We Need Your Voice! || LA Citywide Cat Program
Stray Cat Alliance owes its founding to the realization that stray cats need human help and that unlike their human counterparts on earth, they can’t make it alone. The organization’s membership and supporters have so many wonderful reasons to be proud of these forward steps for the cats:
- Office of Veterans Affairs (VA), California State University campus, Northridge
In 2008 Stray Cat Alliance successfully negotiated with the VA for TNR of nearly 70 cats.
- A large hospital complex in Torrance
In 2006 and 2008 Stray Cat Alliance was instrumental in negotiating for TNR that positively impacted the lives of approximately 100 cats at this major medical facility owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles.
- TNR was declared legal, Beverly Hills
In October 2009, Stray Cat Alliance played a pivotal role in the passage of this landmark law.
- Mediation for the cats, Rancho Los Amigos, Downey
The fruitful relationship and Stray Cat Alliance’s involvement continues to this day after the organization championed the cause of hundreds of cats at this national rehabilitation center founded in 1888. The cats, treasured by many of the community’s residents, were scheduled to be trapped and taken to a high-kill shelter when the Rancho site was scheduled for demolition. In fact, trapping and transport to a shelter had already begun when demolition was called off.Stray Cat Alliance began TNR, relocation and adoption of a number of cats whose occupation in the community dates back to the early 1960s. Back then, nurses, doctors and staff would feed and take care of them. Neighbors of the facility have been doing their part for decades. Saving the cats was the first time that a successful collaboration occurred between the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Services (LACDAS) and a nonprofit: Stray Cat Alliance.
- The PAW Project
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Culver City and Burbank enacted declaw bans in 2009. West Hollywood passed the nation’s first declaw ban in 2003. Stray Cat Alliance joined other humane organizations to be instrumental in the passage of this important legislation.
- The Malibu Cats
In early 2008, Stray Cat Alliance volunteers discovered a horrific situation in the San Fernando Valley. There, a female resident kept 50+ cats living in squalor. The original plan was to go in, clean and medically treat all the cats, but the house was beyond repair and it was determined that cats must be removed. They were relocated to a private sanctuary and to this day are in the care of Stray Cat Alliance.
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Policy on Feral Cats
Deborah Ackerman, Ph.D. a member of Stray Cat Alliance’s Board of Advisors, accompanied by two attorneys, a medical doctor and other alliance members met with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in 2010 Stray Cat Alliance was concerned about incorrect health department information being disseminated to the public about “feral” cats. The cat advocacy team moved to have the department change its incorrect written policy on cats and diseases. In doing so, Dr. Ackerman stated that the information was very inaccurate, misleading and needlessly frightening to the public. As a result of this advocacy, the department did substantially improve its policy.
- Trap Depot Milestones
Stray Cat Alliance has documented nearly 10,000 traps lent for TNR since its founding, and counts 75,000 spays/neuters. The numbers are proof positive that our mission is making an impact where it matters most.