A Brief History of the NPA:  Our Commitment to Animal Welfare

    National Pet Alliance was formed by a group of visionary dog and cat owners, to promote the care and well-being of
    cats and dogs within the context of the purebred dog and pedigree cat fancy. Our original intent was to set a standard
    of excellence among dog and cat fanciers with regard to the care and housing of animals, and to establish a mentoring
    program for those who were new to the world of animal breeding and exhibition.

    We were diverted from our original goals by the type of anti-animal legislation that began in 1990 with the introduction
    of the San Mateo ordinance to ban all breeding of dogs and cats. We began to look into the facts, and found that this
    sort of legislation not only infringes on our rights as responsible pet owners and breeders, but also does nothing to
    address the real issues of surplus dogs and cats at the shelters, and the well-being of animals.

    We resolved to work towards real solutions to these issues. Our comprehensive studies get at the facts. Our practical
    programs help animals and the people who care for them. Our legislative work protects the rights of responsible
    owners and breeders.

Our Studies and Programs

    In 1991, in recognition of the fact that the vast majority of animals handled in animal shelters are un-owned cats, the
    National Pet Alliance initiated a TTVAR program.   TTVAR means Trap, Test, Vaccinate, Alter and Release, which the
    directors and supporters felt was one humane alternative to animal control's wholesale trap and euthanize approach.

    The National Pet Alliance made a commitment to separating truth from fiction on the very complex and little understood
    problem of how many, what kinds and for what reasons unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters, and to
    present that information in a factual format.

    Data gathering began during the time of the San Mateo County Community Animal Task Force, and continues today
    on the efficacy of the San Mateo ordinance. In 1993, through a matching funds grant from The Cat Fancier's
    Association, Inc. (CFA), National Pet Alliance undertook a major random sample survey of pet ownership of Santa
    Clara County households. That survey gave new light to the numbers of homeless cats maintained in a community, the
    percentage of altered versus unaltered amongst the population of owned household cats, and a fresh insight into
    which pool of cats are being impounded by animal control shelters.

    National Pet Alliance directors also provided a balancing perspective on a number of local and statewide panels and
    national symposiums convened for the purposes of working on various aspects of animal control, public health and
    safety, and animal welfare issues.

    The National Pet Alliance studies continue to serve as a front line source of information for dog and cat advocates and
    legislators who are confronted with the complexities of animal issues in our society today.

Survey Report: Santa Clara County's Pet Population, 1993 - Original Copy with all original graphics  1249 kb

Survey Report:  Santa Clara County's Pet Population, 1993   No graphics   NPA SCCO 1993 Study Data       Excel File

A  Report on Trap/Alter/Release Programs, 1995

1995 San Diego Study

1999 San Jose CA Spay/Neuter Voucher Update

San Jose Spay/Neuter Voucher Program

Summary of Program Costs vs Incoming Cats:  Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley and the Cities          
of San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale  

San Jose CA Pet Demographic Study, Executive Summary, March 2007

NEW 3/15/2013  Evaluation of animal control measures on pet demographics in Santa Clara County, California,  
                     1993–2006.  Philip H. Kass, Karen L. Johnson and Hsin-YiWeng

NEW 5/22/2013  UC Davis and National Pet Alliance Study - Interview with Karen Johnson

NEW 11/1/2014  Study of the effect on shelter cat intakes and euthanasia from a shelter neuter return project of
                      10,080 cats from March 2010 to June 2014.  Karen L. Johnson​ and Jon Cicirelli.  October 30, 2014

The National Pet Alliance Legacy

     The National Pet Alliance was supported by the generous support of individuals and groups to enable us to gather and
     disseminate research, information and statistics.

     In 2017, after 26 years of productive work, the National Pet Alliance corporation was dissolved, leaving its published
     studies as its legacy by example of accomplishment inspired by dedicated volunteers and reference for those working
     to understand the population dynamics and protect the welfare of cats.

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