Mission: Alley cat allies mission is to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats. Our three largest activities include providing resources, programs, and outreach to protect and improve the lives of cats (humane care and outreach), advocating for and supporting policies that are in the best interest of cats (law and policy), and increasing understanding of cats (education and awareness).
Programs: Humane care and outreach - the organization provides direct, hands-on cat and kitten care in atlantic city, nj and many other cities and counties across the country to further mission impact. The organization also provides funding and resources to nonprofit 501(c)(3) cat groups who need support with trap-neuter-return (tnr), veterinary costs, or other related issues. The organization provides training, workshops, webinars, conferences, networking and collaborations.
advocacy - the organization mobilizes grassroots and works directly with key decision makers such as elected officials, government agencies, veterinarians, corporations to create positive change for cats.
law & policy - the organization identifies, educates and mobilizes grassroots and works with key decision makers on critical state and local policy issues such as tnr ordinances. The organization also provides resources to achieve justice in the multiple cat cruelty cases typically faced each year across the country.
shelter transformation - the organization's latest research suggests that one cat is killed in the u. S. Shelter system every 15 seconds. The organization is working to transform shelters by publishing and promoting 'blueprints' that serve as handbooks and toolkits, providing grants and resources, providing onsite webinars and workshops, and working with community leaders on collaboration and ordinance changes.
This organization helped my family over 10 years ago with education and affordable services, and they still send us information. We were able to afford to trap, neuter, vaccinate and repair the shattered leg of a local stray cat. Due to his need for indoor recovery from surgery he became part of our family and is still bringing us immeasurable joy today. We ONLY adopt our pets and we always do so through local animal welfare groups. If we still lived in the Washington, DC area we would be supporting this charity with monetary donations and volunteer time, as it is, our physical and financial support goes to our local organizations serving similar purposes on the upper Eastern Shore of Md., but we are happy to provide support through this endorsement of Alley Cat Allies. I suspect their Charity Rating will improve as their efforts stabilize and they can bring their organizational and fund raising expenses down as a percentage of donations. I heartily recommend supporting this organization in whatever way you can.