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 professionals. 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