Educate Your Neighbors

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When you conduct Trap-Neuter-Return or colony care, it’s important that you communicate with your neighbors. Educating your neighbors and community members about cats will start a helpful dialogue with them, which can only benefit your neighborhood cats. Neighbors will know not to be concerned about the cats or your TNR and feeding efforts, and they will know who “speaks for the cats” if a problem arises. That means they won’t call animal control.

Educating neighbors is vital for building goodwill towards your work with community cats.

Educational Materials

Available as webpage, PDF, or to order online. Use these professional pieces to educate your friends, family, and community about community cats.

General Information

Deterrent Information

  • How to Live with Cats in Your Neighborhood – This brochure provides quick and easy information about cat deterrents. It explains outdoor cat behaviors and what draws cats to certain areas. It also includes simple solutions and photos to explain how humane deterrents allow people to peacefully coexist with cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return Information

Community Outreach Tools

Use these materials to reach out to community members on a bigger scale.

  • Sample postcard – Use this postcard to alert community members to your TNR efforts. It also asks them to help by: reporting on locations of community cats; keeping their pet cats inside; and not feeding outdoor cats during your trapping.
  • Sample flyer – Use this flyer to help spread the word about what you’re doing to help community cats, and ask for community buy-in.
  • Sample community newsletter article – If your community has a newsletter or an online presence, use this sample to submit an educational article about community cats.
  • Helping Community Cats – This video is a perfect way to educate people about community cats, their history, their behavior, and the programs and people working every day to protect them. Invite your neighbors over for movie night or share a link to the website
    Purchase Alley Cat Allies’ Educational Video Library.
  • Doorhangers – Our doorhangers help explain the benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return. The We’re Helping Outdoor Cats Doorhanger announces your next neighborhood trapping. The Please Don’t Call Animal Control Doorhanger introduces the concept of community cats and Trap-Neuter-Return. It explains to neighbors why they should NOT call animal control.
    Order online »
  • Workshops – Workshops are an excellent way to learn or educate others about outdoor cats, Trap-Neuter-Return, and services available at a local level. Learn more about hosting a workshop.
  • Coloring pages – Print our coloring pages and share with advocates who are young—or young at heart!
    Download the Frank the Feral Coloring Page

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