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Volunteer Trappers Needed Immediately

Posted on January 12th, 2016

We’re looking for a few good men and women who care about helping people and cats!

trapper_1_2_3Louisville is lucky to have thousands of residents who care for community cats, keeping them fed and sheltered and getting them neutered. However, some of our elderly and disabled caretakers are not able to trap and transport the cats.

This is a critical need in our community. We need enough volunteer trappers to assist our most vulnerable cats and their caretakers.

Who can volunteer as a trapper?

  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Have your own transportation.
  • Hours are flexible, just a handful of hours over a few days.
  • A passion for helping animals.
  • No previous experience necessary – training provided.

Please contactus@alleycatadvocates.org to learn more.

Kitten Season in January?

Posted on January 12th, 2016

sally_winterkitten“About three weeks ago, I started yowling uncontrollably, which never happens in December. Then, I started feeling restless. I couldn’t settle down.

When Whacky Whiskers started following me around, I knew for sure what was happening … I was in heat!

I thought I had a few months of reprieve: no kittens, no male cats. But of course, this warm winter weather had to trick my body into thinking it was spring again. Now I’m a few weeks pregnant, and I’m worried! I wish I had a little tip of my ear missing like ZadieCat. She doesn’t seem to be having this problem!

The weather is getting colder. Scavenging for enough food around my neighborhood has been tough; I’m eating for at least three now! I find a bowl of food here or there, but people seem to be forgetting about us cats this time of year.

Honestly, I’m mostly worried about where I’m going to have these little cuties. Around here, there is really nowhere warm enough for my babies when they are first born in January. Even though I wasn’t expecting to have kittens this early in the year, they are still my babies, and I don’t want them to freeze.”

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Support Alley Cat Advocates … No Cost to YOU!

Posted on January 11th, 2016

krogerEnroll today to support Alley Cat Advocates every time you scan your Kroger Plus Card to buy groceries, prescriptions and gas!

The program costs you nothing. And, last year Kroger donated over $15,000 to Alley Cat Advocates because people like you chose us as your charity.

Visit www.kroger.com/communityrewards and select Alley Cat Advocates (#10571). Thank you!

Thank you to our friends at ASPCA

Posted on November 20th, 2015

aspca_techThank 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!

Media Release: Alley Cat Advocates Receives $84,000 from PetSmart Charities® to Spay/Neuter Unowned Community Cats

Posted on November 17th, 2015

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.

PetSmart_Charities_USWorking 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.