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.
We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with our next BIG FIXES! Yes, that’s right! It is kitten season and we’re working overtime with two Big Fix events in March!
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 .
Love your community cats … but don’t want more?
Kitten season is right around the corner. And, these unseasonably warm February days mean kitties are getting an early start. They are getting frisky, and you know what that means.
Don’t forget about the fellows!
Fixing your male cats prevents more unwanted pregnancies and reduces or eliminates the incidence of roaming, fighting, urine marking and other objectionable behaviors.
Get ahead of kitten season!
Now is the time to fix your cats!
Call (502) 634-8777 to get started.
Neighborhoods Program Expands to ALL Jefferson County Zip Codes
Alley Cat Advocates is receiving national attention and support for our progress in making this the safest city in the country for community cats!
Thanks to support from Petsmart Charities, ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society, the Neighborhoods Program has been expanded to
all Jefferson County Zip Codes.
Day-by-day and cat-by-cat we are working with our partners at Metro Animal Services and Kentucky Humane Society to:
- Implement Trap-Neuter-Return and other key programs to reduce community cat over-population.
- Improve the health and safety of community cats by providing a gold-standard of medical care to community cats.
- Improve outcomes for community cats that end up in a local shelters.