WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Sept. 20, 2018 – Alley Cat Allies, the global engine of change for cats, will have a major presence at the Purdue Veterinary Conference Sept. 18-22 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Becky Robinson, the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, will lead two sessions in the Shelter Medicine Track of the conference on Friday, Sept. 21.
“Veterinarians play a critical role to the success of humane programs for community cats such as Trap-Neuter-Return,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “We’re excited to be a part of the Purdue Veterinary Conference to build stronger bridges with the veterinary community and to save more cats’ lives.”
Also presenting will be leadership from Animal Balance, a global nonprofit dedicated to creating positive change on islands around the world, which is supported by Alley Cat Allies. Animal Balance presenters will be Emma Clifford (Ed.D.), founder and executive director, and Dr. Amanda Bruce (DVM), medical director.
Robinson will lead a two-part session titled, “Cat Friendly Sheltering: A Win for Everyone,” which will cover how hundreds of animal shelters and veterinarians across the country are using innovative approaches to save and improve the lives of cats and kittens. She will explain Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), in which outdoor cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that indicates a cat has been through TNR), and returned to their outdoor homes.
TNR is the mainstream approach to managing outdoor cats and is widely recognized as sound public policy. It effectively and humanely manages the community cat population while reducing shelter intake, the number of cats killed, and calls to animal services. This saves taxpayer dollars. Scientific studies show that TNR immediately ends the cycle of new kitten litters and stabilizes the population of community cats, while improving their lives and the lives of people who live near them.
“TNR has become popular because Americans are compassionate and want to use life-saving options for outdoor cats,” Robinson said. “More and more communities are rejecting the old ways of managing cats by killing them, because it goes against our sensibilities and has never proven to work.”
Alley Cat Allies also arranged for Animal Balance to present two other sessions in the Shelter Medicine Session Track at the conference. Animal Balance, an organization that receives support from Alley Cat Allies, will tell of its work running M.A.S.H. high-volume spay and neuter clinics in places throughout the globe, including the Galapagos, Hawaii, Caribbean, and American Samoa. Animal Balance director Emma Clifford and Dr. Amanda Bruce, Animal Balance medical director, will discuss how they organize clinics in such exotic locations and how the lessons they have learned can translate to local communities here in the U.S.
Additionally, Becky Robinson will present a session on cats and wildlife. This session will address the increasing demand in the U.S. for effective and humane policies for cats, while also revealing why more wildlife conservationists are questioning the morality of lethal management tools for cats. The session will debunk several ideas that are cherished by some despite being scientifically unsound.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than a half-million 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 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.