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.