Becky Robinson is the co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. An engine for social change, Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. By establishing and promoting standards of care, our organization has brought humane treatment of cats into the national spotlight, now embraced by major cities and animal protection organizations coast to coast. In 20 short years, we’ve changed America to better understand and respect the lives of cats.
Robinson co-founded Alley Cat Allies in 1990, after she realized that there was no national organization providing education and resources to the thousands of Americans caring for the outdoor cats in their communities. Under Robinson’s leadership, based on years of hands-on investigation and expertise, Alley Cat Allies established the first best-practice standards for Trap-Neuter-Return in the United States. Today, with more than 260,000 supporters all over the world, Alley Cat Allies is the recognized authority on feral cats, and the leader of the movement to protect and improve the lives of cats everywhere. Her organization promotes Trap-Neuter-Return (a program in which outdoor cats are humanely trapped, altered, vaccinated and returned to their outdoor homes) and accessible, affordable neuter services as keystones of humane cat care for the country. Further, Alley Cat Allies is working on a national level to reform animal pound and shelter policies that kill more than seventy percent of cats who enter.
Robinson has advised veterinarians, communities, and feral cat organizations on the domestic cat species and its relationship to humans. She has also helped many communities across the country launch or improve proactive life-saving programs, including Washington, D.C.; Cape May, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Buffalo City, Wisconsin. She and her team have provided support to thousands of caring individuals and grassroots groups, and have guided them in carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats.
Robinson has more than a decade of experience running large-scale feral cat programs, including humane and safe feral cat trapping, successfully mediating with people in business, industrial, and residential settings so that humans and cats peacefully coexist, and establishing three spay and neuter clinics in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area that serve as models for feral cat veterinary care. She regularly speaks at conferences in North America and Europe.
Robinson holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Missouri and a B.A. in Social Work, from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She lives with her husband and five cats in Arlington, Virginia where she also cares for a colony of cats.
Today, more than 260,000 supporters look to Alley Cat Allies for leadership in the movement to protect cats’ lives. We promote progressive policies for cats in communities all over America and we work towards a world that values the lives of all animals. Our two decades of experience in grassroots organizing, hands-on activism, and education has empowered policymakers, veterinarians, nonprofit and volunteer groups, activists, and caregivers nationwide with the tools and knowledge to practice, teach, and advocate for humane care for cats in their own communities. From a headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, Alley Cat Allies’ staff of nearly 30 people provides the national voice for cats and the millions of Americans that value cats’ lives.
Becky will appear on the Pet Radio Show April 13th, 2013, Joined by Susan Logan, Editor of Cat Fancy Magazine, and Dr. Lorie Huston, a vet. who specializes in feline healthcare for a special cat podcast.