Portia de Rossi Joins Feral Cat Cause

ABC star Portia de Rossi is featuring in a new poster campaign by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats.

Portia de Rossi is the star of the ABC comedy "Better Off Ted" and is married to talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres. She recently starred as a fifth season series regular on the FX popular original drama series Nip/Tuck and starred as ‘Lindsay Bluth Funke’ in the critically acclaimed Fox comedy Arrested Development. However, she is probably best known as the lawyer "Nelle Porter" in the successful Ally McBeal serial.

In the new ad from Alley Cat Allies, De Rossi declares herself an "Alley Cat Ally", and a supporter of Alley Cat Allies’ major campaign to raise awareness about the millions of Americans who care for stray and feral cats in their communities.

"We are delighted to have Portia de Rossi on board to represent the individuals from all walks of life who share compassion for these cats. Millions of Americans have opened their hearts and wallets to stray and feral cats. A national survey by the respected research organization Harris Interactive found that over 40% of Americans have fed a stray cat in their lives, and one out of five has done so in the past year" said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

Robinson noted that many progressive communities across the country have adopted a lifesaving program called Trap-Neuter-Return, in which feral cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated and returned to their outdoor home. Trap-Neuter-Return is the best course of action for feral cats because it ends the breeding cycle, stabilizes populations and improves the cats’ health, Robinson said.

"I’m very happy to be involved with Alley Cat Allies and their efforts to help stray and feral cats," said De Rossi. "The Trap-Neuter-Return approach is the only way to help contain the populations and save their lives."

Picture courtesy Alley Cat Allies

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