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July 26, 2007

Calling All Cat People

Alley Cat Allies Announces National Cat Advocacy Seminar in Washington, D.C. and Chance to Win Free Registration and Hotel

BETHESDA, Md., July 23, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Alley Cat Allies (ACA)today announced the 2007 National Cat Advocacy Seminar to be held in Washington, D.C. on October 12 and 13, 2007. Join Alley Cat Allies, the nationally recognized experts on improving the lives of outdoor cats, to learn how you can unite and mobilize to make nonlethal policies and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the norm.

TNR has been used in the United States for two decades. Millions of cats have been helped by private citizens. Yet, the largest documented cause of cat deaths in the United States is by our animal shelters and facilities where more than 7 out of 10 cats -- owned, stray, and feral are intentionally killed.

This seminar will cover topics from the best methods of feral cat care to learning how the law supports our goals to reform animal control policy. Topics will include:

* Unraveling complex and conflicting animal ordinances

* Conflict resolution and mediation to protect cats

* Changing the government's perception of caregivers

* New and successful TNR programs carried out by animal control

* Humane education is essential to TNR

* Learn how you and your vet can increase the number of cats you help

* Veterinary protocol: what do feral cats need?

The seminar will focus on how to understand ordinances, effectively communicate your message to animal control agencies and elected officials, and develop a TNR program that serves both the cats and the people.

ACA's Cat Advocacy Seminar is designed for feral cat advocates, shelter employees and volunteers, rescuers, and all others who want to change our country's animal control system and improve the lives of domestic cats. Through grassroots efforts, the feral cat movement has grown into a powerful force that elected officials recognize. But the truth is, our efforts can never fully succeed without bringing government into the process.

For more information, visit allycat.org.

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