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  1. Alley Cat Allies Conference Spotlights the Strength of the Movement

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    We’ve always known that it’s possible to make communities safe places for cats—but our Architects of Change for Cats National Conference last November showed us that we’re on the road to seeing that vision become a reality. More than two dozen expert speakers and more than 350 attendees convened to discuss how they can build an even stronger movement to save the lives of cats.

    Everyone wants a photo with Frank the Feral! Alley Cat Allies president Becky Robinson and John Fulton join in.

    Everyone wants a photo with Frank the Feral! Alley Cat Allies president Becky Robinson and John Fulton join in.

    During the three-day conference, shelter and animal control directors, and leading veterinary medicine and advocacy experts in the movement shared their Trap-Neuter-Return success stories with enthusiastic attendees and discussed how people can advocate for better policies for cats in their own communities. The unmistakably powerful themes of building partnerships, being creative and open-minded, and increasing visibility for the movement to protect cats resonated throughout the weekend. And the conference’s unique networking opportunities gave rise to new relationships that will continue to strengthen the movement. Animal control officers in full uniform sat down with outdoor cat caregivers and veterinarians and explored how they can work together to change how their communities treat outdoor cats.

    There is still much more work to be done—but this dynamic, groundbreaking conference demonstrated that cats have many dedicated, resourceful advocates who will keep the momentum going until every community is a safe place for cats to live.

    This conference would never have happened without you. Your loyal support over the years allowed Alley Cat Allies to foster this powerful movement for cats.

  2. Alley Cat Allies National Conference Highlights Slideshow

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    More than 350 cat lovers from 37 states—and two other countries—spent last weekend learning how to build safe communities for cats at our Architects of Change for Cats National Conference near Washington, D.C. The attendance and success stories shared at this monumental three-day conference are more proof that we’ve reached a tipping point in the movement to protect cats. Check out our conference slideshow to see just a few of our conference highlights.

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  3. Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference Spotlights Growing Movement to Protect Cats

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    More than 350 attendees from 37 states convened November 8-10 in Arlington, VA for our Architects of Change for Cat Conference to hear experts and leaders from across the nation discuss the keys to success in implementing humane programs for community cats.

    Our first national conference shows that, 23 years after Alley Cat Allies was founded in a Washington, D.C. alleyway, the movement to save cats’ lives is stronger than ever.

    More than two dozen animal control officers, shelter leaders and feral cat advocates shared their major successes in abolishing the failed “catch and kill” for feral cats—cats who are not socialized to people and can’t be adopted into homes—and embracing Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR, a program in which cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated for rabies at a local veterinary clinic, and returned to their outdoor homes.

    Speakers noted that TNR has been demonstrably effective in stabilizing and reducing the population of feral cats in their communities, and it has provided enormous cost savings to taxpayers because fewer healthy animals are entering shelters and being killed there.

    As President Becky Robinson said in her opening remarks on Saturday, “Trap-Neuter-Return has officially moved into the mainstream. More than 350 local governments across the country support it, and increasing numbers of animal pounds and shelters are seeing that it works. But there is still much more work to be done.”

    Read the press release.

  4. Behind the Scenes of our National Conference Preparations

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    Alley Cat Allies staff have been working extra hard to bring our Architects of Change for Cats conference to you this weekend. We wanted to give you a sneak preview to some of the goodies that await!

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    We can’t wait to see you at the conference. If you can’t be there in person, be sure to join us online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  5. Alley Cat Allies President Becky Robinson Talks About the Increasing Popularity of Cats and Trap-Neuter-Return on the Huffington Post

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    111_latestnews_webIn a new Huffington Post blog post, Alley Cat Allies President Becky Robinson talks about how many Americans love and care for cats—and how many communities have changed their approach to cats to better align with community values. Animal control agencies across the country are dropping the old method of catching and killing feral cats, and instead supporting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). In addition to being humane, TNR is the only method that effectively addresses feral cat populations.

    Within just the past decade, the number of municipalities with ordinances supporting TNR has increased tenfold. And as a result, other communities want to learn how they can implement this humane program. That’s why Alley Cat Allies is hosting our National Conference: Architects of Change for Cats next week, Nov. 8 – 10, in Arlington, Va.

    Read Becky Robinson’s new blog post on the Huffington Post.

    Learn more about our National Conference and register.

  6. Call for Conference Volunteers!

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    Alley Cat Allies is looking for volunteers for our upcoming National Conference, Architects of Change for Cats. Volunteers are needed Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 in Arlington, Va.

    Volunteer for a four hour shift and receive a complimentary one-day pass to attend sessions for the rest of the day! Food will be included. Find out more about the conference and schedule here.

    If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us at conference@alleycat.org.

  7. Meet Alley Cat Allies’ Becky Robinson, Will Gomaa, and Amanda Novotny at our National Conference Next Month!

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    Conference_Speakers_ShareGraphic_403x403_ACAStaffAlley Cat Allies’ National Conference schedule is packed with speakers travelling hundreds or even thousands of miles to share their expertise with you. But the lineup also includes many of our very own experts. Here are just a few of Alley Cat Allies’ experts who are looking forward to equipping attendees with the tools they need to build safe communities for cats!

    Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies’ President and Co-Founder, will lead a plenary talk on the history of the movement, where Alley Cat Allies has been, and the next phase in building a safe world for cats. Her talk will touch on the various “blueprints” for creating positive change, and how everyone from individuals to national organizations has put these plans and programs in place to make real, lasting changes in how communities understand—and care for—cats.

    Will Gomaa, Alley Cat Allies’ Associate Director of Law & Policy, will speak about how to expand humane approaches for cats in your own community and will explain how ordinances and policies can help—or hurt—feral cats. You’ll leave armed with practical tools and ready-to-implement guides to rally your community for change and work with local officials to promote humane policies.

    Amanda Novotny, Alley Cat Allies’ Special Projects Manager, has led countless hands-on Trap-Neuter-Return efforts and taught hundreds of people how to implement TNR in their communities. Amanda will speak about how TNR workshops can help create community-wide support for TNR and sustainable change for cats.

    Learn more about the conference at http://www.alleycat.org/Conference
    Register today!

  8. Meet Mike Arms at Our National Conference

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    Conference_Speakers_ShareGraphic_403x403_MikeArmsOur Architects of Change for Cats National Conference, taking place November 8-10 in Arlington, Va., will be led by national leaders in the movement to make communities safe places for cats. Meet one of those leaders: Mike Arms, animal welfare pioneer and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center.

    Since his arrival at Helen Woodward Animal Center in 1999, the shelter has grown dramatically and is now an agent for change for the entire animal welfare world. As a result of his innovation and determination, adoptions have leapt to record levels, the education program has expanded, and the therapeutic programs now reach tens of thousands of people each year. Mike and his team lead workshops around the world to teach shelter professionals and others how to adopt effective and humane practices to save more lives.

    We’re thrilled that Mike will bring his expertise and experience to our conference to inspire positive change in even more communities and shelters.

    Learn more about our conference session topics and descriptions.
    Register for Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference.

  9. John Fulton Dishes on All Things Feline in Exclusive Interview

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    Have you ever wondered what a band of cats would sound like? And what their hit single would be called? Well, you’ll find out in this new interview with John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats!

    John Fulton is a special guest at Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference: Architects of Change for Cats this November near Washington, D.C.

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    Meet John at Alley Cat Allies National Conference.