Alley Cat Allies is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats.

We work toward a world where every cat is valued and protected and every community and shelter has policies and programs to save their lives.

Our Story

When it comes to cat advocacy, Alley Cat Allies is working in communities to champion low-cost spay and neuter policies and programs, as well as lifesaving Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR). Once viewed as radical new concepts, these humane cat protocols are now mainstream. But we still have a lot of work to do to ensure policies and programs in every community serve the best interests of cats.

We are a resource for tens of thousands of dedicated cat caregivers, advocates, nonprofit groups, and volunteers driving change and accelerating protection for millions of cats worldwide.

Our Work

We have more than 650,000 supporters across the nation and around the world. Together with our team of cat experts, grassroots organizers, attorneys, and researchers, Alley Cat Allies pursues three main goals:

Reforming Public Policies About Cats

Every cat deserves a safe community in which to live, wherever they live. Alley Cat Allies educates, trains, and mobilizes grassroots advocates to hasten strategic, lifesaving change for cats in their communities, using the power of the legal and political system to end ill-conceived laws and ordinances. Learn more about our work changing communities for cats.

Saving Cats’ Lives in Shelters

The prevailing wisdom used to be that cats should be indoors—even if that meant killing millions of outdoor cats. Alley Cat Allies works with shelters to implement systemic change, transparency, and accountability within the U.S. animal control system to end the killing of cats. Learn more about our work saving cats in shelters.

Changing Attitudes Toward Cats

Cats have resided outdoors for more than 10,000 years, as citizens of the natural landscape. Today their vital environmental role continues. Alley Cat Allies works to inspire a shift in society’s view of cats—all cats—through education and accurate information. Learn more about our work protecting cats.