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Alley Cat Allies Resources

Guide/How-to | Alley Cat Allies, Animal Shelter, Community Change, Kittens / "Leave Them Be", Trap-Neuter-Return

The Cat Socialization Continuum: A Guide to Interactions Between Cats and Humans

Alley Cat Allies' "The Cat Socialization Continuum: A Guide to Interactions Between Cats and Humans" will help you understand the many degrees of socialization cats can exhibit and how to apply that knowledge to best care for, help, and protect them.

Publications | Cats and the Law

Cat Leash Laws: The End of the Line

Leash laws for Cats send even more cats into a system in which over 70% of all cats are killed in our nation’s local animal pounds and shelters.

Fact Sheet | Cats and the Law

Know Your Rights: How to Talk to Local Authorities

If you are approached by animal control in relation to your position caring for cats, it’s important that you understand your rights under the law. Just like police, animal control officers and humane investigators are bound by the law. They can’t simply search your property, stop and question you, or cite you without a reason. But caregivers often consent to requests by animal control officers because they don’t know they have the option to say “no.”

Guide/How-to | Cats and the Law

Cats and the Law: A Guide to Getting Legal Help

If you find yourself involved in a legal dispute regarding a cat or kitten, your first question may be, “Do I need to hire an animal law attorney or firm?” Learn more here.

Guide/How-to | Animal Shelter, Disaster Response

COVID-19 Protocols for Animal Shelters

Research | Cats and the Law

Cat Licensing Laws

Passing a law mandating that all owners license their cats will increase the number of cats killed in animal pounds and shelters.

Guide/How-to | Cats and the Law

How to Draft a Lifesaving Cat Ordinance with Trap-Neuter-Return

NEWLY UPDATED! Now with a model TNR ordinance template!. Since 1990, Alley Cat Allies has been the only national organization practicing and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and the humane care of feral cats. As a result of this experience, we are regularly contacted by communities and legislative bodies across the country that are seeking our input on ordinances. They ask us both to review draft ordinances and to suggest appropriate language for inclusion in those drafts.

Guide/How-to | Animal Shelter, Veterinarian Awareness

A Visual Guide to Cat Body Language

Cats communicate primarily through body language including their posture, tail, and ears. Learn more by using our visual guide to cat body language.

Fact Sheet | Cats and Wildlife

The History of the Domestic Cat

Cats have lived outside among people for over 10,000 years—indoor-only is a new idea! Learn about the history of cats, from wild cat to domestic companion.

Fact Sheet | Cats and Wildlife, Veterinarian Awareness

Biology and Behavior of the Cat

Guide/How-to | Alley Cat Allies, Cats and Wildlife

Alley Cat Allies’ Ant Proof Bowl Recommendations

Ant-proof bowls are great for summer feeding! Learn the best ways and the right bowls to keep food and water free of bugs in warm weather.

Research | Anti-Cruelty

Research: Anti-Cruelty