The Louisville Metro Housing Authority contacted Alley Cat Advocates earlier this year to request our help with community cats in Beecher Terrace.
WDRB 41 Louisville News
The Beecher Terrace community, located in Louisville’s Russell Neighborhood, is a severely distressed public housing development. The complex is slated for phased demolition beginning this fall. The community also has a large outdoor community cat population that will be affected.
Alley Cat Advocates and Louisville Metro Animal Services responded to the need. Our teams began the process of Trap-Neuter-Return in the neighborhood this week and have so far provided spay or neuter and vaccinations to over 25 of the resident cats. We will continue to work in the community until all of the cats are altered.
We’re working to spay and neuter these cats now to prevent more cats in the area. These cats will be returned to the neighborhood.
Our service give these cats a leg up. They are now healthy, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Alley Cat Advocates has also identified many caretakers in the surrounding neighborhoods where these cats will find new caretakers as the demolition begins.
The WDRB news team joined us at Beecher Terrace on Wednesday.
Read the story, see the photos, and watch the videos now.
Almost one year ago, Alley Cat Advocates welcomed Stephanie Gillis to our team as our full-time Cat Care Coordinator. Stephanie brings excellent animal care experience, a tremendous work-ethic, and a passion for changing the world for community cats. But nothing prepared her for the awesomeness of working with cat caretakers and being out in our community every day.
Stephanie leads our trapping team. This team traps cats in high risk areas and for caretakers who are elderly or disabled. She also coordinates all of our cat care and foster work for cats who need additional medical services beyond spay and neuter.
Stephanie says the best part of her job is watching the cats, trying to be more patient than they are, and then being rewarded for that patience by successfully trapping and getting help for that cat. And then the next cat. And the next.
One trapping location stands out in her mind. “In the coldest week of January I trapped 32 cats in three days, then trapped 12 more the following week. That’s 44 cats in one place! We are definitely making a difference.”
Gillis looks forward to mastering the skills of Trap-Neuter-Return. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her long-term goal is “to be a voice for those who cannot speak, and I hope to be a very loud one!”
Thank you Matt and Molly Mershon and Copper & Kings for hosting the 10th Annual The Cat’s Meow! We enjoyed an extraordinary night of great food and fun last night … all to benefit community cats!
Thanks to all of the guests, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who made this year’s Cat’s Meow our greatest yet.
Find the Wheel of Chance winners! Event photos coming soon!
Hugs and purrrrrs from Dusty! Thanks to the awesome supporters and friends of Alley Cat Advocates, Dusty was able to have his critical ear polyp removal surgery (both ears) on May 31st! Surgery went well and Dusty is back home recovering with his foster mom.
Surgery on the middle ear impacts balance and coordination, so Dusty is a bit wobbly right now. This will improve/resolve over the next 6 weeks.
Dusty will never know all the wonderful people who donated toward his surgery, or those who lifted him up with words of encouragement and good wishes … but Alley Cat Advocates knows … and thanks each and every one of you for supporting Dusty!
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Dusty came to Alley Cat Advocates as a pre-teen. We quickly determined that he had a large ear polyp. Dusty was treated, neutered and the ear polyp was surgically removed. Unfortunately, while recovering in foster care, he continued to have ear infections and a head tilt. He underwent more tests by a specialist who found that he now has multiple polyps in both ears. If these polyps are not removed, they will eventually invade his nasal and throat area and end Dusty’s life.
Dusty needs an expensive surgery and we’re $800 from having enough to move forward to save his life.
Can you help us make Dusty’s life-saving surgery possible? Please consider making a gift for Dusty today.
It’s The Cat’s Meow! Join us for Alley Cat Advocates’ 10th Annual The Cat’s Meow, our largest annual fundraiser. This exciting event is preceded by two weeks of online raffle fun for great prizes, all to benefit community cats and their caretakers in our city!
10TH ANNUAL THE CAT’S MEOW FUNDRAISER
- WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 5-9pm
- WHERE: Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington Street, Louisville, KY
- TICKETS ONLINE: $15
- TICKETS AT THE DOOR: $20
The Cat’s Meow at Copper & Kings is Alley Cat Advocates’ largest fundraiser where guests will enjoy a casual evening of delicious food provided by a variety of local eateries . . . Bistro 1860, Bristol Bar & Grill, Buck’s Restaurant, Bistro 301, The Silver Dollar, and Wiltshire Pantry. Guests will be entertained by the musical stylings of the Wowuwoo Showband while sipping this year’s purr-fect signature cocktail, the Cattywampus. Guests can also take tours of the Copper and Kings Distillery, play for a bourbon grab bag, and have pet caricatures drawn by artist Sarah Tidwell!
ONLINE WHEEL OF CHANCE:
Ky Gaming Lic# EXE0001809