We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with our next BIG FIX which is scheduled for Sunday, May 19.
May Day! May Day! Come help us help the kitties from endless cycles of mating and giving birth! Current volunteers can call or e-mail us at email@example.com if you are able to help.
For those new to the process, the BIG FIX starts with a call to our hotline from a caretaker (someone taking care of an outdoor cat). Caretakers may be caring for one cat or 30! Most caretakers are able to provide food, water, and shelter for the unowned cats in their area. The only thing missing is spaying and neutering and this is where the BIG FIX comes into play. If you are interested in helping but not yet a volunteer, check our link under Volunteers for new volunteer orientations or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louisville has been selected an ASPCA Partner Community! As a partner community, Alley Cat Advocates, the Kentucky Humane Society, and Louisville Metro Animal Services will work with the ASPCA to increase the number of cats’ and dogs’ lives saved in our community. One of only eight partner communities across the country, by combining the eﬀorts of the ASPCA and these organizations, and by sharing information, by removing duplicate eﬀ orts, by collaborating in all ways imaginable, Louisville will be better able to get animals out of our shelters alive AND we’ll also be better able to keep animals OUT of our shelters!
For up to ﬁve years, the ASPCA will provide ﬁ nancial support to Louisville, likely in the range of $50,000 to $250,000 a year, for initiatives collectively determined to be life-saving. The ASPCA Partnership will include annual planning meetings in order to determine and monitor goals, strategies and needs. The agencies will also have access to ASPCA resources, expertise and guidance, as well as strategic planning support, statistical analysis, training, and participation in forward-looking research projects.
“Alley Cat Advocates is thrilled that Louisville has been selected as an ASPCA Partner Community,” said Karen Little, founder of Alley Cat Advocates. “We are certain that this collaboration will help us raise awareness about the need to spay and neuter our community cats, and we’re conﬁ dent our community will be healthier and happier as a result.”
“As the largest pet adoption agency in the state, the Kentucky Humane Society is pleased to join Louisville Metro Animal Services and Alley Cats Advocates in the ASPCA Partnership,” said Lori Redmon, president and CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society. “Working together, we will improve the lives of cats and dogs in our community, ensuring every healthy, adoptable
pet is oﬀered a second chance at ﬁnding happiness.”
“Louisville Metro Animal Services is honored that our city has been selected to become an
ASPCA Partner Community,” said Justin L. Scally, director of Metro Animal Services.
“This partnership demonstrates our city’s commitment to working together to ensure a better quality, more humane life for all in the community. With the resources the ASPCA is bringing to our community, we will move closer to our goal of ending the euthanasia of healthy,
We expect the next ﬁ ve years to be tremendously exciting for our city. We’ll keep you updated on our progress!
They don’t really . . . but they’d love to have you shop LOTS at Kroger and use your Alley Cat
Advocates Kroger Gift Card every time you do! For every dollar you put on your Kroger Gift Card,
Kroger gives 4-cents to Alley Cat Advocates. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but we spay and neuter dozens and dozens of cats with the monies generated. So just send us $5.00, let us know you want a Kroger gift card, and we’ll send you one — with your $5 on it — so you can start eating and eating . . . and help spay and neuter at the same time!
What a joy it is to report on this fantastic program! Community cats (previously called stray or unowned cats) have been euthanized by the hundreds in our community and in others across the country for years just because they didn’t have a “traditional”, inside home. In almost all cases, they had homes — an outside home . . . and shelter and food and water.
But killing these cats was not seen as an acceptable answer to the problem of stray cats, so trap-neuter-return (TNR) was developed. Trapping cats, neutering them, and returning them to their caretakers (those people feeding them) became the norm in all progressive communities across the country. Not only were cats’ lives being saved but fewer were being born. As a result, fewer were ending up in our shelters and taxpayer money was saved. Truly a win-win! But what about those community cats who did end up at the shelter in spite of all our TNR efforts? What could we do to save them as well?
In Louisville, Operation City Kitty is the answer. Thanks to the newly revised ordinance, Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) and Alley Cat Advocates now work together to neuter and vaccinate community cats who have been turned in to the shelter. The cats are then returned to their outside homes. Often we know who the caretaker is and we assist them build shelters, get cat food at the local food bank, and help resolve neighborhood concerns when they exist. And sometimes we don’t know who the caretaker is, knowing only that the healthy, lifeloving cats want to keep on living and our shelter staff (and our community’s citizens — the taxpayers) no longer need to kill these beautiful animals. Instead, through Operation City Kitty, the cats return home — spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Lives are saved, taxpayer money is saved, and we’re a better, more humane community as a result.