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Meet Millie

Posted on August 22nd, 2016

Millie Millie’s thankfulness exudes from her hazel, saucer-sized eyes. She’ll walk right up to you, look into your eyes and beckon you to pet her without emitting a single meow.

If you happen to miss her signal, don’t worry. She’ll rub her face and body against your hand until you can’t help but show her some affection.  With such a pleasant attitude, you’d never know of Millie’s recent troubles.

A mere three weeks ago, Metro Animal Services contacted Alley Cat Advocates (ACA) about a cat they had picked up who had an ear tip, which means that she had been neutered at ACA in the past. An extreme flea allergy caused her to over groom. This resulted in a bacterial and yeast infection on her body. Her skin was raw and she was suffering.

millie perched on chairKaren Little, Alley Cat Advocates’s executive director acted fast. She picked up Millie and coordinated veterinary services for her. Because of this help, Millie no longer has fleas and is on steroids to remedy her infections. She is being fostered during her time of recovery.

Although she is still over-cleans sometimes, her raw spots are healing, and she’s no longer suffering. Right now she looks like a little black lion. The majority of her hair is sparse while her body heals. However, she has a thick mane around her face and paws.

Karen, who has been taking care of Millie while she heals says Millie “wants to eat all the time” and is full of curiosity. She isn’t afraid of people and longs for their attention.

Millie is a fighter, and she hasn’t let this experience stop her from showing affection and gratitude.

Alley Cat Advocates provides the gold standard of care to every cat in our care.  Please consider making a donation to care for Millie and cats like Millie with special medical needs. Thank you for your support!

Dreamer is not too old or blind to feel love

Posted on August 16th, 2016

A few months ago an old, skinny stray cat was brought to Louisville Metro Animal Services. Shelter workers could tell right away the gray cat was dehydrated, quite elderly, and completely blind. In addition, this bony kitty had a respiratory problem and was severely underweight.

DreamerHowever, the cat was ear-tipped, which means that he had been neutered at Alley Cat Advocates, probably a long time ago. Workers at LMAS stabilized him with water and food, then contacted Karen Little, executive director at Alley Cat Advocates, and she picked him up. Otherwise, his fate would have been euthanasia.

“Dreamer can’t go back outside. A blind cat like this won’t make it on the street,” was Karen’s assessment. “He needs hospice care.”

Karen has identified a problem that our city needs to resolve: how to provide foster care for elderly, frail community cats who have used up eight of their nine lives. “Fospice” (think foster + hospice) is the new term for this kind of animal care.

“Fospice” (think foster + hospice)

Dreamer meets volunteersWith fospice care, elderly and terminally ill cats like Dreamer are able to receive comfort, love, and care in their final months, a service usually reserved for humans. Just like our pets, elderly community cats deserve a happy end to their lives too.

Karen reported at a recent meeting, where she brought Dreamer for a visit, that he has regained about one-third of his weight and is stable.

If you know of someone who is interested in providing a fospice care for Dreamer or another elderly community cat, please contact Alley Cat Advocates at 502-634-8777 or contactus@alleycatadvocates.org.

Meet Peter and Wilma Crisler, Cat Superheroes

Posted on August 7th, 2016

The little calico mom was starving. As she tried to ween her eight-week old kittens, she grew thinner and thinner. It was October and only getting colder; the three cats may not make it through the winter, but momma cat continued searching for food. She stopped in a backyard, and found some kind souls who fed her. Little did she know, she had landed in the yard of cat superheroes.

crislerWilma and Peter Crisler have always been animal lovers. Because Wilma can never “stand the thought of anything being hungry,” she fed this beautiful calico cat (who they named Sophie) and her kittens. She told her neighbors about the cats in her back yard, and the neighbors offered to raise the two kittens if Wilma could trap them. Within ten days, Wilma had trapped the two kittens for her neighbor and called Alley Cat Advocates to arrange for Sophie to be spayed through a quick fix. She heard about Alley Cat Advocates through word-of-mouth from a friend.

After Sophie healed from her surgery, the Crislers released her into the wilds of their back yard. She took off like a flash but has never gone too far.

“I was so grateful for Alley Cat Advocates help,” Wilma said.

Since Sophie, Wilma has trapped four more cats, each of whom she named: Simba, Headley, Goldie and Handsome. She said that they trap cats and take them to Alley Cat Advocates because they believe they are truly helping these cats not only to live extended lives, but healthier and happier ones.

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                                      Sophie

Both Peter and Wilma have always loved animals. Pete grew up in a family who loved dogs and cats, and Wilma grew up on a farm.

“I grew up with all the farm animals as my pets, even raccoons and lizards. I’ve always loved them all,” Wilma said.

This big heart and passion for animals has extended into their continued care for the cats around them. Pete used Alley Cat Advocates’ website to build a winter shelter for Sophie. He even bought a motion-sensor heating pad that turns on when Sophie lays down in her shelter.

The Crislers continue to be big advocates for Alley Cat Advocates. They recently attended a Big Fix and were amazed at the efficiency and precision of the entire process. They are also advocates of the trap-neuter-return process.

“If you do trap, neuter and return, it keeps down the population and makes you feel good about yourself,” Wilma said. “It feels good to help something that can’t help itself.”

After 47 years of marriage, Wilma still remembers her mother’s advice about finding the right man – “Don’t trust a man who doesn’t like cats.” When she met Pete, she knew she had a keeper because he liked cats. Now the two are cat superheroes and have saved the lives of so many in their neighborhood.

“We love cats, and we love helping Alley Cat Advocates,” Wilma said.

(Re)Enroll at Kroger Community Rewards During August

Posted on July 30th, 2016

krogerIt is time to re-enroll! Kroger requires that you confirm Alley Cat Advocates as your choice each year in August. If you don’t renew, your support expires.

Re-enroll now to continue supporting Alley Cat Advocates every time you scan your Kroger Plus Card to buy groceries, prescriptions and gas!

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

This program helped us reach over 300 more unowned community cats!

To Enroll or (Re)Enroll:

Need an excuse to eat out?

Posted on July 30th, 2016

Need an excuse to eat out? Take this voucher to your favorite Chili’s location and 15% of your pre-tax purchase will benefit Alley Cat Advocates!

Bring this voucher, printed or digital. Dine in or carry out! Visit one of the great Louisville or Southern Indiana Chili’s locations between August 1 and October 29, 2016.

Need extra to share?  Download and print vouchers to share and distribute!

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