Note from our President and Founder, Becky Robinson
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.
While there is not yet known cases transmission of COVID-19 to domestic animals, the CDC is recommending that people infected (or suspected of being infected) distance themselves from their family members, including the furry ones.
We recommend you follow these guidelines.
Help Us Help Cats During Coronavirus Pandemic
Alley Cat Allies is here for you and cats as the COVID-19 outbreak causes major upheavals in our lives. Right now, we are taking immediate, swift action. We’re making it possible to keep food banks for animals stocked. For people who can’t afford to feed their cats, or even find food in local stores, these food banks are a lifeline.
We need your help today to feed and care for hungry cats. If you can, please consider making an urgent gift to Alley Cat Allies right now to ensure cats get the care they need during this time of uncertainty.