Alley Cat Allies, Inc.

The cats' leading advocate

aka Alley Cat Allies   |   Bethesda, MD   |  http://www.alleycat.org

Mission

Alley Cat Allies' mission is to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.

Ruling year info

1992

President & Founder

Ms. Rebecca R. Robinson

Main address

7920 Norfolk Avenue Suite 600

Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

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EIN

52-1742079

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Institutionalized killing of cats- More than 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there. Additionally, lethal cat control policies have been put in place by some institutions. Alley Cat Allies is committed to ending the killing and protecting the lives of cats in shelters.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Programs

Alley Cat Allies mobilizes grassroots and works directly with key decision makers across the country including government agencies, veterinarians, elected officials, corporations and activists to create positive, lifesaving change for cats. Also works to transform shelters by publishing blueprints that serve as handbooks and toolkits, produces literature and videos that clearly explain how to carry out safe, effective trap-neuter-return programs. This material is available to individuals and organizations alike-anyone who wants to help the cats and stop the killing. Created the innovative Feral Friends Network which is a database connecting individuals who want to help community cats and with veterinarians and experienced caregivers willing to share their knowledge and experience. Alley Cat Allies founded two feral cat spay/neuter clinics in the Washington, D.C. area. Also advocates preventive programs such as early-age spay/neuter and neuter-before-adoption to control unwanted litters, thus reducing both the numbers of cats who are killed in shelters and the growth of community cat colonies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Alley Cat Allies provides direct, hands on cat care including spay and neuter and humane education and kitten care. Also provides funding and resources for Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR), Shelter, Neuter, Return, (SNR), Return to Field (RTF), Veterinarian care, disaster emergency rescue and relief.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who have viewed the organization's educational webinars

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations, Age groups, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our webinars and educational materials teach individuals and groups how to help protect cats’ lives. Learn more at www.alleycat.org/webinar.

Pounds of pet food distributed to animal rescues/shelters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Related Program

Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Alley Cat Allies is building on its unprecendented statewide comitment to help animals caregivers of thousands of pounds of animal food across the country during COVID to keep families together.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We know that majority of people want positive outcomes for cats, but what happens in animal shelters doesn't line up with those beliefs. More than 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there. Additionally some institutions have put lethal cat control policies in place. Alley Cat Allies is committed to ending the killing and protecting the lives of cats. We seek to promote humane care and treatment for cats, provide access to better tools and education regarding Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and make connections between cat caregivers, veterinarians and advocates. Alley Cat Allies works directly with key decision makers and communities on critical cat lifesaving state and local policies that protects cats and caregivers.

For 31 years, Alley Cat Allies has led the movement for change. Our work includes global advocacy and education initiatives in addition to local campaigns designed to create sustainable change within communities. Alley Cat Allies mobilizes individuals and communities by sending staff experts to meet local advocates and decision makers, and present workshops about the humane treatment of cats, TNR, animal control and state and local policies. These efforts produce lifesaving changes.
We have developed world-recognized best practices for humane care of outdoor cats, and have produced materials, trainings, and advice on these practices for the millions of Americans providing care to stray and feral cats in their community. This includes guides to conducting Trap- Neuter-Return, Colony Care Guides, and providing tools for advocating within the community.

Alley Cat Allies is the only national organization dedicated to the protection of all cats. As leaders of the movement we have extensive expertise and use innovative approaches to change communities, create positive lifesaving change for cats.

• We have:
o Made Trap-Neuter-Return mainstream and accepted as the only effective approach to outdoor cat populations
o Established the Feral Friends Network
o Brought together experts and advocates for the first community cat conference in America
o Transformed shelters through advocacy and guidance
o Established the ongoing Boardwalk Cats Project in Atlantic City, NJ
o Founded National Feral Day, a national day of action that has grown to include events in all states and many countries worldwide And Global Cat Day
o Helped dozens of local governments design lifesaving ordinances and local policies.
o Reversed hundreds of of deadly local ordinances and policies and several state laws, replacing them nonlethal ordinances and policies that protect cats.
o Launched the Cat Help Desk to provide in depth guidance and advice to the millions of Americans with questions about cats
o Is established as the national expert on cat care.
• Have not:
o We continue working toward a world where healthy cats are no longer “euthanized" in shelters
o We work toward establishing TNR programs in all communities
o We need to increase public understanding of outdoor cats' role in the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Grassroots activists, cat caregivers, veterinarians

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alley Cat Allies, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Patricia Kauffman

Anne Lynch

Justin Oravetz

Kevin Lee

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/8/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Disability

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