070604_alleycats3Becky Robinson is President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies. With more than half a million supporters, Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s only advocacy organization and recognized authority on cats. Alley Cat Allies leads the movement to protect and improve the lives of all domestic cats.

Founded in 1990, Alley Cat Allies filled the need for a U.S.-based organization providing education and resources for the countless people caring for outdoor cats. Under Robinson’s leadership, and based on years of hands-on investigation and expertise, Alley Cat Allies developed best practices for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats in the U.S. that are still in place today. Robinson also launched three spay/neuter clinics in the Washington, D.C., area that serve as models for feral cat veterinary care.

Alley Cat Allies is leading a national change in how communities view and treat outdoor cats. Since Robinson started the discussion on, and practice of, TNR in the U.S. 23 years ago, two states—Illinois and Utah—and the District of Columbia have adopted TNR-friendly laws, and more than 350 local governments have ordinances allowing or endorsing TNR. Working directly with volunteers, Alley Cat Allies has helped humanely stabilize and reduce the size of cat colonies through TNR. Shelter

Robinson holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a B.A. in Social Work from Bethany College. She lives with her husband and five cats in Arlington, Va., where they care for a feral cat colony.

At the 2014 American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference, Becky will join forces with attorney Liz Holtz to present about current & emerging Animal Control ordinances pertaining to cats. Understanding animal control ordinances and local municipal code as it applies to cats owned and unowned is vital  for anyone interested in saving feral and fractious cats in their own communities. Recently passed ordinances about cats within local Texas governments will be explained, and attendees will leave feeling inspired!

Register now: www.americanpetsalive2014.eventbrite.com

 

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