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Next BIG FIX: September 28

Posted on September 16th, 2014

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with our next BIG FIX which is scheduled for Sunday, September 28.

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 contactus@alleycatadvocates.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 contactus@alleycatadvocates.org.
 

Next BIG FIX: September 14

Posted on August 20th, 2014

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with our next BIG FIX which is scheduled for Sunday, September 14.

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 contactus@alleycatadvocates.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 contactus@alleycatadvocates.org.
 

Leash Law? Understanding Our City Ordinance

Posted on August 5th, 2014

Recently, a Kentucky city passed a leash law. Alley Cat Advocates received a number of calls and emails from concerned citizens wondering if this city’s law would Leash law?have a negative impact on our unowned community cats. It does not.

But, we’re glad you asked.  Those questions prompted us to share a brief overview of our wonderful, groundbreaking Metro Louisville city ordinance!

In early 2012, Alley Cat Advocates, Metro Animal Services and Metro Council representatives began working to develop an ordinance that would serve the citizens and the cats of our community. In late April, 2012 the revised ordinance was brought before the Metro City Council and was unanimously passed.

The new ordinance established Trap-Neuter-Return as an accepted management strategy at Metro Animal Services, and then went even further to protect community cats.

Cats in our community are now divided into two categories: “Owned cats” and “Unowned Community cats”.

Owned Cats:

  • Must be licensed
  • Must remain on their owner’s property (the leash law)

 

Unowned Community Cats:

  • Don’t need to be licensed
  • Don’t need to remain on an owner’s property, as they have no owner
  • No longer are subjected to the “stray hold” – the mandatory period that a cat must be held in the shelter

This ordinance has had a tremendous impact on saving lives and keeping our community cats safe! Alley Cat Advocates’ work with our partners Metro Animal Services and The Kentucky Humane Society has received national recognition as a model that is saving lives and reducing pet overpopulation.

Supporting Alley Cat Advocates by shopping at Kroger JUST GOT EASIER!

Posted on August 5th, 2014

Enroll NOW to support Alley Cat Advocates!  Beginning September 1, you’ll support Alley Cat Advocates every time you scan your Kroger Plus Card!    Here’s how to enroll:

  1. Visit www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Sign in to your online account, or create an account
  3. Scroll down to find your location and click “Enroll Now”
  4. Find and select Alley Cat Advocates, and click “Save”
  5. You’ll need to re-enroll every August.  We’ll remind you!

You’ll start earning rewards for Alley Cat Advocates beginning September 1 on qualifying purchases of food, gas and pharmacy purchases made using your Kroger Plus Card.

Krogering for Alley Cat Advocates

 

The OLD Gift Cards will not benefit Alley Cat Advocates after September 1 Don’t worry, you can still use the remaining balance on your card.  But, beginning September 1, this will no longer help Alley Cat Advocates.

Have a question? Need help signing up? Contact development@alleycatadvocates.org   Thank you for your support!

 

More Zip Codes Added to Target City’s Unowned Community Cats

Posted on August 3rd, 2014

Alley Cat Advocates is pleased to announce another successful year in reducing the city’s unowned community cat population, according Karen Little, Executive Director of Alley Cat Advocates.  This means they can target new neighborhoods that need help.

Although the PetSmart Charities grant was designed to targeted specific zip codes, Alley Cat Advocates will help caretakers and community cats in ALL zip codes.

After the nonprofit group received a $75,000 grant from PetSmart Charities four years ago, Alley Cat Advocates first targeted zip code area 40215, which was identified by Louisville Metro Animal Services as having the highest number of community cats turned in to their facilities. “Over a two year period that zip code saw a 51% decrease in the number of community cats in their neighborhoods,” said Little.

Using a universally accepted method called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), Alley Cat Advocates, neighborhood caretakers, and Metro Animal Services work in partnership to provide spay/neuter and excellent veterinary care and to reduce the numbers of community cats in our city. Over a two-year period, the number of community cats without owners from 40215 that were turned in to Metro Animal Services dropped from 1,120 to 550.

The Alley Cat Advocates Neighborhood Program now serves these Louisville zip codes: 40208, 40209, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40217, 40219, 40258, and 40272.

Last year the program was expanded to include the 40208, 40214, 40215, 40258, and 40272 zip codes. Five new zip codes were added this year: 40209, 40213, 40216, 40217 and 40219.

Community cats which have been spayed or neutered are better neighbors, according to Karen. They stay closer to home and their caretakers. Behaviors like fighting, marking and spraying often disappear because those behaviors are related to mating and breeding, which results in too many kittens and overcrowded animal shelters is no longer an issue. TNR was approved by Metro City Council in 2012 as an accepted strategy to humanely control and care for our community cat population.

Although the PetSmart Charities grant was designed to targeted specific zip codes, Alley Cat Advocates will help caretakers and community cats in ALL zip codes.

Caretakers who feed and care for unowned community cats in any zip code can call the Alley Cat Advocates hotline at 502-634-8777.

Caretakers who feed and care for unowned community cats in any zip code can call the Alley Cat Advocates hotline at 502-634-8777.