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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Alley Cats and Angels (AC&A) is dedicated to the improving the lives of the stray, abandoned, and feral cats in the Triangle. We promote compassionate and humane treatment of cats through: *Rescue, sterilization, foster care and adoption of homeless cats * Educating the public on compassionate care and the importance of spaying and neutering *TNR (trap/neuter/return) programs for feral cats *Finding barn homes for feral cats in unsafe situations

Results: In 2012 alone we safely relocated 29 feral and semi-feral cats from high-risk situations to safe barn and garden homes, sterilized and vaccinated 323 cats and kittens through our spay/neuter voucher program (Alter and Alley Cat), adopted out 278 cats and kittens

Target demographics: improve the lives of the stray, abandoned, and feral cats, as well as the overall reduction of homeless cats in the Triangle through our adoption, barn cat, and spay/neuter assistance programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: safely relocated 29 feral and semi-feral cats from high-risk situations to safe barn and garden homes, sterilized and vaccinated 323 cats and kittens through our spay/neuter voucher program (Alter and Alley Cat), adopted out 278 cats and kittens

Geographic areas served: Triangle area of NC

Programs: Adoption Program Barn Cat Program TNR Education and Assistance Alter An Alley Cat Low Cost Spay / Neuter Assistance Program

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

datm

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Callie (originally named Inara) 4 years ago and it was an awesome experience. We saw Callie's photo on their website and emailed them asking if she would be at their upcoming event so we could meet her. They responded to us promptly and coordinated with her foster parents to make sure she would be there. They take great pains to ensure that each adoption is a good match and they do a follow-up call to make sure there are no problems. One of the foster parents even provided us with pictures taken shortly after her birth. I cannot compliment this organization enough. They provide a great service to the community.

1 Karen M T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer (foster, events helper, admin stuff) with AC&A for six years. The care given to cats in the programs (adoption and barn) is outstanding. In addition the voucher program provides a low (or even no!) cost alternative for people to get their cats spayed/neutered. It's a really great organization full of dedicated volunteers looking to do the best for the cats.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of all volunteers! I adopted two kittens from them five years ago. From the very first contact I had with them they were great. I was impressed with their professionalism as well as how socialized the kitties were and how neat and clean their area was at the adoption event. They truly care about felines and go above and beyond to help them. So thankful for them and all the lives they save!

1 Cheryl70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a feral caregiver and advocate of TNR - Trap/Neuter/Return - I have firsthand experience in working with Alley Cats & Angels and have a comprehensive understanding in their role of saving lives in our community. I have lost count of how many kittens I have personally trapped that have ended up in the caring and capable hands of AC&A. By far, they are the most responsive and pro-active rescue in our area in the education of the plight of feral cats and their offspring and they work tirelessly to care for and socialize kittens that have the good fortune of being admitted to their adoption program. They, by far, exceed their willingness to take on the hard luck cases and will do everything in their power to ensure a good outcome for each and every animal. Their compassion extends to their adoption program in ensuring that the cats that are adopted are a good fit and that these cats also end up in good homes. The success of this group is a direct result of the tireless efforts of its founder and volunteers and every penny donated goes to the care of these animals. You cannot say enough good things about this group.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My role in the feral overpopulation in our area of North Carolina is that of caretaker of 8+ feral colonies, consisting of TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return), colony management, and education. I have become affiliated with several rescues, adoption centers, and TNR clinics in the 8 years of daily hands on interaction with feral cats. My experience with Alley Cats and Angels is one of the best of all the organizations that I have encountered. This group is all volunteer and they sink every earned penny into the well being of the cats, as there are no salaries drawn by any individuals nor a structure to house these kitties as overhead. ALL cats and kittens are placed in foster care and are rotated to different fosters to provide them the best socialization opportunities. This group of wonderful volunteers understands ferals and works diligently to socialize kittens, allowing them opportunities as pampered pets, as their screening process is second to none. Their "vetting" requirements are stricter than most and they do not pinch pennies when it comes to the health of these cats & kittens. On a personal note, they stepped in and paid emergency vet treatment for a sick kitten that I removed from a colony, which suddenly developed neurologic symptoms though otherwise healthy. They do not "blink" when it comes to offering care and a second lease on life to kittens and cats that are otherwise rejected by most other local rescue organizations. They also donate food to my colony efforts whenever they are able, which helps me immensely in keeping up financially in my feral management.
You will not find a better organization and group of volunteers which make this group so reputable and huge advocates for these animals. The economy has taken an enormous toll on groups such as this and additional funding would go a long way in helping Alley Cats and Angels to continue their mission.
PLEASE consider seriously this organization. They go out of their way and work tirelessly to help these animals. They are true "Angels" in our quest to reduce feral population in North Carolina.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from Alley Cats and Angels and it was a great experience. They asked the right questions to make sure the cats were being adopted into good homes but we not intrusive.

