Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of cats, will conduct a special memorial service for two dozen felines killed and found hanging from a tree in Yonkers, NY this Sunday, May 10th, at 10:30 pm. Those who wish to participate are being asked to meet in the metered parking lot behind C.H. Martin Department Store, 2 Palisades Ave., Yonkers, and walk together two blocks down to the site where the cats were found. A large floral wreath with the text “In Memory of the Cats” will be placed at the site, and ordained minister Dina Lenore Cirigliano will give the eulogy.
In addition, Kristin A. Crage, a local animal advocate who is organizing the event, stated that Alley Cat Allies will be provide attendees with white flowers to carry at the memorial, as well as provide a "sharegraphic to post on social media (with the symbolic white flower) so supporters from across the country can virtually participate." The image is available on its website at www.alleycat.org/YonkersMemorial.
“Humans do not own this earth,” Crage stated. “We share it with animals and it's our responsibility to protect, watch over and respect them. All they want is our kindness.”
“Intentionally killing a cat, pet, stray and feral, is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” added Alley Cat Allies president and founder Becky Robinson. “We are working closely with the community and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.”
Anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case is urged to contact local police or the SPCA of Westchester confidential hotline at 914-941-7797. Those that prove valuable may be entitled to a reward. In addition to the memorial service, the organization is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the open case and local animal protection issues with the community next Thursday, May 15, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Riverview Restaurant, located at 1 Warburton Ave., Hastings on Hudson, New York.
To learn more about Alley Cat Allies visit www.alleycat.org