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By VCA Fairleigh
Published: April 01, 2014

Dr. Gagnon is a volunteer. A group of volunteers including Dr. Gagnon and some of her staff, come together once a month to spay, neuter, and recover 150-250 cats.

Alley Cat Advocates was incorporated in 1999 as a 501©3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide for the humane treatment of unowned cats in our community. In striving to accomplish our mission, our efforts focus almost exclusively on directing a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in the safest, most efficient and cost effective way possible.

Trap-Neuter-Return is widely (although not unanimously) accepted within the humane movement as the most effective way to stabilize and reduce the unowned cat population. It is also the most humane method. The basic strategy of TNR is to identify an unowned cat or colony of unowned cats, humanely trap them, spay/neuter them, and return them to their environment. The entire process takes from one to three days on average.

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