Cat Café Program

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The Cat Café Program is based on the fundamental belief that our feral, abandoned, or stray free-roaming community cats have as much a right to live as any other creature.

The goal of the Cat Café Program is to drastically reduce the number of animals impounded and euthanized in our shelter while continuously educating the community and generating humane solutions. The program works with resorts, restaurants, condominium associations, businesses and individuals to implement and teach long-term management of our community cats.

Volunteers Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain (TNRM) the feral cats. TNRM is the most effective and humane method of controlling overpopulation. The cats are identified by ear-tipping (removal of ½ inch of the left ear while the cat is anesthetized for spaying or neutering). Ear-tipping is the universal symbol to permanently identify a feral cat that has been tested, evaluated and sterilized. It ensures that a feral cat won’t undergo unnecessary repeat trapping and surgery. Click on the cat below to see our TNRM flyer.

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When feral cats are trapped, neutered and released back to their original locations, their numbers can be controlled. The daily feeding and monitoring is provided by volunteers and it improves the quality of life for the colonies resulting in a vast decrease in population growth. To view some of our Cat Cafés click here.

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Young kittens that can still be socialized, as well as friendly adult cats captured through this program, are placed in foster care until they are adopted into forever homes. Each year the Lucky Paws Foundation finds loving homes for hundreds of cats.

With our assistance resorts such as Bluebeards Beach Club, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, The Ritz Carlton, Sugar Bay and the Island View Guest House have been able to manage their colonies in a humane and effective manner but we need 100% participation in order to fully control the overpopulation crisis.

TNRM is a movement that is growing by leaps and bounds as communities see its benefits and potential. It is supported by all animal welfare organizations and in many communities has become the preferred and most effective method of overpopulation control. For more information on feral cats visit: www.alleycat.org

We need your help to tackle the daunting task to save more feline lives from a challenging and often misunderstood existence. Won’t you join us in our lifesaving efforts? Support our no-kill mission by donating today through the link below.

The Cat Café directors are also available to give presentations to resorts, businesses and various other interested groups on the many benefits of instituting a TNRM program. To volunteer or start a colony, please contact the program director at (340) 513-1854.

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Click here to see the Cat Café program in the St. Thomas Source.

 

Alley Cat Allies Grant Supports USVI Hurricane Recovery

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands – Feb. 13, 2018 – Alley Cat Allies, the global engine of change for cats, has provided a grant of $5,000 to the Lucky Paws Foundation of St. Thomas for food, supplies and Trap-Neuter-Return work with cats on the island. Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated this community in September, leaving countless animals abandoned and/or lost. Critical recovery work to care for the island’s cats continues to this day.

“The Lucky Paws Foundation is making amazing progress finding and caring for cats impacted by the hurricanes,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Their work has been incredibly difficult due to disruptions of supply lines and communications, so Alley Cat Allies is happy to do what we can to enable them to continue their life-saving efforts.”

During the storms, many residents evacuated, leaving pets behind to fend for themselves. Resources were already scarce, and the hurricane made it nearly impossible for shipments of life-saving pet food and supplies to reach the island. Lucky Paws Foundation was already caring for 400 community cats who live in the outdoors throughout St. Thomas, and that number spiked after the storms. Every one of the organization’s 40 feeding stations, called cat cafes for their unique architecture and painting, were completely destroyed.

“We’re so thankful to Alley Cat Allies for their support, not only with this generous grant, but for the ongoing expertise and encouragement they continue to give,” Holodenschi said.

Lucky Paws Foundation and its president, Dellia Holodenschi, have been conducting systematic TNR on St. Thomas for ten years, during which time they have managed to spay/neuter 4,000 owned and community cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only humane and effective approach to outdoor cat populations. It is good public policy because it reduces shelter intake and “euthanasia” numbers. This reduces calls of concern to animal control agencies, which saves taxpayer dollars in the process. Scientific studies show that TNR immediately ends the cycle of breeding and stabilizes the population of cats, improves the lives of community cats and improves their relationships with people who live near them. Thousands of communities such as St. Thomas conduct TNR, and that number continues to grow because of the success of these programs.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 650,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.

Media Contact:

Peter Osborne, 513-639-7455