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August Edition

Thanks to the support of loyal donors like you, we’ve been very busy this month protecting cats around the country. Here are just a few of our current projects and successes:
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Radnor Township, Pennsylvania Raises Hands in Support of TNR

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This Monday, the Board of Commissioners in Radnor Township, Penn., voted to adopt a very positive resolution supporting Trap-Neuter-Return. Alley Cat Allies’ Law & Policy staff members, attorney Liz Holtz and Amanda Novotny, traveled to Radnor Township to speak at the hearing and support local residents. And residents showed up in full force. Nearly 80 people attended the meeting, and about 15 people spoke—all in support of TNR. When a Commissioner asked who was there in support of TNR, every single person raised their hand. When he asked who was against it, there wasn’t a single hand in the air.

Learn how you can change your own community for cats.

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What Will They Choose—Free Rabies Vaccinations or Killing Cats?

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Alley Cat Allies is offering free rabies vaccinations for cats in South Newton Township, Penn., if the township retracts a plan to catch and kill outdoor cats. In July, the township’s leaders announced they had hired a company specializing in “wildlife nuisance control” to catch and kill all outdoor cats, after one cat tested positive for rabies. The announcement has caused public outcry, and the company that the township said would do the trapping has declined the work because of moral and ethical issues.

The catching and killing of outdoor cats has been practiced for decades, but does nothing to protect the public from the threat of rabies.

ZERO documented cases of cat-to-human rabies transmission in past 40 years.

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Get Ready! National Feral Cat Day® is Coming Soon

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Our 13th annual National Feral Cat Day® is only two months away! On October 16, advocates all over the country will host events to bring attention to feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return. This year, we’re focusing on shelter transformation since there’s no better way to create sustainable change for cats.

To celebrate the National Feral Cat Day® 2013 launch, Alley Cat Allies just released a resource for shelters looking to make simple changes to save more cats, and for activists who want to help their local shelter advance its practices. “Transforming Shelters to Save More Cats” outlines positive changes shelters can make and highlights communities that have changed their practices and are already seeing reduced rates of cats killed in their shelters, stabilized outdoor cat populations, and widespread community support for their new approaches.

Register, get gear, and check out events near you at NationalFeralCatDay.org.

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Adoptable Cat: Meet Cannoli!

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Cannoli is a beautiful and spunky 3-year-old cat. Although she has an eartip, she’s extremely sociable and loves people. This friendly gal likes to be held and cuddled and will roll onto her head when you pet her! Cannoli is very playful, so a home with older kids would be better. She would prefer to be your one-and-only, and promises to shower you with affection and entertain you endlessly with her antics. Adopt this sweet girl today!

More awww-inducing photos of super-sweet Cannoli.

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John Fulton Dishes on All Things Feline

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Ever wondered what a band of cats would sound like? You'll find out in this new interview with John Fulton, host of Animal Planet's Must Love Cats! John also reveals his favorite cat meme, his cats’ names, and what he likes most about hosting Must Love Cats! John is a special guest at Alley Cat Allies’ National Conference: Architects of Change for Cats Nov. 8 to 10 near Washington, D.C. The conference will feature more than 25 presentations from national animal protection leaders, veterinarians, shelter directors, and other visionaries whose work has dramatically transformed the nation’s animal shelter system.

WATCH: John Fulton performs the Feline Furries’ hit single.

Meet John at our National Conference.

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Quick Notes

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Speaking of cats… Using the words “problem,” “rehabilitate,” “euthanize,” and “wild” can be misleading when discussing feral cats. Learn why.

Webinar tonight! Join us TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EDT for our FREE Helping Cats in Your Community Webinar! Register here.

Veterinarians’ support of TNR is critical. Ask your veterinarian (DVM) to sign this letter supporting TNR.

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