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Calls for constructive city policies that support community mediation and humane care for cats


BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today condemned the unnecessary and divisive actions of Pompano Beach Animal Control for issuing a citation to a 72-year-old woman for feeding feral cats.


Although the longtime caregiver demonstrated good intentions by obtaining permission from the property owner to feed the spayed and neutered cats, animal control cited her for violating an obscure city policy that makes feeding feral cats illegal.


“Issuing citations doesn’t solve anything—the cats will still make their home there. Policies like the one in Pompano Beach only punish Good Samaritans and pit neighbors against each other, instead of working towards a lasting approach,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.


Robinson noted that Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane and effective approach to feral cats in any community, because feral cats are not socialized to people, cannot be adopted into homes, and are almost always killed in animal pounds or shelters.


“Key elements in any successful program are community relations—which includes techniques like mediation—as well as spay/neuter,” said Robinson.


In condemning animal control’s actions, Alley Cat Allies is calling on the city to adopt a more constructive policy that encourages community relations over punitive measures like fines and citations.


“Communities all over the country are recognizing the inadequacy of outdated policies such as these, which benefit neither the cats, nor the community. If the law in Pompano Beach encourages animal control to punish citizens over fostering understanding and education, it is simply a bad policy,” said Robinson.


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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Their website is

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