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Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies (incorporated on October 6, 1991)[5] is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose stated mission is to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.[1] The organization advocates for reform of public policies and institutions to better serve the interests of cats. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, the group is best known for introducing trap-neuter-return to the United States.[6]

Alley Cat Allies
Founded1990
Type501(c)(3)
FocusAnimal protection
Location
Area served
USA and globally
Members
500,000 in 2014[1]
Key people
Becky Robinson, President

Charlene Pedrolie, Chief Operating Officer[2]

Donna Wilcox, VP and Board Chair[3]
Revenue
$10.2 million in 2017[4]
Employees
over 40[1]
Websitewww.alleycat.org

Alley Cat Allies' emphasis is on stray and feral cat advocacy and providing information on Trap-Neuter-Return, the method of managing feral cat populations that the organization considers humane and effective. The organization helps communities, individuals and grassroots groups launch or improve their Trap-Neuter-Return programs and expand affordable spay and neuter services. Alley Cat Allies also educates the public about the number of cats killed annually in animal shelters and works to reform the shelter system to better serve the needs of feral cats.[7]

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FoundingEdit

Alley Cat Allies was founded in 1990, by Becky Robinson and Louise Holton[8] after they discovered an alley with 56 cats and two smaller colonies in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. They neutered the cats using the trap-neuter-return method.[5] Deluged by requests for help with similar work, and aware of the lack of resources and information on the method, they formed a network for feral cats.[5]

Robinson serves as the organization’s president,[9] running the organization with Chief Operating Officer Charlene Pedrolie[10], and Vice President and Board Chair Donna Wilcox.[11] Holton left the organization in 2001, to form Alley Cat Rescue.[8]

Selected historyEdit

  • Baltimore Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinance – When animal control policies in Baltimore prevented residents from carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return in 2007, Alley Cat Allies educated the city council about Trap-Neuter-Return and helped draft a new ordinance that allowed residents to feed and provide shelter for managed feral cat colonies.[12]
  • Hurricane Katrina response – In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Alley Cat Allies established a base camp and emergency shelter in Louisiana and sent 150 volunteers to help hundreds of cats displaced by the hurricane.[13] In 2008, Alley Cat Allies received the Goodwill Key to the City of New Orleans in recognition of their work to save the Gulf region’s animals after Hurricane Katrina.[14]
  • DC CAT – In 2004, Alley Cat Allies created the DC CAT Trap-Neuter-Return pilot program, which neutered nearly 1,400 cats in Washington, DC. Two years later, DC’s animal control organization, the Washington Humane Society, embraced Trap-Neuter-Return as its feral cat policy and together with Alley Cat Allies opened the first high-volume spay/neuter clinic in Washington, DC, in 2007.[15]
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard – In 2000, Alley Cat Allies halted a catch and kill order at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, and instead instituted a Trap-Neuter-Return program, becoming the first animal protection group in the nation to hold a formal contract with the U.S. military.[16]

Programs and projectsEdit

Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day in 2001[17] and promotes it every October 16. The day is marked with events such as spay/neuter clinics and workshops. In 2009, Alley Cat Allies celebrated National Feral Cat Day on the CBS Early Show, where weatherman Dave Price joined Alley Cat Allies’ “I’m An Alley Cat Ally” campaign.[18] In 2017, the organization changed the name of the event to Global Cat Day[19].

In 2000, Alley Cat Allies formed a coalition to stop a municipal order to catch and kill cats living on and under Atlantic City's boardwalk. With the city’s cooperation, Alley Cat Allies staff and local volunteers began a Trap-Neuter-Return program for the boardwalk cats. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2010.[20]

Alley Cat Allies' Feral Friends Network connects individuals to organizations, veterinarians, and others serving as resources on feral cats and TNR from around the world.[21] Links to other online communities are also provided.[22]

