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Alley Cat Rescue, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: ACR is the nation''s first National Cat Protection Association. Cats are the most popular companion animal, yet they still face many dangers and much misinformation is spread about cat predation and humane control of feral cat colonies. ACR provides scientific & medical information on all aspects of cat health, behavior problems, cat predation, rabies control, zoonotic diseases. ACR is a world leader in TNR for feral colonies, and the foremost experts in feral cat behavior and humane management of stray and feral cats. The main focus of ACR is to help all cats: stray, feral and wild--ACR assists the international community and has worked in Mexico and South Africa, as our TNR Handbook is being translated into Korean to help TNR programs in that country. We have helped cats in Israel, Australia, and other countries.

Results: Each year we place about 200-250 cats into loving homes and spay/neuter around 450 cats.

Programs: ACR works on several fronts: locally we help feral and stray cats in our own backyard in the D.C. Metropolitan area. ACR rescues stray and abandoned cats, provides vet. care and sterilization, and finds them good homes.We trap and TNR feral cats.Nationally, ACR provides educational materials on all aspects of caring for domestic Housecats and feral cats.ACR promotes early-age sterilization and neuter-before-adoption, ensuring that ALL cats placed in homes are sterilized first.ACR runs national C.A.T. programs--volunteer Cat Action Teams all across the country provide help to the public to care for strays and ferals in their neighborhoods to reduce the overpopulation of cats across the United States.

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Rating: 5

This is a charity that really cares about cats. It was a pioneer in introducing the trap-neuter-return for feral cats. They have since asked vets to spay or neuter two feral cats for free on April 27th (which is Feral Cat Spay Day.) So far 600 vets from 42 states have sterilized over 4300 cats. They also maintain a shelter for cats and take good care of their cats and work hard to find homes for them. M. Rosenman

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I live in a wooded area on a road that people typically abandon their unwanted cats. Fall brings an influx of cats as people returning from the shore often abandon their "summer house" cats before moving back home. One year there were sixteen cats and I reached out to Alley Cat to see if they would assist with low cost spaying and neutering by either negotiating with a clinic or providing some funds to help defray costs. Several letters to them went unanswered, but they did put me on their mailing list in an attempt to solicit donations. I found a neutering clinic willing to provide the service at a discounted rate and needless to say I file Alley Cat fundraising letters in the trash.

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