Leading the National Movement to End Failing 'Animal Control' Policies

Alley Cat Allies' President, Becky Robinson, Seeks End to Widespread

Killing of Cats in U.S. Animal Shelters

May 20, 2008, 01:00 ET from Alley Cat Allies

    WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being
 issued by Alley Cat Allies:
     WHO: Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org),
 the national advocate for stray and feral cats.
     WHY: What began as concern over the lack of resources for the hundreds
 of thousands of Americans feeding and caring for stray and feral cats has
 evolved into the only national advocacy group with a singular focus of
 putting an end to the staggering number of cats killed in animal shelters
 and pounds across the United States each year.
     After discovering and caring for a colony of 54 feral cats in
 Washington, D.C. in 1990, Robinson became an expert on a program known as
 Trap-Neuter-Return, used widely in Europe for feral cat populations but
 virtually unknown within the U.S. Her research led to the formation of a
 national nonprofit advocacy group called Alley Cat Allies, which began as
 an all-volunteer organization in the basement of her home and today is
 headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a full-time staff of 25
     Under the leadership of Robinson, Alley Cat Allies is widely recognized
 as the foremost authority on feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return. Through its
 extensive network of nearly 200,000 supporters, Alley Cat Allies has helped
 tens of thousands of individuals improve the lives of outdoor cats and has
 motivated and assisted hundreds of grassroots activists with founding
 local, volunteer feral-cat organizations. Alley Cat Allies has also helped
 communities across the United States implement municipally based
 Trap-Neuter-Return programs as a replacement for failed animal control
 policies that rely on "catch and kill."
     Despite its success, Robinson sees her work and that of Alley Cat
 Allies as just beginning. With the killing of cats in shelters remaining
 the leading documented cause of death for cats in the U.S. today - along
 with a recent national survey commissioned by Alley Cat Allies (conducted
 by Harris Interactive) that revealed an overwhelming majority of Americans
 don't support "catch and kill"- Robinson has charted a course to
 systematically tackle and change our failed animal control policies that
 still rely on killing.

SOURCE Alley Cat Allies