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Becky Robinson
Becky Robinson is president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md. Their website is

Entries by Becky Robinson

Last Minute Holiday Shopping? A Pet Could Be the Perfect Gift

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 7:18 PM

'Tis the season of giving, and everywhere you look you'll see suggestions for the "perfect gifts" for your loved ones: something they'll love forever, something they'll never forget, something unique. How about someone -- how about a kitten or cat from the shelter?

Adoption isn't a decision to take lightly,...

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The Mainstream Standard of Community Cat Care Is Trap-Neuter-Return

(48) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Americans love cats, and they want to see them protected. That's why every year, more people become advocates and stand up for cats, and more cities embrace trap-neuter-return (TNR). What was once viewed as a radical new concept practiced by a small group of devoted caregivers is now...

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ABC Hypocrisy: The American Bird Conservancy Believes in Non-Lethal Wildlife Protection...But Only for Birds

(100) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Apparently for the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), what's good for the goose isn't so good for the gander. ABC claims to be a champion of environmental protection and sustainability when it endorses killing outdoor cats as the only way to save birds, despite a century of failed catch and kill...

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To Save the Birds, Hold Humans Accountable -- Not Cats

(16) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:39 PM

The old idea of a cat vs. bird feud works well for cartoons, but trying to apply this to the real world is just looney.

It's not cats who birds should be worrying about -- it's us. Human impact on the environment has already destroyed many avian habitats. Despite...

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The Future Five: Animal Shelters Get Support for Lifesaving Program

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Most people have probably already strayed from their resolutions to make lasting changes in their lives in 2014. But the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in West Virginia knows the secret to sticking to your goals: Keep them out in the open for everyone to see. Just as some people share resolutions...

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Feline Frenzy Goes Beyond YouTube Videos -- to Animal Control Agencies

(25) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Cats had already taken over the internet -- so their next stop just had to be a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood. The Internet Cat Video Festival came to Williamsburg in New York City on Oct. 25 and drew thousands of people, including many wearing fuzzy ears and whiskers.

It's not...

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States' Support for Trap-Neuter-Return Is Gaining Momentum

(16) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 11:05 AM

This legislative season brought hope -- and some successes -- for those of us hard at work to change how our communities, pounds, and shelters treat cats.

Let's face it: America's animal pound and shelter system is broken. Each year most animals who enter shelters are killed --...

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Trap-Neuter-Return: The Best Approach to Feral Cat Management

(121) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:38 PM

Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a program through which feral cats are humanely trapped, neutered at a clinic and then returned to their outdoor homes to live out their lives. TNR is fast becoming the predominant approach to feral cat management in the United States because it is proven to...

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