ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. – Nov. 16, 2022
Communities in Atlantic County, N.J., are witnessing a decline in what had been a high number of cats and kittens outdoors due to an innovative high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) collaboration between Alley Cat Allies, the Humane Society of Atlantic County and local rescue organizations. Alley Cat Allies support is making it possible to spay and neuter cats and kittens on a grander scale, ending the breeding cycle. The program has already spayed and neutered more than 450 cats and kittens in the area.
“With the support from Alley Cat Allies, we’re seeing dramatically fewer kittens coming in, especially over this recent summer. Any kitten that comes in can be quickly adopted out,” said Steve Dash, executive director of the Humane Society of Atlantic County. “Today, as a result of this program and our many years working with Alley Cat Allies, we have achieved a more stable population of community cats.”
Alley Cat Allies support is providing for spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and other treatment for cats and kittens who are brought to the Humane Society of Atlantic County. Local organizations bring in the cats and kittens, working closely with the Humane Society through Alley Cat Allies’ funding to provide TNR and adopt out socialized animals.
TNR is the process by which cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor homes. TNR is evidence-based, sound public policy. It effectively and humanely addresses the community cat population, can reduce shelter intake and killing, and reduces calls to animal services, which saves taxpayer dollars.
In Atlantic City, the Alley Cat Allies Boardwalk Cats Project® has become one of the most recognized and successful TNR programs in the world. Since 2000, the Alley Cat Allies Boardwalk Cats Project has cared for and defended the famous Boardwalk Cats. The project, endorsed by the city, has benefitted the community and allowed the Boardwalk Cats to live full, healthy lives in their outdoor homes.
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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the leader of the global movement to protect and improve the lives of cats and kittens. Now in our 33rd anniversary year, we are joined by over 800,000 supporters worldwide.
Every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest. To achieve that standard, Alley Cat Allies exposed an entrenched system in which animal control agencies and shelters have been killing millions of cats for over a century. Today, the programs we introduced in the United States are mainstream.
We collaborate with grassroots advocates, animal shelters, municipal managers, and lawmakers to replace deadly laws and policies with ones that protect cats. We defend all cats by offering cutting edge education online, in person, and through one-on-one dialogue. We advance lifesaving innovations such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR), high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter, microchipping, anti-declawing legislation, and any program to defend cats now and into the future.
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