ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Feb. 22, 2018 – Alley Cat Allies president and founder Becky Robinson will join a celebration of three major milestones for Anne Arundel County’s community cats, to take place at the Rude Ranch Spay Spa & Neuter Nook in Davidsonville on Feb. 25. The three milestones include Anne Arundel County’s new Community Cat Bill, the expansion of the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook, and the 30,000th spay/neuter surgery performed by the Rude Ranch animal sanctuary in just five years.

Robinson will help to cut the ribbon to the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook expansion, made possible in part with a $50,000 grant from Alley Cat Allies to Rude Ranch. The expansion will allow Rude Ranch to increase its clinic capacity by 50 percent and to double its spay/neuter capacity to more than 20,000 surgeries per year.

“I’m so happy to be on hand and help Anne Arundel County celebrate the incredible strides it is making to protect the community cats in this county,” Robinson said. “This is an example of the great things that happen when lawmakers, animal control leadership and local advocates join forces to improve the lives of cats in the community, and we have been so thankful to be part of this incredible coalition.”

Details of the event are as follows:

Where: 1251 W. Central Ave. Unit H, Davidsonville, Md.

When: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25

(Ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.)

Media Contacts:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue: 443-607-6496

Peter Osborne, Alley Cat Allies: 513-639-7455

Anne Arundel County’s Community Cat Bill, signed into law on Jan. 5 of this year, will allow for an aggressive Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for community cats. TNR is the process in which community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped to indicate that the cat has been through TNR, and returned to their outdoor homes. TNR humanely manages the community cat population, reduces shelter intake and “euthanasia” numbers, reduces calls of concern to animal control

agencies so they can focus on adoptions, and saves taxpayer money. It is the only humane and effective approach to outdoor cat populations.

By approving the bill, the county joins thousands of towns and cities across the U.S. that already conduct TNR programs, and more than 650 that have adopted official TNR policies and ordinances.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 600,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.