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  1. Keeping Spay/Neuter Clinic Doors Open in Alabama

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    alabama_action_sidebar**UPDATE: There is less than two weeks left for the Alabama Senate to conduct business in 2014. If the Senate is going to approve the Spay/Neuter Protection Act, it must do so soon. Take Action TODAY!**

    An Alabama bill that will protect spay/neuter clinics has now passed the state’s House of Representatives, and is poised for a full vote by Alabama’s Senate. Thank you to everyone in Alabama who took action to support this bill!

    The bill, the Veterinary Practice Act, will allow the state’s critical spay/neuter clinics to continue providing lifesaving services for cats and dogs. Alabama has four spay/neuter clinics that provide much-needed services including high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter procedures and basic wellness services like vaccinations and deworming. It’s critical that these clinics keep their doors open. The services are performed by licensed, experienced veterinarians who have the animals’ best interests in mind. Together, these clinics spay or neuter more than 10,000 cats and dogs each year.

    In the last few years, a state board has unfairly—and for no good reason—tried to shut these clinics down. The Veterinary Practice Act would make it clear that these important clinics, which often serve low-income and underserved communities, have the right to stay open.

    Alabama residents: Please contact your State Senator and respectfully ask him or her to support the Veterinary Practice Act, HB 141.

    Not in Alabama? Learn how you can protect the lives of cats in your community.

  2. Spay Days for Forth Worth, Texas

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    Alley Cat Allies and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection are celebrating the new feral cat ordinance passed by the Fort Worth City Council by hosting two spay days in January 2013.

    In August 2012, code enforcement officials in Fort Worth, Texas, proposed an ordinance that would have placed heavy fines and restrictions on caring citizens doing TNR for feral cats. Alley Cat Allies stepped in to point out the flaws in this proposal and lobby for an ordinance that encouraged TNR and cat caregivers. After months of organizing, educating, and traveling across the country to meet with stakeholders, we prevailed; in November 2012, the Fort Worth City Council reversed their course and unanimously passed a law more supportive of TNR.

    Feral cats brought in by Fort Worth residents for the Spay Days will be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped free of charge.

    Get details about Fort Worth Spay Days in January.
    Learn how to build Trap- Neuter-Return capacity in your community.

  3. Spay Days for Forth Worth, Texas

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    Alley Cat Allies and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection are celebrating the new feral cat ordinance passed by the Fort Worth City Council by hosting two spay days in January 2013.

    In August 2012, code enforcement officials in Fort Worth, Texas, proposed an ordinance that would have placed heavy fines and restrictions on caring citizens doing TNR for feral cats. Alley Cat Allies stepped in to point out the flaws in this proposal and lobby for an ordinance that encouraged TNR and cat caregivers. After months of organizing, educating, and traveling across the country to meet with stakeholders, we prevailed; in November 2012, the Fort Worth City Council reversed their course and unanimously passed a law more supportive of TNR.

    Feral cats brought in by Fort Worth residents for the Spay Days will be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped free of charge.

    Get details about Fort Worth Spay Days in January.
    Learn how to build Trap- Neuter-Return capacity in your community.

  4. Fort Worth, Texas Residents: Speak Up for Cats Today

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    On Monday, November 12, the Fort Worth City Council will again consider a Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance that will affect the right to care for feral cats.

    Over and over, code enforcement officials have proposed an ordinance that discourages people from doing TNR by imposing fines and penalties and interferes with caregivers’ privacy by requiring them to register to care for a colony of cats.

    We’ve submitted amendments to the proposal that will fix these problems and encourage TNR. If our changes are approved by the Council, cats and caregivers will be fully supposed and protected by law.

    Fort Worth residents, contact your city councilors today to tell them you support Alley Cat Allies’ amendments to the TNR ordinance.

    Fort Worth, TX Residents: Take Action!
    Not in Forth Worth? Learn how you can improve the lives of cats in your community.

  5. Miami-Dade, Florida Residents: Vote for Affordable Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Care

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    This Election Day, residents of Miami-Dade, Florida have a chance to make a difference for thousands of cats and dogs by voting for the Pets’ Trust Ballot Measure for affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care.

    This funding would pay for two new, affordable spay/neuter clinics that would neuter 60,000-80,000 animals each year and offer low-cost veterinary services. Affordable, accessible spay/neuter is crucial to successful Trap-Neuter-Return programs and to keeping cats out of shelters, where 7 out of every 10 cats entering are killed. Clinics like these save lives by preventing new litters of kittens and puppies and ensuring that everyone—low-income families, animal rescues, TNR groups—have access to spay/neuter surgeries for the animals for which they care.

    Miami-Dade, Florida residents—please think of your county’s animals and vote for the Pets’ Trust Ballot Measure.

  6. One Step Closer for Prince George County, Maryland’s Cats

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    This just in: The lifesaving bill introduced by Prince George’s County Council Member Mary Lehman to protect cats in Trap-Neuter-Return programs just unanimously passed the Transportation, Health and Environment Committee!

    Under Council Member Lehman’s proposed law, most eartipped cats trapped by animal control will be immediately returned to their home outdoors—not impounded in shelters where they could be killed.

    We are not done yet! This good bill will not become law unless it is approved by the full County Council. Stay tuned in November when we will need to take further action.

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  7. Cecil County, Maryland Residents: Speak Up Today to Protect Cats

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    A change in Cecil County’s Animal Care and Control ordinance has mistakenly put cats’ lives at risk. We need you to speak up to correct this error at tomorrow’s public hearing of the Cecil County Board of Commissioners.

    Until now, animal control left outdoor cats alone to live out their lives. But a new law—a mostly beneficial ordinance aimed at increasing transparency in animal control operations— mistakenly allowed animal control to impound cats simply for being outdoors. This mistake threatens all cats, pet and feral, that spend time outside. These cats could be impounded—and more than likely, killed—simply for living their lives. We’re supporting local Trap-Neuter-Return groups as they push for changes to the law that fix this mistake and allow them to continue caring for cats outdoors. But we need your help to get the commissioners’ attention.

    Cecil County, MD Residents: Take Action!
    Not in Cecil County, MD? Learn how you can improve the lives of cats in your community.

  8. Alabama Nonprofit Spay/Neuter Clinics Saved!

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    Today we’re celebrating with Alabama residents, veterinarians, and legislators who stood up to save their state’s nonprofit spay/neuter clinics.

    A proposed rule before the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners would have banned nonprofit groups from owning and operating spay/neuter clinics or veterinary equipment, and also would have prevented veterinarians from working with such groups.

    We responded with a proactive campaign that involved organizing thousands of phone calls to veterinarians around the state asking where they stood on the new rules, putting their answers online, and mobilizing Alabamans to take action.

    After hearing overwhelming support for the clinics and opposition to the rule from these advocates, the board unanimously voted down the proposal.

    Read the Press Release.