Alley Cat Allies is launching the Architects of Change for Cats conference November 8-10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. They recently announced four Blueprint Sessions highlighting communities that have implemented innovative programs to save the lives of cats which are already seeing the results:
- Spartanburg, South Carolina – Learn about how the Spartanburg Animal Services team launched a citywide TNR program and brought the community together to save cats’ lives. Their lively social media presence has garnered national attention to the program and keeps them close to the community they serve.
- Fairfax County, Virginia – Fairfax County was one of the first shelters in the Washington, D.C. area to begin a TNR program. Almost 3,000 cats have gone through the program since its inception in 2008. Conference attendees will hear all about the program’s remarkable results. This spring, during the height of kitten season, the shelter had no kittens for the first time ever.
- Laurel, Maryland – When Laurel citizens wanted to help their outdoor cat population, they did their homework and realized TNR was the way to go. They organized, got resources, got the city on board, and even formed a TNR group. Hear how they started their TNR program, which is constantly growing to accommodate high demand.
- San Jose, California – San Jose Animal Care and Services in California abandoned the catch and kill method in 2010 and now conducts TNR. As a result, the shelter’s cat intake has decreased by 25% over the last three years, and they’ve discovered other ways TNR is having a positive impact on their live release rates. Learn how the department’s public education efforts have helped ensure the program’s success.
“We are looking forward to bringing together some of the most progressive, successful advocates in the movement to protect cats at Alley Cat Allies’ national conference this November,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies in her recent newsletter.
To learn more and register for the conference, visit this website page.
Alley Cat Allies is located at 7920 Norfolk Avenue #600, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. Read more about them at AlleyCat.org
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