Thank you to our friends at the ASPCA. A recent technology grant has allowed Alley Cat Advocates to upgrade our phone system to more efficiently answer and manage the 500+ calls we receive each month! ASPCA also provided a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet that will help our team members to communicate, schedule appointments and record data from the road!
THANK YOU, ASPCA!
Louisville, KY – November 17, 2015 – Alley Cat Advocates (ACA) has received a grant of $84,000 from PetSmart Charities®, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America. The funds will help ACA reduce number of cats euthanized in local shelters by providing spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and veterinary care for 2,100 unowned community cats in southwest Louisville.
Working through the ACA Neighborhoods Program, cat caretakers who live in the Jefferson County zip codes 40219, 40258, 40272, 40208, 40209, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, and 40217 will be offered, at no cost, spay/neuter services for unowned community cats.
These zip codes will be targeted because Louisville Metro Animal Services—our city’s municipal shelter—sees the highest intake of community cats from these zip codes due to cat overpopulation and breeding.
“We are excited to increase the total number of spay/neuter surgeries at 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 Alley Cat Neighborhoods program has become a model for other organizations across the country and the continued funding from PetSmart Charities will generate even more enthusiasm for the success our work generates.”
PetSmart Charities has been a partner of Alley Cat Advocates since 2010. The ACA Neighborhoods Program, supported by PetSmart Charities, 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 61% since 2009. Alley Cat Advocates expects to continue this trend as efforts continue to be focused in these zip codes.
ABOUT ALLEY CAT ADVOCATES
Alley Cat Advocates is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer spay/neuter services for cat caretakers in the community. Alley Cat Advocates’ mission is to provide for the humane treatment of unowned cats in our community by directing a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in the safest, most efficient, and most cost effective way possible. In addition to their bi-monthly Big Fix event, Alley Cat Advocates schedules 125 spay/neuter appointments each week. The group will spay/neuter over 4,000 community cats this year and has altered over 30,000 stray cats in our community since they began their work in 1999. For more information or to schedule a spay/neuter for a community cat, call 502-634-8777 or visit www.alleycatadvocates.org.
ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with our next BIG FIX!
Please come help make a real difference for the cats we adore. They are calling your name!!! 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 .
April Zirnheld and her family hosted the first annual Bernie’s Buddies 5k walk/run through Iroquois park on November 8th.
The event honored Bernard Abell, April’s father and a life-long animal lover.
Bernie’s Buddies donated over $1100 in proceeds to Alley Cat Advocates. This gift will help Alley Cat Advocates to provide spay or neuter and vaccinations to 22 more community cats this year.
Mr. Abell was known and loved by our team as a wonderful gaurdian and advocate for community cats. He is missed and we are so honored to be a part of his beautiful legacy.
This year we’ve had an unusually high number of cats in foster care … from litters of kittens to community cats with injuries, infections and parasites.
Right now there are 84 cats in the homes of Alley Cat Advocates foster volunteers.
Since we began, Alley Cat Advocates has been committed to providing a gold standard of care to our community cats. We do not euthanize cats that have treatable conditions.
Healing Takes Time
Healing takes time. By providing 2-3 weeks of foster care, a cat can receive the medical treatment and recovery time she or he needs.
Outdoor community cats cannot easily rest and receive needed medical treatment in their natural outdoor environment.
And, shelters don’t have the time or space for animals to rest and heal. By fostering, you prevent the animal from being euthanized due to time and space limitations.
Foster Volunteers Save Lives
After a few weeks of medical attention and rest, a community cat fostered by Alley Cat Advocates can return to their outdoor home. And a shelter cat can return to the Kentucky Humane Society or Louisville Metro Animal Services and go directly to the adoption floor to find their forever home!
Interested in becoming a foster volunteer?
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