ROCKPORT, Ind. Aug. 23, 2019 In a major victory for the cats and other animals of Spencer County, Indiana, Alley Cat Allies has started its collaborative work with the county to transform its animal shelter by designing and implementing new policies, procedures and training necessary for the shelter, which closed last year after revelations that cats were being killed by being placed in the shelter’s freezer. As the first step in this process, Alley Cat Allies, along with a nationally-respected veterinary expert that it has invited, will meet with the Spencer County Animal Shelter leadership on Sunday, Aug. 25, to discuss best practices in humane shelter operations.

Becky Robinson, the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, has advocated to reopen the shelter only after the right strategies are in place.

“During our constructive dialogue with Spencer County we have been adamant that major changes are needed at the shelter to protect animals and ensure that shelter employees are trained on how to provide humane care and protect the public,” Robinson said.

The national expert who will meet with shelter leadership is Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, the director of shelter medicine at Cornell University, a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. She will lead an interactive exchange with shelter leaders and decision-makers that will focus on best practices and proper humane procedures so the county can improve the care given to animals coming into their shelter.

About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve the lives of cats through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than a half-million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.