The Alliance for Stray Animals and People (ASAP) offers
urgent help to animals and people. Within our modest means we help stray cats by providing
food, shelter, and foster homes. We provide basic necessities for people and assist them
in taking advantage of available area resources.
"constituency" is cats living where it is not safe to continue to live.
Alternatives are limited for street cats. Managed colonies run into difficulty if a
caretaker cannot continue or if the area is under demolition (as happened recently
in DCs Shaw neighborhood due to Convention Center construction).
ASAP pays medical and other
costs relative to maintaining cats until permanent situations can be found or the cats are
The need is overwhelming. To
manage the flow, we make referrals and donate funds to non-profit organizations who help.
We assist indigent persons with basic necessities.
If you can assist -- or are
already engaged in similar activities -- consider collaborating with ASAP to enhance the
effectiveness of your efforts and for possible tax advantages.
The funds at our disposal at a
given time determine whether an animal on the street can be rehabilitated. Foster homes
who shoulder the cost of helping animal after animal and people who assist strays on the
street deserve our support.
In 1987, a legal secretary (Joanna Harkin, ASAP founder)
acquired a real estate license and started selling houses in inner city areas. Here she
came upon many stray cats and her first finds (Mildred Fierce, Myrna MOY "Mother of
the Year", and Mabel Black Label) introduced her to the terrible conditions under
which street cats live. Cats struggle daily to survive in alleys, behind restaurants,
around dumpsters, and in parks.While working with homeless cats, Harkin and others took
note of people in distressed neighborhoods and their lack of basic necessities. For
example, the man who was being evicted and didnt have anywhere to take his cat. Of
course ASAP was able to help the cat but the man needed assistance as well. Thus
the Alliance for Stray Animals and People (ASAP) was incorporated on June 23, 1998 and was
granted tax-exempt status on October 7, 1998.