Research and publicationsEdit

  • Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinances and Policies in the United States: The Future of Animal Control - In 2013, the organization published a Law and Policy Brief reviewing the treatment of feral cats in ordinances throughout the U.S. The study found that at least 240 local governments had enacted ordinances or policies supporting TNR (p. 4), a ten-fold increase from ten years earlier (p. 11).[23]
  • Scientific study of neuter status of U.S. pet cats - In 2009, Alley Cat Allies published Population Characteristics and Neuter Status of Cats Living in Households in the United States in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Findings suggested that a high percentage (80.0%) of cats living in households in the United States were neutered and that annual family income was the strongest predictor of whether cats in the household were neutered." [24]
  • U.S. Public Opinion on Humane Treatment of Stray Cats – In 2007, Alley Cat Allies published a Law and Policy Brief interpreting the results of a nationally representative survey conducted by Harris Interactive and funded by Alley Cat Allies. The survey found that 81% of Americans consider it more humane to leave a cat outside where the cat is, rather than have the cat caught and “put down.”[25]
  • Key Scientific Studies on Trap-Neuter-Return – Alley Cat Allies published a fact sheet describing a number of studies that suggest TNR is the humane and effective approach for managing feral cats.[26] A more updated version of the analysis is available on the organization's website.[27]
  • Feral Cat Health Analysis: Living Healthy Lives Outdoors – A review of scientific research presented by the organization rebuts the views often espoused by other groups[28] that feral cats live short and painful lives. Alley Cat Allies states that feral cats are healthy and become healthier when aided by trap-neuter-return; and they do not pose a health risk to other cats or communities.[29]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "About Us" Archived July 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed July 14, 2014.
  2. ^ [1], Alley Cat Allies, accessed May 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Board of Directors" Archived July 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed July 14, 2014.
  4. ^ [2], Alley Cat Allies, accessed June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Ellen Perry Berkeley, TNR: Past, Present and Future: A History of the Trap-Neuter-Return Movement (2004: Alley Cat Allies), ISBN 0-9705194-2-7, p. 8.
  6. ^ Roger Tabor, Understanding Cats: Their History, Nature, and Behavior (Reader’s Digest: 1995), ISBN 978-0895779168, p. 44.
  7. ^ "Our History - Alley Cat Allies". Alleycat.org. December 9, 2013. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  8. ^ a b "Farewell to a Founder" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Action, Summer 2001, p. 2.
  9. ^ "Bio - Becky Robinson - Alley Cat Allies". Alleycat.org. December 9, 2013. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  10. ^ "Alley Cat Allies' Public 990 Form" (PDF). alleycat.org. May 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Bio - Donna Wilcox - Alley Cat Allies". Alleycat.org. December 9, 2013. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  12. ^ "Case Study: Alley Cat Allies Leads Coalition to Support Trap-Neuter-Return in Baltimore", Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Alley Cat Allies Special Report: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response" Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Alley Cat Allies honored for saving cats after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita" Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, September 2, 2008.
  15. ^ "Case Study: Alley Cat Allies Helps Washington, D.C. Establish Humane Cat Programs" Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "Case Study: Alley Cat Allies Saves Cats’ Lives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard" Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 19, 2014.
  17. ^ "National Feral Cat Day Set for Oct. 16". Catchannel.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  18. ^ "Alley Cat Allies' Celebrity Allies - Alley Cat Allies". Alleycat.org. December 9, 2013. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  19. ^ "Winter 2018 Newsletter" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Boardwalk Cats Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary | Features | News & Views". Atlantic City Weekly. July 18, 2010. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  21. ^ "Alley Cat Allies' Feral Friends Network" Archived July 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed July 14, 2014.
  22. ^ "Alley Cat Allies Online Communities" Archived July 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed July 14, 2014.
  23. ^ "Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinances and Policies in the United States: The Future of Animal Control" Archived September 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Elizabeth Holtz, Alley Cat Allies, January 2013.
  24. ^ "Population characteristics and neuter status of cats living in households in the United States, Karyen Chu et al., JAVMA Vol. 234, No. 8, pp 1023-1030, April 15, 2009. Study results are discussed here: "New Scientific Study Finds Vast Majority of Pet Cats Are Neutered" Archived October 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 24, 2014.
  25. ^ U.S. Public Opinion on Humane Treatment of Stray Cats Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Karyen Chu et al., Alley Cat Allies Law and Policy Brief, 2007.
  26. ^ "Fact Sheet: Key Scientific Studies on Trap-Neuter-Return" Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 24, 2014.
  27. ^ "Key Scientific Studies on Trap-Neuter-Return" Archived October 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 24, 2014.
  28. ^ "Fight over ferals boils down to one question: Do alley cats live a good life?", Justin Juvenal, The Washington Post, May 24, 2011.
  29. ^ "Feral Cat Health Analysis: Living Healthy Lives Outdoors", Alley Cat Allies, accessed August 24, 2014.

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