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December Edition

Happy holidays from Alley Cat Allies! Thanks to your support, we’ve been very busy this month protecting cats around the country. Here are just a few of our current projects and topics of interest:

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Wait Until 8 Saves Kittens in Hillsborough County, Florida

eNews_FeaturedPhoto_WaitTil8.jpg With our support, the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center enacted a Wait Until 8 program that has saved over 114 kittens since spring! The program empowers people to care for neonatal kittens until they are eight weeks old—when they can safely be spayed/neutered—before bringing them to the shelter. Now when someone brings in neonatal kittens, shelter staff provide them with individualized instruction and an Alley Cat Allies-supplied kit of formula, bottles, and more. Once the kittens are eight weeks old, caregivers can bring them back to be spayed/neutered and adopted.  Read more about the Wait Until 8 program and how it’s saving 2/3 of kittens brought into the shelter.

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Richland, Missouri Embraces TNR

Richmond Missouri embraces TNR With Alley Cat Allies’ support, Richland, Missouri is nearing its goal of conducting TNR for every community cat in the city! In March, we helped Richland pass its TNR ordinance, and since then we have provided two grants to bolster the city’s TNR efforts. The still ongoing grants have already funded spay/neuter and vaccinations for over 600 cats out of an estimated 900-1000 in Richland! With Richland as a model, we continue to help cities all over the state and country embrace TNR ordinances of their own. Learn more about our great work in Richland and its successful TNR program

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Maryland Awards $600K to Spay/Neuter Cats

Maryland awards $600K to Spay/Neuter Maryland is funding crucial spay/neuter services for community cats! In November, the Maryland Department of Agriculture awarded almost $600,000 in grants to nonprofits and government agencies to spay/neuter community cats and pets of low-income citizens. The grants are part of Maryland’s new spay/neuter program designed to reduce the number of cats and dogs killed in shelters. They are the first round of grants to cover community cats, and they will fund thousands of lifesaving surgeries. Read more about Maryland’s grants to protect community cats.

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Making Humane Change in Lake County, Florida

Making Humane Change in Lake County, FL Alley Cat Allies is helping Lake County, Florida change their shelter and community to protect cats. We traveled to Lake County in November to hold a workshop for the community, and visit Lake County Animal Services (LCAS) to educate shelter staff about humane approaches to community cats. We proposed shelter reform policies like eartip protection and diverting cats to TNR programs to help LCAS save more cats. Shelter overseer Captain Todd Luce and his staff were very open to the changes, and we look forward to working with them make it happen. Learn more about our progress in Lake County.

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New Resources: Shelter Series

New Shelter Series Our new Shelter Series gives animal shelters the tools and protocols they need to protect cats. The Shelter Series consists of toolkits that provide detailed guides to create programs that manage concerns about cats and TNR, provide foster care, and effectively communicate with the public. The series was created to empower shelters to take charge and make humane, lifesaving change. We thank Humane Network for working with us to write these invaluable guides—they will help save even more cats’ lives!  Explore the Shelter Series toolkits.

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Adoptable Cat: Julius

Adopt Julius Julius is a loveable five-year-old with an adorable half-orange head. He showed up at a colony in New Jersey in rough shape, but Alley Cat Allies staff moved quickly and got him care. Now Julius is maintaining his health, but due to his kidney disease, he is looking for a permanent foster home. Julius is very sweet and is a calm and relaxing companion! If you’re interested in becoming his permanent foster parent, Alley Cat Allies will pay for medical expenses and food for the rest of Julius’ life. All you need to do is provide the love! Find out how to take Julius home today.

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