Alley Cat Advocates was founded by Karen and Hoyt Little. In the 1990s, Karen and her husband Hoyt lived in Old Louisville. Karen was employed at the nearby University of Louisville, and she enjoyed walking to and from work. During these walks, she noticed a number of stray cats and, because they were thought to be homeless, she began bringing those stray cats home with her. After filling their house to capacity, and also filling the homes of their friends and family, Karen and Hoyt realized that adoption was not the solution to the stray cat problem. They also understood that stray cats were an issue in many other areas of the city.
Deciding that they wanted to “make a difference” in the problem of cat overpopulation, Karen and Hoyt began looking for programs that addressed the issue of community cats. They volunteered with several animal organizations, but could not find a local group that was focused on spay and neuter.
They began traveling to conferences around the country, seeking out successful community cat programs and the reasons for their success. They identified two key components needed to build a successful program in Louisville…a high volume spay/neuter clinic and a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. Karen and Hoyt decided to start a volunteer TNR group, Alley Cat Advocates, as working with TNR allowed them to most easily maintain their full-time careers.
Alley Cat Advocates (ACA) has received an emergency grant from the Kentucky Colonels. The funds will be used to purchase a surgery light to be used in the surgical suite of the Community Cat Complex. Additional funds will also provide for 150 spay/neuter surgeries for cats in the community. The funds will help ACA reduce the number of cats euthanized in local shelters by providing spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and veterinary care.
The little tortie girl came in for a spay over a month ago, but was unable to have surgery. Her abdomen was full of fluid and our veterinary team was very concerned. Ginger was sent to an emergency hospital for further evaluation. Doctors there saw problems with her kidneys and heart and the outlook was bleak. We were devastated that there was so little hope for such a young cat. But the hospital team continued to try and to the amazement of everyone she pulled through! While she recovered, the mystery remained – what was the cause of the initial problem. Further tests have ruled out a variety of possible issues, but none have given any definitive answers. Meanwhile, Ginger continues to do well and after a month of no other problems, she was finally spayed just last week. But she isn’t done with doctors just yet. Ginger is still in need of dental work to repair some issues with her teeth and gums. We need your help to cover the cost of her expensive dental procedure and recovery.
Do you want to make a difference like never before? We are hiring a veterinary assistant for our new Community Cat Complex.
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Cathy Miller is relatively new to the Alley Cat Advocates Board of Directors. Having just joined the organization this year, she is excited to bring her skills to the board knowing that she can help steer the organization and support fundraising efforts to continue the great work of helping community cats lead better, healthier lives. She is a full time Realtor with Coldwell Banker McMahan and a proud wife to Capt. Andrew Sasse of the St. Matthews Fire Department. They are now empty-nesters, except for three horses (Domino, Chaos, & Earring), a cat (Meow), and a dog (Bunny) – doesn’t seem like a very empty nest. In her free time Cathy can be found in her stained glass art studio or in the garden with Meow. She loves to share the food they grow with neighbors and friends. She also serves on a variety of professional real estate boards and committees at both the state and local levels.