ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Sept. 30, 2020 – Becky Robinson, the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, will honor Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. for the city’s collaboration with the Alley Cat Allies Boardwalk Cats Project®, which has dramatically improved life for cats while also enriching Atlantic City.
Robinson will present Small with the Oliver Award, Alley Cat Allies’ most prestigious award that honors those who show dedication, achievement and excellence in all facets of lifesaving work to protect cats. The presentation will take place when Robinson meets with Small at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, in the mayor’s office in the City Hall of Atlantic City, 1301 Bacharach Blvd.
“Atlantic City has long been a key part of the success of the Boardwalk Cats Project, and we are thankful for the long line of consistent backing from the City ever since the project started 20 years ago,” Robinson said.
Alley Cat Allies initiated a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program at the Boardwalk with the help of local groups and volunteers in 2000 to save hundreds of cats living outdoors there from being killed. Every family of cats on the Boardwalk has been vaccinated and neutered and relieved of the toll that breeding can take on cats’ health. Alley Cat Allies continues actively managing the program in partnership with the local government, businesses and volunteers.
As a result, no kittens have been born on the Boardwalk in years and the population is much smaller. The cats have lived long and healthy lives outdoors, proving that cats can coexist with a vibrant city and its millions of visitors.
Atlantic City’s embrace of TNR makes it a global leader. Thousands of towns and cities conduct TNR programs, with hundreds more adopting official TNR policies and ordinances such as Atlantic City has done.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the leader of a global movement to protect cats and kittens. Now in our 30th anniversary year, we are joined by over half a 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.
Our website is www.alleycat.org, and we are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.