Stay Safe! We’re Actively Working to Provide Help During COVID-19
Saving Kittens During COVID-19
May 21, 2020
Within days of the COVID-19 pandemic landing in the United States, Alley Cat Allies began issuing emergency funding to protect cats and kittens. Today, we have supported more than 50 organizations and food banks so they can continue and even expand the …
Caring for Tennessee Cats Through Tornadoes and COVID-19
May 19, 2020
Between tornadoes in early March and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic not a month later, communities in Tennessee have been hit hard this year. Alley Cat Allies is providing the support needed to feed and care for cats and kittens through both crise …
Alley Cat Allies COVID-19 Emergency Funding Saved Boots’ Life
May 19, 2020
Susan L. had her world turned upside down when she lost her mother to COVID-19. Then her beloved cat, Boots, started not feeling well and the playful and energetic nine-month-old kitten was listless, not eating, and barely drinking. Susan was terrified …
Alley Cat Allies Donates Animal Food to Collier County to Keep Families Together™
May 12, 2020
NAPLES, Fla. – May 12, 2020 – Alley Cat Allies is building on its unprecedented statewide commitment to help animal caregivers with a donation of thousands of pounds of animal food in Collier County for families with cats and dogs in their homes and ca …
Alley Cat Allies Delivers Cat and Dog Food Distributions to Tallahassee for Coronavirus Relief Program
May 6, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 6, 2020 – Alley Cat Allies is adding to its unprecedented support of families with cats and dogs in their homes and caregivers who feed community cats, with a new donation of cat and dog food to the Tallahassee area. The donatio …
COVID-19 Update: A Hope for Cats and Kittens in the Florida Panhandle
April 23, 2020
There are many things Brandi Winkleman, president of A HOPE (Animal Health Outreach Prevention Education), Inc. in Milton, Florida, would be doing right now to help animals if these were normal times. She’d be running her bi-weekly transports of cats a …
Non-surgical Contraception – A Potential Lifesaver During COVID-19
April 21, 2020
Updated: May 5, 2020 Whether it’s a cat you are fostering or a new stray who has wandered into your neighborhood, many of us are finding ourselves in the uncomfortable position of having an unspayed female cat in our lives at time when access to surgic …
Keeping Families Together™: Alley Cat Allies Launches Initiative to Provide Food for Animals in Florida Food Banks
April 16, 2020
On Monday, Alley Cat Allies kicked off an initiative in Florida that will not only feed cats and other animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, but also serve as a model for far beyond. We are expanding lifesaving resources for cats by ensurin …
NEW RESOURCES: Guides About Pet and Community Cats During the COVID-19 Crisis
April 14, 2020
Updated: May 5, 2020 Alley Cat Allies has added two new resources to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response hub to keep you informed about cats and how to care for them during this time of crisis. COVID-19 Guide: Community Cat Caregivers is geare …
Keeping Families Together™: Alley Cat Allies Donates Food for Animals to Feeding Florida Food Banks for Families during the Coronavirus Crisis
April 13, 2020
MIAMI – April 13, 2020 – Alley Cat Allies will immediately begin providing tens of thousands of pounds of cat and dog food to Feeding Florida food banks so families—including people and animals—can stay together through the coronavirus crisis. The firs …
Breaking News: No Evidence Cats (or Tigers) Can Infect Humans with COVID-19
April 10, 2020
Updated: May 5, 2020 Loving cats involves protecting them—including from COVID-19, abandonment, and harm. You’re likely to have heard by now that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago and that several additional tigers a …
Alley Cat Allies is Issuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Emergency Funding
April 9, 2020
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Alley Cat Allies is providing emergency support to animal organizations to fund medical care, food, vaccinations, delivery of supplies, kitten nursery assistance, and other necessities for cats and ki …
Protecting Louisiana’s Cats in the Coronavirus Era
April 8, 2020
Alley Cat Allies is providing emergency support and funds to animal welfare organizations right now to help cats and kittens in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including in the hard-hit state of Louisiana. Particularly in the New Orlea …
4 Ways to Make Being Indoors Easier for Cats (and People!)
April 7, 2020
To stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), people have been asked to “shelter in place” or practice social distancing. While that doesn’t mean you can never go outside (for example, caregivers can continue to feed community cats ), it does …
Helping Houston Cats in the Midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
April 6, 2020
Alley Cat Allies is committed to making an impact on communities throughout the US during the Coronavirus crisis. Learn more about how emergency funds for animal shelters are being used in Houston.
Alley Cat Allies Supports for Organizations Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic
April 2, 2020
Learn more about our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies has provided more than $125,000 in its first round of emergency funding for animal welfare organizations that are experiencing major disruptions due to the outbreak of n …
Message from our President and Founder, Becky Robinson (March 24, 2020)
I personally wanted to connect with you during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
You’re the backbone of our organization and I know that you are deeply concerned about the cats.
First and foremost, please stay safe, healthy and well.
Second, know that we’re here for the cats. We are working around the clock to help cats in need. Our dedicated staff is ramping up our efforts and working effectively, efficiently and safely. Our hotline is open.
I woke up the other morning – only four or five days ago, but “back then” business and school closings were just starting to occur in a patchwork of places – and I thought to myself that we need to get ahead of this and make sure there is enough cat food in food pantries. We reached out to rescue groups and pet food pantries across the country to take a pulse of where things stand and to let them know we’re here. Over the past days, we have begun providing support to keep animal organizations’ food banks open and in stock. We’re also helping get cat food to people who can’t safely leave their homes, particularly seniors, those with health conditions and those under quarantine.
We are carefully reading through news reports and engaging with local TNR and cat rescue groups. We are aware that many of you are anxious about your community cats, especially those of you in “shelter in place” scenarios. In addition, we are monitoring state legislatures, as many are adjourning mid-session to help reduce the spread COVID-19. While this is a good thing from a disease containment point of view, the frantic last days of session prior to what could be a very long break is resulting in a last-minute push to pass bills before the session ends. Some of the bills under consideration are good for cats, and some are not. We’re tracking all of them and working to try to get the good bills approved and prevent the bad ones from passing.
COVID-19 is a serious public health emergency. How we each respond is critically important. Follow your local government and the CDC guidelines, keep well and keep in touch. We’re staying safe and working full tilt to keep the cats safe, too.
For the cats,
What You Can Do
Couch time with your kitty is a fabulous way to engage in social distancing. Everyone should be doing their best to slow the spread of COVID-19. There are lots of ways you can help cats during this time, both by taking action online and by keeping an eye out in your community.
Network and help each other. If you have a neighbor who is elderly or unwell, connect by phone or email and see if they need you to run to the store. In this way, will we be protecting people in need from needless exposure to the virus. Please be on the lookout for cats who’ve been abandoned. It is happening as people are panicking. And please pay attention to word of friends and neighbors who have been hospitalized. Their animals may be in urgent need of care. If you need help, let us know. We will work to connect you with the right assistance.
It’s fine and good to go out and feed your community cat colony and fine to go out and get provisions for yourself and your cats, just do so wisely and carefully.
There are no known cases of transmission of COVID-19 from domestic animals to humans. There are recent reports of cats who have become infected with COVID-19 from people, but the cases appear to be mild, and we have heard of no cats dying from it.
The CDC is recommending that people infected (or suspected of being infected) distance themselves from their family members, including the furry ones. We will provide updates as they become available. We recommend you follow these guidelines.