Victory for the cats and members of the Army Navy Country Club!
In a story that originally ran in the Washington Post (see second article here) just before Christmas, and subsequently in newspapers nationwide, you may have read about the outdoor cats at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Today, those cats safe from harm.
Working together, the Club, the caregivers, and Alley Cat Allies have developed an action plan to continue successfully managing this colony.
The Club cats have already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. No kittens have been born in two years. Caregivers will continue to feed and oversee the cats. Alley Cat Allies will help to improve their situation and to ensure club membersâ€™ safety.
It is well known that animal control agencies in jurisdictions across the U.S. continue to practice outdated, ineffective, and deadly methods of cat â€œcontrol.â€ Arlington County, where the Club is located, is one of them. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington recommends trapping and killing feral cats, despite knowing about humane alternatives and recommendations from several national animal protection organizations to adopt Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Fortunately, the Army Navy Country Club has a more progressive outlook.
Thank you to everyone who expressed concern and took action in defense of the cats!