Rosemary, 75, tells us she “fell in love with cats” at the age of 10—which speaks to her compassionate spirit as a lifelong cat advocate.

But it was her cat, Smokey, who inspired her to take her advocacy to the next level. Though Rosemary was devastated by the loss of Smokey at a young age, she made protecting cats her mission in life in his memory. Not only is she a major donor to Alley Cat Allies who helped us save thousands of cats’ lives in 2023 alone, she is the dedicated caregiver of 10 community cats in her California neighborhood.

“I would give my last penny to help cats,” says Rosemary, who first became an Alley Cat Allies donor in 2008.

Though we’re barely into 2024, Rosemary’s generosity is already making an inspiring and lifesaving impact for cats and kittens across the country and around the world this year. She shares our commitment to improving the lives of all cats, including community cats, and to establishing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs in every community.

YOU can also build a better world for cats with a donation at Or, consider a planned gift at (CFC#10964) (EIN #52-1742079). For more information, call 866-309-6207.