One thing I appreciated is when the adoption counselor told me some habits of the cat that weren't always the best (will steal food in a second, etc.). She said she wasn't trying to scare me away but they believe in telling people "the good, the bad, and the ugly" about each cat because if there is a behavioral habit/issue that someone is not willing to accept or work to change, it's not the right fit - and they want it to be the right fit. The cat I was interested in was not the right fit because of some behavioral quirks, but I ended up adopting another cat from them. I am so pleased with the process and how thoroughly the cats are vetted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and foster home for Alley Cats and Angels of NC. This group makes sure that rescued cats get to try different foster homes to see what kind of personality they have and compatibility with kids, dogs, and other cats. This helps the adoption coordinators place the right cats with the right forever homes for maximum success. They really care about what happens to each cat even after the adoption, following up with the adopters and always taking any cat back, even years later, if something happens.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing, dedicated cat rescue. I've been aware of them for years and helped occasionally with petsitting some of their special needs (medical issues/behavioral issues) lifelong fosters. Extremely knowledgeable! I am most impressed by the "Trap, Neuter, & Release" program which assists barn cats and other feral felines who are not suitable for a "forever home" to continue their lives without being euthanized. I also appreciate the dedication they put into their fosters in terms of making sure they can ALWAYS come back to the rescue if the situation they were adopted into changes -- they keep a life long commitment to bringing those animals back into the rescue & caring for it. Incredible. We need more rescues like this one.

solo.dev

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted several kittens from this group, they are always up front, walk you through the adoption process, and are willing to continue any conversation with you after an adoption. Many times I had a question and I contacted the group, and the help recieved was always courteous and helpful.

This is, by far, the best adoption group in and out ofor the Raleigh NC area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother and I helped foster kittens for ACAA, and they had always been helpful any time that we had questions. We er proud to have been in this community helpful people that just wanted to get cats and kittens adopted, providing a better life for the animals in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alley cats and angels is the only rescue I support. They are compassionate, responsible, and accountable. Their volunteers are dedicated to the well-being of stray and feral cats that come into their rescue and spend countless hours caring for these animals. They also do wonderful fundraising and educational work.

1 Jessica288

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were lucky enough to be adopted by our cat Hooligan two years ago, whom we got through Alley Cats and Angels. It's such a wonderful organization. Local, active, caring, humane. A true voice for our feline friends. Thanks to the amazing people who work/volunteer there, we get to come home to Hooli hugs, kisses, and nuzzles on a daily basis. Would definitely recommend giving them a try.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alley Cats and Angels is an amazing all-volunteer organization. The volunteers go above and beyond in caring for kittens and cats. The cats in their foster care are loved and well-socialized and people look forward to adopting them. Vets have told clients how impressed the are with the healthiness of cats adopted from Alley Cats and Angels. I have personal experience with the organization as an adopter of two cats as well as a volunteer and rave about the organization to everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just cannot say enough about this wonderful organization and all they do for the cat population. They have helped me get a disabled man and his colony help with the over population on his property. Over the years they have been able to help kittens dumped at my feral colonies homes. I am so grateful for this organization. I too volunteer for them. You could not go wrong adopting or volunteeeing for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best of the best. The kitties are well socialized and exceptionally well cared for. They have a wonderful vet who cares for their kitties needs and makes sure they are healthy. I had researched several organizations to volunteer my time to and chose Alley Cats and Angels for many reasons with integrity being at the top of the list. They do all they can to save as many kitties as they can and treat them all with so much love.

