Azalea City Cat Coalition awarded grant and equipment to support community cat program
For Immediate Release: December 2, 2014
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MOBILE, ALAs part of a plan to bolster Mobile County, Alabama’s community cat program, Alley Cat Allies has awarded Azalea City Cat Coalition with a $5,000 grant and trapping equipment. Alley Cat Allies and Azalea City Cat Coalition are committed to helping community cats in Mobile County through effective programs like Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Communities across the country are implementing lifesaving programs like TNR to protect and stabilize community cat populations.
“We are proud to lend our support to the Azalea City Cat Coalition,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “With this grant and new trapping equipment, Azalea City Cat Coalition will be able to do even more for the cats and residents of Mobile County.”
The grant and trapping equipment provided by Alley Cat Allies will give Azalea City Cat Coalition more tools and support for their existing community cat program, which includes Trap-Neuter-Return and low-cost spay and neuter assistance for community cats. With a stronger TNR program, Mobile County will be able to focus on lifesaving programs for adoptable cats, and improve the community for both cats and residents.
In a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, community catsalso called feral catsare humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the tip of the left ear is removed during surgeryproviding the universal symbol that a cat has been neutered and vaccinated). After a short recovery period, the cats are returned to their outdoor homes. TNR ends the reproduction cycle, and stops behaviors associated with mating such as yowling and spraying, thereby addressing community concerns and decreasing calls to animal control.
In addition to the over 600 nonprofit groups nationally practicing TNR, there are more than 430 cities and counties with official ordinances or policies endorsing TNR for community cats. Learn more at www.alleycat.org.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has over half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org.