Shelters across the country are altering their policies and programs to save more cats from the unnecessary and horrific death chamber. Alley Cat Allies is launching a new initiative to work directly with shelters helping them implement humane policies for cats.
This year Alley Cat Allies National Feral Cat Day® Challenge focuses on joining forces with your local shelters to protect even more cats. ACA's National Feral Cat Day® Awards Program will support five shelters that commit to an official Feral Cat Protection Policy (FCPP). A Feral Cat Protection Policy means that they stop impounding feral cats, and support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). The Feral Cat Protection Policy is the number one lifesaving program for cats.
When shelters stop impounding neighborhood cats, cat intake decreases, community buy-in increases, and lives are protected. Instead of impounding community cats shelters can re-route them to TNR programs where they are neutered/spayed, vaccinated and returned to their colony.
Shelters chosen to participate will receive:
- $5,000 in seed money to support your Feral Cat Protection Policy initiative.
- Written protocol and standard operating procedures for implementing new programs and procedures.
- Staff support and guidance from Alley Cat Allies as you launch this and other initiatives to save cats’ lives.
- Increased visibility for your shelter through local promotional support and placement in Alley Cat Allies’ high-traffic news vehicles.
To enter your local shelter they need to fill out a form found on the Alley Cat Allies website http://nationalferalcatday.org/awards/. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, September 20, 2013. Please email email@example.com or call 1-855-340-CATS (2287) with any questions.
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