Alley Cat Rescue’s Mission



This article is posted as part of PGAA’s curation efforts. This was originally posted at Save A Cat – Alley Cat Rescue


Alley Cat Rescue’s (ACR) commitment is to help stray and outdoor community cats in the United States and around the world, by promoting humane nonlethal care to improve cats’ lives. ACR works to reduce the number of feral cats living in colonies through a proven method called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

Vision Statement

ACR’s vision is for the nations’ animal control agencies to work within their communities to reduce the number of cats killed in shelters. We assist them with implementing Trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs which is the only proven method for controlling community cats.

ACR promotes compassion and humane care for cats through effective campaigns:

  • National Cat Action Teams assisting groups and individuals to help domestic and feral cats
  • Assist cat caretakers with cat behavioral problems to keep cats in their homes
  • Promoting a better understanding of feline diseases
  • ACR programs keep cats out of the shelter system, thus reducing euthanasia
  • Promoting neuter-before-adoption
  • Promoting early-age spay neuter to prevent unplanned litters of kittens.
  • Through our Annual May Spay Challenge we get the veterinary community involved in helping to reduce feral cat colony numbers.

ACR introduces ethical standards for all cats

Alley Cat Rescue is leading in the way in promoting humane and compassionate care for ALL cats. It is important to remove feral cats from “pest” status that many put them in and promote an ethical, nonlethal way to deal with the population of outdoor community cats. Decades of catch-and-kill has not worked.

ACR’s History:

ACRs Founder was one of a few pioneers who brought TNR to national attention in 1990. Holton introduced the following programs to help cats:

  • Attacking cat overpopulation at the source by sterilizing feral cats, thus preventing the births of hundreds of homeless kittens.
  • Providing information on how to rescue feral kittens, tame them and help them to become loving companions
  • Providing information and guidelines on all aspects of feral cat care and control
  • Publishing a book Alley Cat Rescue’s Guide to Managing Community Cats.

Articles originally posted by AlleyCatRescue Like us on Facebook!Alley Cat Rescue (ACR) works to protect cats on several levels: locally through rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of cats and nationally through a network of Cat Action Teams, called CAT. ACR is dedicated to the health, well-being and welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned and feral. Help the ACR kitties by making a donation or shopping online!