BURTONVILLE, Md., USA – Feb. 14, 2017 – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, has partnered with local Girl Scouts to build shelters that will protect community cats in Prince George’s County from the weather. This is the second year Alley Cat Allies has partnered with a local organization on a shelter-building project in what has become an annual initiative.
Construction of the shelters, which took place on Jan. 22 at the Girl Scout Camp Brighton Woods in Burtonsville, Md., helps support the community cat colonies in the area by providing them with a warm place to find shelter this winter. These colonies are involved in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) – the only humane and effective approach to stabilize community cat populations.
“Educating the youngest members of our community about TNR and how they can help protect community cats in their area helps them to appreciate that cats are an important part of the local ecosystem,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.
Girl Scouts representing Troops 1067, 808, 2397, and 2672 from Service Unit 31-2, which is part of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC), participated in the Alley Cat Allies project and helped build ten outdoor cat shelters to distribute to community cat colonies in the area.
Alley Cat Allies delivered the ten outdoor cat shelters on Feb. 8 to a Riverdale family who is caring for a colony of community cats that live on their property.