A community cat on the Cayman Islands.

Alley Cat Allies is back on the ground in the Cayman Islands to protect cats!

This week, we expanded our ongoing work to defend the cats of the Cayman Islands from lethal government policies and bolster local, lifesaving Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs.

On Tuesday, we traveled to the islands to kick off our newest TNR grants to organizations C.A.R.E – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts and Feline Friends. Both grants will ensure 100 cats and kittens are spayed or neutered and eartipped to start—compounding our ongoing work with the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

Alley Cat Allies with C.A.R.E.

Last year, our grant to the Humane Society funded the spay or neuter and veterinary care of 100 cats, as well as the distribution of thousands of pounds of cat food to local caregivers.

On a windy Tuesday evening, our team headed out with C.A.R.E. to the property of Grand Cayman resident Ian, who had been strategically feeding community cats in preparation for TNR. This first evening, we helped trap the first eight cats who will be spayed or neutered through our new grant. Among them was Foxy, whom Ian named for his orange-red fur, and a cat we affectionately dubbed Dumpling.

The following morning, each cat was transported to a veterinary clinic for their spay or neuter, eartip, and any other veterinary care they required. And the next evening, they were returned to the exact area they were trapped to reunite with their feline family. We also took some time to deliver more cat food to the Humane Society, where caregivers can pick it up at no cost.

With each cat provided with critical care through TNR, and every TNR program strengthened through our work, we have an impact that spans far beyond any one island community. We’re aiming to show the Cayman Islands, and the world, that TNR is the only humane and effective approach to community cats.

Since the start of 2023, Alley Cat Allies has spoken out against the planned trapping and killing of cats on the Cayman Islands by the local government. And since Global Cat Day—October 16—we’ve been working with the Humane Society and local advocates to set an example for what it truly means to work closely with Cayman Islands community members for the benefit of cats and the community as a whole.

Delivering cat food to the Cayman Islands Humane Society for distribution to local caregivers.

So many residents of the Cayman Islands care deeply about community cats, greatly value no-cost services to protect them, and stand strongly against cruel lethal policies. We are not only providing a voice for cats on the island and acting on their behalf, we’re amplifying the voice and values of those residents as well.

The simple truth is TNR works, and killing does not and is morally indefensible. Alley Cat Allies continues to stand for Cayman Islands cats and taking action against deadly laws, policies, and disinformation to save cats’ lives worldwide.

A community cat walks along a fence in a Cayman Islands neighborhood.