out an “action alert,” an email asking others to take action.

Email your friends and family asking them to join you in taking action, and ask them to forward the email on to their own contacts. If you are already part of a local animal welfare organization, ask the organization to send an email to its supporters alerting them to the proposed legislation and asking them to contact their legislators.

Read our Organizing Your Community for Strategic Change for Cats guide for more information about action alerts.

See the Resources section of this toolkit for a sample email asking people to take action.

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