VENETA, Ore. – Sept. 10, 2019 – Alley Cat Allies, the global engine of change for cats, is now providing its direct assistance, resources and leadership to care fora large group of cats in Veneta, Oregon, that has been the subject of recent news reports. Alley Cat Allies has organized a coalition of experts who are already on the scene in Veneta, near Eugene, providing medical care and support for the cats.
“We look forward to leading this collaboration with the people and groups in the area to make a positive difference for the cats, and we know that it will take quite a bit of time and resources,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “The life of every single cat is precious. So, while there is much to be done, our primary goal is to find the best possible outcome for each individual cat.”
Alley Cat Allies is developing a humane, nonlethal plan in conjunction with the local Greenhill Humane Society. “We look forward to working with Alley Cat Allies on this important, life-saving work,” said Cary Lieberman, executive director of the Greenhill Humane Society. “We can make a bigger impact for these cats by adding the combined efforts of our two organizations and support from the entire community.”
Robinson and Alley Cat Allies have helped in numerous situations requiring urgent care for large numbers of cats across the nation. These have been in urban, suburban and rural settings, plus the aftermath of natural disasters such as the recent California wildfires, hurricanes and floods.
Alley Cat Allies experts have been on the ground in Veneta for several days. The team is implementing best practices such as appropriate outdoor shelters and feeding stations.
A critical strategy in the plan will be Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats, or cats who live outdoors. Through TNR, community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped and returned to their outdoor homes. Scientific studies show that TNR ends the breeding cycle, meaning no new kittens are born outdoors. TNR improves the lives of community cats and their relationships with the people who live near them. It has been proven to reduce shelter intake, “euthanasia,” and calls to animal services, which saves taxpayer dollars.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. Alley Cat Allies is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of all cats through its innovative, cutting-edge programs. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has grown into a powerful force with over half a million supporters. The organization has helped and inspired countless individuals, communities and other organizations to save and improve the lives of cats and kittens worldwide. Alley Cat Allies works with lawmakers, animal shelters and the public to change attitudes and advance lifesaving policies that best serve the interests of cats. Alley Cat Allies’ website is www.alleycat.org, and the organization is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.