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2 Sharon187

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i would like to express my gratitude to Alley cats and Angels for all the help they gave us in getting our colony of cats and kittens under control. They supplied the vouchers so we could get all the adult cats out here spayed and neutered. They took all the kittens, even the ones that needed medical attention , got them well, and found forever home for over 20 kittens. That was in Sept. 2014. The last litter of kittens were born in Oct. 2014, and we have not had any kittens born since. Thank you Alley Cat and Angels, We could not have done this without your help. We also started volunteering during the time ya'll were helping us.

2 Amber87

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond to help these fur babies have a place in this world. They show them what a home and love are. The team, volunteers, and everyone are awesome!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have been involved with Alley Cats and Angels for almost 2 years now. Anytime I have a question,concern or need I am able to get several members of the group to contact with answers, solutions or a contact to get an animal services or needs met. They run a great organization and have been a asset to the feral cat populations of Wake County. Building shelters,having barns available these ladies go above and beyond for the protection and needs of stray cats in our County. They are smart and thoughtful in their adoptions and truly care for every cat that has been put in their care or services. They are a great group.

3 Tux C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond uncaring for the cats and making sure they go to good homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alley Cats and Angels has helped me spay/neuter a lot of feral and stray cats at very little cost to me because I could not afford it. They did not judge me for not having much money, but were helpful and appreciative that I was tyring to prevent more kittens from being born.

They have also taken in some kittens that were born before I could get all the cats spayed. The kittens got great medical care, Alley Cats and Angels make sure the cats have all their vaxes before being adopted, not just the first set. They also work hard to find the right home for the right now. It's not about the number of adoptions with them, it's about the right adoptions.

3 Angela92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I am Angela. .I adopted my furr baby "Peaches " about two years ago!...I must say.....Alley cats and Angels are the MOST AMAZING group of loving people i have ever met!..They all truly love and do every thing they can to help and protect these kitties! ..And are very thorough when you try to adopt making sure that there babies find wonderful FOREVER HOMES!...My Peaches and experience with this group was and still is the best thing in my life!...We love you guys!...PLEASE....KEEP UP ALL OF THE HARD...AWESOME WORK YOU DO!... love Peaches and Angela

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I both were searching for a FOREVER FRIEND to love and be a part of our family!! AC&A "blessed" us with "PEACHES" and "TOPEKA"...Both kitties were healthy ..well cared for ..LOVED..And very happy when we adopted them!! But I was even more impressed with how AC&A VOLUNTEERS checked "US OUT"...AC&A Truly CARE about the homes and families they place their kitties with!! AND to ME ....THAT MATTERS THE MOST!!! Even after we adopted ....They still check on our babies!!! My daughter and I Highly recommend adopting from this AWESOME group of people who really do ..CARE ABOUT CATS!! Thanks you guys ..from the bottom of my heart, for EVERYTHING you do for kitties and their new families!! Angela Mundy and Megan Mundy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've got both my cats from AC&A and two years later they are still the loves of my life. The process of adopting was smooth but still thorough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I owe a big thank you to the wonderful volunteers at Alley Cats who brought me my sweet Juliet. Their great care of her and her sisters allowed me to find her and adopt her. They also helped me when another sweet girl showed up on my doorstep a few weeks later. They were very kind and brought us into the Alley Cats family, before I ultimately decided to adopt her as well. This organization has people who genuinely care and do wonderful work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with them a lot through PetSmart and they are wonderful, caring people. They went out of their way to house my cat for a month until I moved to a place I could have her.