Alley Cat Rescue

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Alley Cat Rescue
Founded 2001
Type 501(c)(3)
Focus welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned and feral[1]
Location
  • Mount Rainier, Maryland
Area served
North America, South Africa
Key people

Louise Holton, President

Denise Hilton, Director of Operations[2]
Revenue
$1.1 million (year ending 07/2012)[3]
Website http://www.saveacat.org/

Alley Cat Rescue is an organization in Mount Rainier, Maryland, that works to protect cats through rescue, rehabilitation and adoption locally in the states of Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area using trap-neuter-return for feral cats; as well as providing national and international resources for cat caretakers.[1]

Founding[edit]

The organization was founded in 1997, when President Louise Holton moved on after co-founding Alley Cat Allies.[4]

Programs[edit]

Low cost spay-neuter clinic[edit]

The organization offers low cost spay and neuter services for cats to low income residents of the states of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.[5]

Feral Cat Spay Day[edit]

On May 27, 2010, veterinarians across the U.S. were encouraged to participate in free or low-cost clinics for feral cats. Over 150 vets participated, including those in Canada and South Africa.[6] The event has continued each year, most recently on May 27, 2014.[7]

Trap-Neuter-Return[edit]

The organization offers trap-neuter-return services for community cats (feral and stray) in their locations of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., including a feral cat clinic with low cost spay and neuter services by appointment.[8]

Adoption[edit]

Adoption services are offered for about 250 cats and kittens a year, in a store-front location in Silver Spring, Maryland. "We find homes for abandoned, stray, and relinquished cats; we also socialize feral kittens and work to find barn homes for feral cats."[9]

Resources[edit]

Online resources are offered about feral cats, alternatives to declawing, and cat health,[10] and information on advocating for cats.[11] The organization maintains a list of "Cat Action Teams" who work to help feral cats all over the U.S.[12]

International Outreach[edit]

In 2007, the organization helped organize a free spay-neuter clinic for cats and dogs in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.[13]

In 2008, the organization gathered 12,000 signatures prior to the Beijing Winter Olympics and sent the petitions to the International Olympic Committee to encourage them not to host the games in countries that “clean their streets” of stray animals in preparation for the Olympics.[1]

The organization is also working to help save the African wildcat, and to help feral cats in South Africa.[14]

Awards[edit]

The organization's publications have won several awards:[15]

  • In 2002, ACR's newsletter, Alley Cat Mews, and handbook, Feral Cat Colony Management, each won a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers' Association.
  • In 2007, Alley Cat Mews won a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association.
  • In 2011, An Army of Ordinary People, an article by Maggie Funkhouser published in Alley Cat Mews, was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mission Statement", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Key Staff Members", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Alley Cat Rescue", Charity Navigator, accessed August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Farewell to a Founder", Alley Cat Action, Summer 2001, p. 2, archived at web.archive.org. This date conflicts with the date stated on the organization's website: "History", Alley Cat Rescue Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Feral Cat Spay Day (FCSD)", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Alley Cat Rescue's National Feral Cat Spay Day 2014", Denise Hilton, College Park Patch, May 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "Adoptions!", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Cat Information", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "Want to help cats in your neighborhood?", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "Need Help With Cats in Your Neighborhood?", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Alley Cat Rescue Announces Free Feral Cat Spay Day: Helping to Curb Cat Overpopulation", Newson6.com, January 25, 2010.
  14. ^ "African wildcats", Alley Cat Rescue, Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "History", Alley Cat Rescue Inc., accessed August 19, 2014.

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