Des Moines, Iowa – Alley Cat Allies, the global leader in the protection of cats and kittens, will distribute tons of cat food at no cost to caregivers in Des Moines on Wednesday, October 25, under its ongoing Keeping Families Together™ program (details below). The food distribution is the latest in a series of collaborative events between Alley Cat Allies and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to provide much-needed resources and care for cats, whether they live indoors or outdoors.

Previously on October 11, an Alley Cat Allies food distribution in Des Moines attracted a long line of cars, with many recipients arriving early in the morning in anticipation of receiving the critical food they need to feed cats in their care. The food distribution on October 25 is also anticipated to attract a long line of caregivers early in the morning. In total, Alley Cat Allies will distribute more than 13 tons of cat food in Des Moines during October through the two events.

The Alley Cat Allies Keeping Families Together program provides food security, veterinary care, and other needed resources for cats during a time when economic uncertainty can make access to these necessities more challenging. Keeping Families Together helps people who live with cats in their homes, as well as those who feed community cats, or unowned cats who live outdoors. Alley Cat Allies has previously deployed the Keeping Families Together program in Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, West Virginia, and other states.

Alley Cat Allies’ support for cats in Iowa will continue into next month through a no cost spay and neuter and wellness clinic, as well as another food distribution event at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7-8. Low cost or no cost spay and neuter are critical resources for every cat, and especially important to ensure the success of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only humane and effective approach to community cat populations. Through TNR, cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and returned to their outdoor homes. Scientific studies show that TNR ends the breeding cycle, which means no new kittens are born outdoors. TNR can reduce shelter intake and calls to animal services, which also saves taxpayer dollars.

(Note to editors: The Alley Cat Allies food distribution event will take place from noon-2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, October 25, at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, 1615 SE 14th St., in Des Moines. Food will be loaded directly into a car line at the building.)


About Alley Cat Allies

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

Founded in 1990, Alley Cat Allies is the leading advocacy organization for cats with a mission to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of all cats and kittens. Together with our over 1 million supporters, we work toward a world where all cats are valued and every community has humane and effective programs and policies to defend them.

Through our fearless advocacy, humane care, education and outreach, and law and policy activism, we empower and mobilize citizens, advocates, grassroots groups, shelters, veterinary professionals, and elected officials across the United States and around the world to improve their communities for cats through nonlethal, evidence-based approaches.

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