BUENA VISTA, Va. – Jan. 5, 2023 – Alley Cat Allies’ Director of Programs Alice Burton will present to the Buena Vista City Council meeting today, where she plans to explain the success of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats, as a successful TNR program in Buena Vista is being threatened to be removed by community leaders.

“TNR is working for Buena Vista just as it has worked in thousands of communities across the country,” Burton said. “I look forward to the opportunity to talk with the people of Buena Vista about why TNR should not be interrupted here, and why it is the only path forward for cats in the community.”

Alley Cat Allies is the globally recognized leader in the protection of cats and kittens. First established in 1990, Alley Cat Allies shares evidence-based strategies and expertise on working with community cats, who are unowned cats who live outdoors.

Burton will defend the effectiveness of TNR, which is the only proven, humane approach to outdoor cat populations. Through TNR, cats are humanely trapped, spayed and neutered, vaccinated and eartipped for identification. They are then returned to their outdoor homes.

TNR is sound public policy. It effectively and humanely manages the community cat population and reduces shelter intake and “euthanasia,” or really just killing. TNR also reduces calls to animal control agencies so they can focus on life-saving work such as adoptions, which also saves taxpayer dollars.

More information about TNR is available online at alleycat.org.


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 nearly 1 million supporters worldwide.

Alley Cat Allies believes every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest. We 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.

To achieve our goals, 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 that best serves the interests of cats.