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Next BIG FIX: June 14

Posted on May 24th, 2015

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 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 .

No lines! No waiting! Please spread the news …

Posted on May 11th, 2015

Appointments available now with no waiting. If you feed and care for unowned community cats, now is the time to get them fixed.

Don’t delay! Call (502) 634-8777 to get started.

We’ve geared up for spring and have appointments open for your community cat! Appointments are currently subsidized and donation-based.

Kitty will receive the best veterinary care of his life … he’ll be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and earmites and get great veterinary care.

Fixing your cats prevents unwanted pregnancies and reduces or eliminates roaming, fighting, urine marking and other objectionable behaviors.

Call us today at (502) 634-8777 to get started.

Fearless Feline Caretaker Never Slows Down

Posted on May 11th, 2015

“It took forever to catch her. After 15 kittens, we were so happy we finally caught the ringleader that I cried. She is like a mama to all the other cats.”

Elizabeth, who lives in Southern Indiana and works in Louisville, isn’t letting the distance or her age (68) slow her down. Elizabeth and her daughter Lee drive across the bridge twice a day, seven days a week, to check on the cat colony located near their workplace.

It all began with some kittens that were likely dumped roadside. Two of Lee’s friends each adopted a kitten. The rest grew up and multiplied into a colony of about 30 cats. That was four years ago. The mother and daughter team worked hard to spay and neuter and reduced the colony to 20. They have assisted other caretakers to trap and spay/neuter their cats as well.

“All the cats are fixed and ear-tipped now except for two males. Alley Cat Advocates caught four of them, and we got the rest. Those males are hard to catch!” laughed Elizabeth.

Over a four-year period, they were able to reduce a colony of 30+ cats to about 20 through a Trap-Neuter-Return process recommended by Alley Cat Advocates.

The cats live in seven houses made from sturdy plastic bins. Each house has straw inside and is wrapped with insulation. It’s in a busy but hidden traffic area, and Elizabeth and Lee keep it raked, weeds pulled, and trash picked up.

Elizabeth explained she grew up with cats, dogs and many other animals. She currently has six cats at home, three of which have chronic medical conditions. If one of the cats in the colony needs medical attention, they take it to a nearby animal hospital and pay for its medical bills, just as they would care for their own pets. They also clean ears and comb for fleas, whatever is needed to keep them healthy.

“It’s the right thing to do,” she said. “I preach spay and neuter all the time. I’ve had people say to me, ‘Can I bring my (community) cat and you get it fixed for me?’ I say, ‘No, it’s your responsibility.’ But we could not have done this without the help of Alley Cat Advocates. I don’t know what would have happened to them otherwise. Not everyone loves cats.”

Elizabeth’s favorite time of day is when they pull up to feed the guys. “They all come running up the path to greet us. They know the sound of our car and know it’s feeding time. It’s a nice feeling.”

“If I ever win the lottery, I would build them a great place to live. And go live with them.”

Scruffy, Cheeto, Tiny (who weighs nearly 21 pounds) and her brother Tank, Bootsie, Ozzie, Paris, and their friends have a pretty good life, all in all.

Leave a Legacy

Posted on May 8th, 2015

Leave a Legacy

Change the future for animals in our community!

Making a planned gift to Alley Cat Advocates is a meaningful way to share your love and compassion for animals in our community. It is also a wonderful way to say thank you to those animals who have touched your life.

Please support Alley Cat Advocates through planned giving, estate planning, donating appreciated assets, insurance policies, or charitable trusts.

For more information contactus@alleycatadvocates.org.

Volunteer Help Needed

Posted on May 8th, 2015

Flowers are blooming, cats are mating, and phones are ringing! It is busy season at Alley Cat Advocates.

We need your assistance in these areas:

  • Volunteer trappers are needed to assist elderly and disabled caretakers and their community cats. Please email personnel@alleycatadvocates.org if you can help.
  • Feeders are needed nightly to feed and check-on kitties. Please email personnel@alleycatadvocates.org if you can help out once a week, or a couple of times each month.
  • Volunteers are needed each Saturday to help caretakers who have appointments in the coming week. Please email personnel@alleycatadvocates.org if you can volunteer one Saturday each month.
  • The Education & Community Outreach team needs volunteers to help represent us at local festivals and events. Please email education@alleycatadvocates.org to get more info.