Becky Robinson, co-founder of Alley Cat Allies

Becky Robinson—co-founder and president of Alley Cat Allies, which bills itself the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and human treatment of cats—recounts the incident and surrounding circumstances that led in 1990 to the launching of Alley Cat Allies. 0_AlleyCatAlliesPortiadeRossi-588x760She also discusses the history, evolution and effectiveness of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Robinsons responds to questions about the controversy that sometimes swirls around TNR and how best to treat feral and homeless cats—including from the perspective of wildlife advocates, factions of veterinarians and others who oppose TNR—the study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service, and more. She also underscores the effectiveness of TNR over time by citing examples of feral cat colonies–including the one that originally set her and Alley Cat Allies in motion–that no longer exist, in the wake of all their residents having been spayed and neutered, and eventually the final cat living at each died.  (www.AlleyCat.orgwww.facebook.com/AlleyCatAllies)

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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