Alley Cat Allies

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Alley Cat Allies
Type501(c)(3)
Founded1990
HeadquartersBethesda, MD
Key people

Becky Robinson, President

Donna Wilcox, Vice President
Area servedUSA
FocusAnimal protection
Revenue$4 million in 2009[1]
Members249,000 in 2010
MottoThe Cats' Leading Advocate
Websitewww.alleycat.org
 
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Alley Cat Allies
Type501(c)(3)
Founded1990
HeadquartersBethesda, MD
Key people

Becky Robinson, President

Donna Wilcox, Vice President
Area servedUSA
FocusAnimal protection
Revenue$4 million in 2009[1]
Members249,000 in 2010
MottoThe Cats' Leading Advocate
Websitewww.alleycat.org

Alley Cat Allies is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.[2] Alley Cat Allies works toward this goal by reforming public policies and institutions to serve the best interests of cats, expanding and promoting cat care, and increasing understanding of cats. The organization is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Alley Cat Allies specializes in stray and feral cat advocacy and provides information on Trap-Neuter-Return, the only method of managing feral cat populations the organization considers humane and effective. Alley Cat Allies helps communities, individuals, and grassroots groups across the country launch or improve Trap-Neuter-Return programs and expand the accessibility of affordable spay and neuter services. The organization also educates the American public about the number of cats killed in animal shelters and works to reform the shelter system to better serve the needs of feral cats.[3] Alley Cat Allies’ educational resources provide guidance and support for people performing Trap-Neuter-Return and advocating for cats through print, electronic, and multimedia content about feral cats, veterinary care, Trap-Neuter-Return, and policies that impact cats.

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Founding

Alley Cat Allies was founded in 1990 after co-founder Becky Robinson discovered a colony of feral cats in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC; the organization then incorporated on October 16, 1991. Robinson currently serves as the organization’s president,[4] leading the organization with Vice President Donna Wilcox.[5] Alley Cat Allies is often referred to as the group who introduced Trap-Neuter-Return (the spaying and neutering of entire colonies of feral cats) to the United States.[6]

Recent history

Programs

National Feral Cat Day

Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day in 2001[13] and promotes it every October 16 as the annual kick-off for its national educational campaign about the protection of stray and feral cats. The day is marked with events such as spay/neuter clinics and workshops; in 2008, 90 events were planned in 30 cities across the US.[14] 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.[15]

The Boardwalk Cats Project

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.[16]

Feral Friends Network

Alley Cat Allies connects citizens to local resources for cat care and Trap-Neuter-Return through the Feral Friends Network, a nationwide database of veterinary practices and clinics that spay and neuter feral cats and organizations and individuals with hands-on Trap-Neuter-Return and feral cat expertise.

Veterinary Awareness Campaign

Alley Cat Allies launched the Veterinary Awareness Campaign in October 2009 to educate the veterinary community about proper protocols for Trap-Neuter-Return and veterinary treatment of feral cats. As part of the campaign, Alley Cat Allies attends veterinary conferences nationwide and launched an online Veterinary Resource Center.[17]

Every Kitty – Every City

Alley Cat Allies’ Every Kitty – Every City program raises awareness in targeted cities about outdoor cats, feral cat colony care, Trap-Neuter-Return, and low-cost neuter services through workshops, outreach, and organizing. Participating cities include Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago, Greater New Orleans, and the Washington, DC, metro area.[18]

Celebrity Supporters

Alley Cat Allies’ “I’m an Alley Cat Ally” campaign has received celebrity support from:

In 2004, actress Nicole Sullivan won the first edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown, selecting Alley Cat Allies as her charity to receive the $100,000 prize.[21]

Mascot

Frank the Feral, a fictional black-and-white feral cat, is Alley Cat Allies’ mascot. Frank wears an Alley Cat Allies shirt and sports an eartip, the universal sign of a neutered feral cat.

Research and Publications

Office Cats

Alley Cat Allies has six “office cats” that live at the organization’s headquarters. All of the cats were adopted from feral cat colonies.[28] The office cats frequently appear on Alley Cat Allies’ social media[29] and merchandise.

References

  1. ^ http://acaweb.alleycat.org/large_docs/ACA_AR2009_final_web_version.pdf
  2. ^ http://alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=616
  3. ^ http://alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=252
  4. ^ http://alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=591
  5. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=592
  6. ^ Roger Tabor, Understanding Cats: Their History, Nature, and Behavior (Reader’s Digest: 1995), 44.
  7. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Document.Doc?id=349
  8. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Document.Doc?id=342
  9. ^ http://acaweb.alleycat.org/large_docs/Baltimore.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Document.Doc?id=137
  11. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Document.Doc?id=164
  12. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=816
  13. ^ http://www.catchannel.com/news/2009/10/14/nationa-feral-cat-day-set-for-oct-16.aspx
  14. ^ http://alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=808
  15. ^ http://alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=540
  16. ^ http://www.atlanticcityweekly.com/news-and-views/features/Boardwalk-Cats-Celebrate-10-Year-Anniversary-98031804.html
  17. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=716
  18. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/EveryKittyEveryCity
  19. ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/03/ellen-degeneres-portia-de-rossi-help-animals.html?cid=6a00d8341c630a53ef01310fdc86d8970c
  20. ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/04/golden-girls-help-animals-betty-white-bea-arthur-peta.html
  21. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389591/trivia
  22. ^ Alley Cat Allies, “How to Help Feral Cats: A Step-By-Step Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return,” 2010.
  23. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Document.Doc?id=61
  24. ^ http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.234.8.1023
  25. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=501&srcid=501
  26. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Document.Doc?id=385
  27. ^ http://alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=809
  28. ^ http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=248
  29. ^ http://www.facebook.com/AlleyCatAllies

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