Alley Cat Rescue, Inc.

Leading the way for humane care for all cats

aka ACR   |   Brentwood, MD   |  www.saveacat.org

Mission

ACR's programs promote better care for community cats through trap-neuter-return. Local programs include placing unwanted cats in new homes, running a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, and providing support for local feral cat caretakers. Nationally we operate a network of CAT ACTION TEAMS across the U.S. Our May Spay Challenge has developed a national network of veterinarians offering free or low-cost TNR services. ACR's mission is to lead the way for humane care for all cats.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Louise Holton

Director of Planning and Administration

Desiree Stapley

Main address

3906 Rhode Island Ave

Brentwood, MD 20722 USA

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EIN

52-2279100

NTEE code info

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

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ACR is working to address the problem of outdoor cat overpopulation in a humane and proactive manner. Our ultimate goal is to decrease the numbers of outdoor cats that suffer from hunger and disease, as well as those killed in shelters. We provide educational materials to prevent cat abandonment and promote and facilitate spaying/neutering all cats.

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?

Adoption Program

ACR Rescue's cats from various situations and places them in forever homes. From kill-shelters, individuals, cat colonies, and natural disasters. Prior to adoption, all of our cats are spayed or neutered, tested for FIV/FeLV, vaccinated, treated for external/internal parasites and micro-chipped.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We promote spay/neuter through our low-cost spay/neuter program and our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Feral Fix Challenge campaign reoccurs annually and asks veterinarians to provide as many free or low- cost spays/neuters to community cats as possible during the month of May. Since inception in 2010, over 1,500 vet clinics from 45 U.S. states, Canada, South Africa, India, Israel, Croatia, Antigua, Nicaragua, Greece, Dubai, England, and Japan have sterilized more than 130,000 community cats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Alley Cat Rescue's team provides community cat training to municipalities, community cat caretakers, and animal control officers on the best TNR practices and colony management.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Muse Medallion 1997

Cat Writers Association

Muse Medallion 2002

Cat Writers Association

Presidents Award 2004

Cat Writers Association

Muse Medallion 2007

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 1998

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 1999

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 1999

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2000

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2002

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2004

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2004

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2006

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2007

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2011

Cat Writers Association

Susan Willett, Elsa Clair’s Gold-Medal Purr-formance 2016

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2016

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2016

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2017

Cat Writers Association

Certificate of Excellence 2017

Cat Writers Association

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign

Independent Charities of America

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 animals who have been spayed or neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Spay/Neuter Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are spay/neuter totals from all programs (TNR, low-cost S/N, adoptions) for that particular year.

Number of animals who have been vaccinated against rabies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These totals include cats who received a rabies vaccine as part of our TNR, low-cost S/N, or adoption program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

ACR aims to educate, promote, and increase participation in TNR, both in the United States and abroad. Additionally, ACR advocates for legislation that supports TNR efforts throughout the country. ACR provides free or low-cost spay/neuter clinics for feral as well as pet cats, as well as finds forever homes for adoptable cats and kittens. Furthermore, ACR strives to protect the genetic integrity of the African wildcat in South Africa through a robust TNR program.

ACR provides educational materials about TNR on our website, demonstrating the value and efficacy of TNR, and support to those interested in engaging in TNR. ACR also updates supporters bimonthly with a newsletter detailing the latest news and events involving ACR. Finally, ACR maintains a significant online presence, and engage with the public through daily posts that highlight upcoming events and demonstrate the meaningful work that ACR is doing.
ACR is building coalitions between the veterinary community, cat caretakers, animal shelters, health professionals, wildlife agencies, town councils and city mayors. Coalitions between the above-mentioned parties work on overturning ordinances that may deter anyone from taking on the care of a colony.

ACR has a large donor base, which helps provide the funds to achieve these goals. ACR works in partnership with veterinarians across the country that participate in free and low-cost clinics. ACR has staff in Maryland and Los Angeles, who perform various tasks including but not limited to updating the website, preparing newsletters, and promoting causes and raising awareness through social media. Furthermore, ACR has staff in South Africa, who oversee the African wildcat project.

ACR has achieved numerous accomplishments since its’ inception in 2001, most notably TNR’ing thousands of cats across the United States. Additionally, ACR has educated people about the benefits of TNR and encouraged them to participate, and offered support where needed. An increase in TNR means less lives lost in shelters to euthanasia, which is a huge accomplishment. ACR has also worked in conjunction with South Africans to help prevent the hybridization of African wildcats and preserve the genetic integrity of the species. Areas of focus that still need to be addressed are pushing for pro-TNR legislation throughout the country, as well as educating even more people about the benefits of TNR.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Alley Cat Rescue, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Louise Holton

President and Founder

Peggy Hilden

No Affliation

Virginia Messina

No Affliation

Marsha Dabolt

Outlaw Kitties

Susanna Delman

Elizabeth Marshall

Thomas Smith

Roger Tabor

Desiree Stapley

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability