Alley Cat Allies welcome friends of felines to celebrate on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at the Trump Taj Mahal Saturday, July 10.
This summer, Alley Cat Allies, based in Bethesda, Md., is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the organization’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project. The BCP is a prime example of how successful a Trap-Neuter-Return program can be when there is a spirit of cooperation. The Boardwalk Cats Project serves as a model for similar programs across the country.
To celebrate the anniversary, Alley Cat Allies is having a get-together on the Boardwalk in front of the Trump Taj Mahal this Saturday, July 10, from noon to 2pm. This stretch of Boardwalk is home to one of the cat colonies. The celebration will include a commemorative address by Alley Cat Allies President Becky Robinson, a volunteer appreciation presentation, door prizes, snacks, and more.
In 2000, Alley Cat Allies launched a city-endorsed Trap-Neuter-Return program and has continued caring for the cats over the last ten years with the help of volunteers and services from the Humane Society of Atlantic County.
While the cats are wild and are not socialized to humans, they live a comfortable life at their home under the Boardwalk.
“With Trap-Neuter-Return, the cats are humanely trapped then neutered and vaccinated by a veterinarian, which improves their lives by eliminating the stresses of mating and pregnancy,’’ says Robinson. ‘’It also prevents future litters of kittens — which stabilizes the colony size.”
Alley Cat Allies began the program a decade ago when animal control ordered the feral cats under the Boardwalk to be trapped and killed. Alley Cat Allies formed the Cat Action Team with the Atlantic City Health Department, the Humane Society of Atlantic County and local advocates to save the cats.
Most people envision Caribbean islands like Puerto Rico as warm, tropical places to retreat to for warmth during the winter months. For many animals, though, particularly domestic dogs, parts of the Caribbean islands have become overrun with those that are neglected, abused or otherwise unwanted.