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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com .
In 2012 Louisville was selected to participate in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Community Partner program.
The ASPCA works with Alley Cat Advocates, Louisville Metro Animal Services and The Kentucky Humane Society. ASPCA provides support and tools to help partner agencies achieve their shared goals:
1.Increase live outcomes
Last week ASPCA released our 2014 Community Partner progress report. We are so proud of the results!
Increasing Live Outcomes
Our community-wide Live Release Rate reached 82.7%. This is an increase of 7.1% from 2013. This means many more of the animals that went into one of our community shelters in 2014 are still alive today! The animals were adopted, fostered, reunited with their owner … or if the animal was a community cat, they were spayed/neutered and returned to their caretaker and are now living a long and healthy life outdoors!
Total intake of animals into our community shelters was 10% lower than last year.
Alley Cat Advocates’ work has a huge, positive impact on this number. Every spayed/neutered community cat means fewer cats and kittens headed into our shelters each year!
Way to go, Louisville! You hit it out of the park! Read more at ASPCAPro
Meet Fob. She came to Alley Cat Advocates from Metro Animal Services. When she arrived she couldn’t use her back legs and had to drag herself to move from place to place.
She took up residence with an Alley Cat Advocates’ foster, where she met a kindred spirit named Bear. Bear is an adult cat who also has no use of his back legs. It was love at first sight. Bear and Fob licked, frolicked and played together. That’s when this sweet girl found her name, Fob, for Friend of Bear.
Not only did Bear and Fob bond, but with love and time Fob has regained full use of her legs. At the last Volunteer Meeting she stood tall and made the rounds to greet and thank Alley Cat Advocates volunteers.
Fob is a wonderful example of how resilient cats can be, and of how far our community has come in working together and finding good outcomes for animals.
Read the March/April 2015 Volunteer Gazette
Alley Cat Advocates provides these tips for caring for unowned, community cats in snow and cold temperatures:
- Remember to knock on the hood of your car before starting it. Cats climb into engines for warmth and protection.
- Community cats can get snowed in, so it is important to remove snow from all entrances and exits to their shelters. Shovel regularly to stay ahead of the snowfall.
- Avoid using salts and chemicals near your cat colonies that are designed to melt snow. They can be toxic when licked off paws or ingested from melting puddles and can hurt a cat’s paw pads.
- Cold weather increases a cat’s energy and nutritional needs. Provide extra water to prevent dehydration and replace it often to keep it from freezing.
- Provide plenty of dry food in addition to wet, as wet food will freeze in subfreezing temperatures.
- Provide shelters to keep the cats warm:
- Use storage bins (like Rubbermaid ®) that are lined with solid insulation, and cut out a doorway to create an instant shelter.
- A cardboard shelter is better than no shelter. To keep it from getting wet, elevate it off the ground, line with newspapers, and cover the lid with plastic such as a garbage bag.
- Use sheets of plywood to weigh down lightweight shelters made from plastic, cardboard, etc.
- Cats rely on body heat to stay warm, so keep your shelters small for colonies with just a few cats. For larger colonies, provide multiple shelters.
- Because it resists moisture, straw is the top choice for insulation and bedding in your shelter. Avoid blankets, which tend to absorb moisture and freeze.
ABOUT ALLEY CAT ADVOCATES, INC.
Alley Cat Advocates, Inc. was founded in 1999 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide for the humane treatment of stray, free-roaming cats in the metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky area. The volunteer organization has spayed/neutered over 30,000 community cats through their Trap- Neuter-Return program. For more information on Alley Cat Advocates and its programs, call 502-634- 8777 or visit www.alleycatadvocates.org.