• An Amazing ACO: Cat Cottle Opens Shelter to Trap-Neuter-Return

    15 days ago - By Alley Cat

    Antioch Animal Shelter in Antioch, California's, Trap-Neuter-Return program may be brand new, but it already has the most important tool for success: the support of the community! Just a few months ago, Officer Cat Cottle flung the shelter's doors wide open to the help of local TNR advocates. Together, they have saved the lives of every single community cat that has come into the shelter since November 2017.
    “It's been such a relief since we started TNR,” says Cottle. “We're not holding community cats for any unnecessary length of time. We can just do a quick assessment and get them back...
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  • An Amazing ACO: Tom Conerly Changes City's Approach to Community Cats

    15 days ago - By Alley Cat

    Just last year, Orange Beach, Alabama's, response to any cat concern was “we don't do cats.” Today, the city has a thriving Trap-Neuter-Return program, the Orange Beach Animal Care and Control Program , that has spayed or neutered over 150 cats and kittens and adopted out over 30 since September 2017. The fast success is thanks to the hard work of Tom Conerly, Orange Beach's newest animal control officer.
    Conerly, a former military colonel, began his work with TNR in January 2017 when he and his wife spotted three kittens in their driveway. Three kittens became five became nine, and...
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  • An Amazing ACO: Tim Reeder Establishes Lifesaving Trap-Neuter-Return Program

    15 days ago - By Alley Cat

    Tim Reeder recently retired after 30 years of dedicated work as an animal control officer with Huntsville Animal Services in Alabama, but not before leaving a lasting lifesaving legacy for cats. In his time on the job, Reeder saved countless animals' lives and helped kickstart a successful Trap-Neuter-Return program.
    He became an ACO in 1987, before TNR was an established method to address community cat populations. Reeder watched as far too many cats were killed at the shelter because they were not socialized or adoptable. Then in 2010, Huntsville Animal Services learned about Return to...
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