Petco Foundation grant of $38,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Louisville.
Alley Cat Advocates of Louisville, Kentucky today announced it has been awarded a $38,000 grant by the Petco Foundation to support the Alley Cat Advocates Trap-Neuter-Return program.
Alley Cat Advocates is a local nonprofit organization serving Louisville and the surrounding counties. Using a humane Trap-Neuter-Return program, Alley Cat Advocates has altered over 35,000 stray cats in our community since they began in 1999. Since 2011 alone, these efforts have contributed to a 61% reduction in the intake of cats at our local shelters, dramatically reducing taxpayer cost, overcrowded shelters, and animal euthanasia.
The Petco Foundation investment will help Alley Cat Advocates to reach more cat caretakers, those wonderful men and women who provide food and shelter for outside stray cats in our neighborhoods. Working with these caretakers, Alley Cat Advocates will provide spay or neuter services, vaccinations, flea treatment and a full veterinary check-up for each community cat. Cats also receive an ear-tip while under sedation, the universal sign that a cat has been spayed or neutered.
“It is springtime in Louisville, and that means it is kitten season. This gift comes at a particularly important time because awareness and demand for our services peak as unaltered stray cats give birth to more kittens. We’re honored to receive this generous grant and to be recognized for our success and the progress we have made in Louisville, Kentucky.” said Karen Little, the organization’s co-founder and executive director.
For more information about Alley Cat Advocates or the Petco Foundation, visit alleycatadvocates.org or petcofoundation.org.
Pick up the Courier-Journal today to read the feature on Alley Cat Advocates and The Community Foundation of Louisville’s Give Local Louisville day.
A long-haired charcoal feline with a thick mane and bright eyes was brought to a Louisville animal shelter in early February, dragging his back legs, unable to stand or use a litter box. No one knew how he was injured and if he had any hope of ever walking again. In many cases like this, if the injury is the result of a broken pelvis, the cat can usually be healed with two months of cage rest.
Sadly, an x-ray revealed that Buddy-Bear’s injury was not a broken pelvis but a bullet lodged in his spinal cord. The damage was unfortunately permanent
“Only a few years ago in our city, a disabled cat like this, one that couldn’t walk, would automatically have been put down by shelter workers,” said Karen Little, executive director of Alley Cat Advocates. Today, in 2016, that kind of automatic thinking no longer happens.
Euthanasia would have likely been Buddy-Bear’s fate in the past, if not for the perseverance of Little and the work of Alley Cat Advocate volunteers to change the culture of how community cats are viewed in Louisville.
Alley Cat Advocates is changing the culture, one cat at a time!
“All cats, no matter whether they are owned cats or community cats, deserve the same level of care,” said Little, meaning that Buddy-Bear deserved a chance at a normal, happy life, just as any other cat.
Buddy-Bear is currently being fostered by Alley Cat Advocates volunteers, along with other community cats that need special medical care.
Buddy-Bear attended a recent community update meeting and was delighted to slide around the table, seeking attention and nuzzling arms and hands that reached out for him.
Please consider making a gift today to help us help other cats like Buddy-Bear.
Alley Cat Advocates is hiring. The selected candidate will be a member of a highly motivated team determined to make Louisville the safest city in the country to be a community cat.
We’re seeking a candidate who demonstrates a love of cats, outstanding interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work in a team environment as well as independently, with a high degree of integrity and accountability.
Learn more and download the job description at http://alleycatadvocates.org/cat-care-coordinator/
Louisville, KY – March 31, 2016 – Alley Cat Advocates (ACA) has received a grant of $50,000 from Best Friends Animal Society. The funds will help ACA reduce the number of cats euthanized in local shelters by providing spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and veterinary care for over 1,000 unowned community cats in Louisville, Kentucky.
Cat caretakers who live in Jefferson County will be offered, at no cost, spay/neuter services for unowned community cats.
“We are excited to continue to offer no cost spay/neuter surgeries through our organization and look forward to an exciting year as we work to reduce euthanasia of healthy cats in our community,” said Karen Little, executive director and co-founder of Alley Cat Advocates. “Our Trap-Neuter-Return program has become a model for other organizations across the country and the continued funding from Best Friends Animal Society will generate even more enthusiasm for the success our work generates.”
Alley Cat Advocates is a member of the Best Friend’s No More Homeless Pets® Network, a network of non-profit public charity rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and shelters actively saving lives and reducing shelter deaths locally. Being a part of the Network gives groups all across the country the chance to work together to Save Them All®.
Alley Cat Advocates has achieved remarkable success in reducing the stray cat population in Metro Louisville. Targeting the zip codes from which Metro Animal Services has the highest intake of animals, Alley Cat Advocates has helped reduce the number of cats that end up in our municipal shelter by 62% since 2009 and has spayed/neutered over 30,000 community cats.
ABOUT BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY
Best Friends Animal Society (Best Friends) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Kanab, Utah. Best Friends operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals and provides adoption, spay/neuter and educational programs. The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in America’s animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets®. They do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. They believe that by working together we can Save Them All®. Learn more at http://bestfriends.org