Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Alley Cat Rescue Gives Thanks

With an economic crisis looming, cats have been faced with difficult times…they have been relinquished to shelters, abandoned in empty homes, and kicked out into the streets. But despite these hardships, cats across the country and here at ACR still have reason to celebrate. In the mix of hard times, dedication and a little courage bring small victories. ACR would like to give thanks for our victories this past year, no matter how big or small.

  • 462 cats were spayed or neutered, with 254 of them being TNRed.
  • 130 cats found permanent loving homes.
  • 160 cats were rescued from Rosecroft Racetrack after the facility closed.
  • We received over $7000 worth of item donations such as litter, food, blankets, cat furniture, toys).
  • We launched National Free Feral Cat Spay Day on April 27, 2010.
  •           150 veterinary clinics across the United States and South Africa participated.
  •           Over 200 feral cats were TNRed.
  • We launched our new E-newsletter, thanks to Network for Good and member donations.
  •            More than 2600 members receive our electronic alerts.
  • We attended the Best Friend’s No More Homeless Pets National Conference.
And Alley Cat Rescue is thankful for our amazing supporters! You've made each of these victories possible. Thank YOU!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act

The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, introduced in 2009 and supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, would support the conservation of wild big cats and canine populations around the world. Building on the existing Multinational Species Conservation Funds, the bill aims to lessen poaching and smuggling, protect critical habitat, and support education related to these charismatic species in their home countries. If enacted, the bill will provide additional funding to private conservation organizations by as much as three to one.

Sponsored by Congressman Jay Inslee from Washington state, the Act would mean increased protections for twelve species of wild cats and dogs globally, including leopards, cheetahs, snow leopards, and African wild dogs. And they need protecting more than ever: 80% of the world's wild feline species are in decline according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as are 25% of wild canine species.

The Act has already passed The House by a vote of 290 to 118, but now it sits in The Senate. If Congress does not pass these bills before adjourning for the holidays, years of hard work will have to be repeated. All the while, wild cat and dog populations will continue to decline. 

Help us get this bill passed before it's too late!

Please contact your Senators now and ask them to protect wildlife and its habitat by urging Majority Leader Reid to bring The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act to the floor before the Senate adjourns.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Something to Celebrate!

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Thanks to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Nassau, Delaware and Faithful Friends Animal Shelter in Wilmington, Delaware, Governor Jack Markell has declared October 16th National Feral Cat Day across the entire state! And on October 6th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HR952, recognizing October 16th as National Feral Cat Day and calling upon the people of Pennsylvania “to participate in the spaying and neutering of feral and stray cats in their neighborhood.” To read the resolution encouraging Pennsylvania to embrace TNR, please click here.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

I just finished Gwen Cooper’s extraordinary tale about a girl and a cat named Homer. But Homer is no ordinary cat; he is a cat who teaches us about ourselves and inspires us to be more courageous and daring…to live life in the moment. Homer teaches us how to laugh, how to love and how to trust.

Found as tiny abandoned kitten who beats all odds, Gwen adopts Homer with little clue on how to care for a blind cat. So, Homer quickly teaches her in his own special way…which includes rearranging furniture and taking many leaps of faith (from tall bookshelves). Along the way, Homer makes friends with two other felines, Scarlett and Vashti, and a couple of humans. Together, Gwen and Homer tell an amazing story of strength, love and hope, which is bound by no limits.

To read more about Homer's adventures and where you can purchase a copy of this great book, please visit