The Cat’s Meow Wheel of Chance is returning this year virtually. Due to Covid-19, the in-person event has become a completely on-line experience. The Cat’s Meow Wheel of Chance opened today and will close on October 21 at 7 pm EDT. Now is the time to score some wonderful prizes while supporting Alley Cat Advocates and the great work that they do. Follow the link here to find out more and get your chances while they last.
The Alley Cat Advocates 2021 Calendar has arrived. Pre-orders are being shipped, but there are still a few calendars left in stock. These beautiful, cat-filled, full-color, wall calendars make the perfect gift or stocking-stuffer for friends, family and co-workers.
Remember, supplies are limited. So order your copies today. All proceeds from the sale of the 2021 wall calendar will be used to provide spay or neuter services, vaccinations and medical care for community cats in our region. Order yours here
HAPPY ENDING UPDATE: Hope is doing great! She is scheduled for her spay surgery next week and her caretaker is looking forward to having her home!
A few weeks ago Alley Cat Advocates was faced with a difficult decision. A young cat came in for TNR services that was clearly struggling to breathe. When the veterinary staff further examined her, they found that she had pyothorax, an accumulation of bacteria filled fluid around her heart and lungs. The treatment for this involves intensive care in a hospital setting with strong antibiotics, a chest tube to drain the fluids and close monitoring. Even with treatment the prognosis is guarded at best and many pet owners are not able to afford the costly treatments and opt for humane euthanasia. However, something about this little cat said that she wasn’t ready to give up.
The decision was made to pursue treatment and give her a chance. The tiny fighter quickly earned her name, Hope, at the animal hospital. The fluid had to be drained multiple times a day as it continued to fill her chest. Against the odds, she showed improvement. There was less fluid each day and every day the entire staff at Alley Cat Advocates looked forward to updates. Day by day she made small steps, while she charmed the hospital staff with her sweet personality. After two weeks in the hospital Hope was ready to return to the Community Cat Complex. She still needs some additional care and her caretaker is working with Alley Cat Advocates to determine what the best long term option will be for her. Hope deserves the chance to live, and so do many others like her. Give in her name to ensure that there is hope for every cat that comes to Alley Cat Advocates.
Alley Cat Advocates thanks Alley Cat Allies for their Emergency Grant Funding. The grant has allowed us to spay or neuter over 430 community cats at no cost to their caretakers in the past 2 months in our new Community Cat Complex. At times like these, with distractions of pandemic and social unrest, it is especially meaningful to have the help of this funding.
When Alley Cat Advocates spays or neuters over 90 cats a week, lives change, Not only the lives of the cats we physically touch but the lives of their caretakers. No longer do the cats suffer repeated pregnancies or long, dangerous travels to find mating partners but their caretakers rest easy in knowing the cats they care about live healthier, happier lives.
Alley Cat Allies, with this funding, has helped change both these feline and human lives. Thank you, Alley Cat Allies, for the difference you allowed us to make!
Lauren Kehr has been a volunteer with Alley Cat Advocates for over 20 years. In that time, she has served two terms on the board of directors, recruited and engaged volunteers through the Personnel Team, and given talks about Alley Cat Advocates and trap-neuter-return to groups and organizations across the area. Lauren has spent many hours doing hands on work at the Big Fixes. She has also shared her passion for helping community cats with others through community canvasing walks and tables at events. She enjoys mailing out thank you letters to donors, helping in the office weekly and helping caretakers at check-in, discharge and Saturday trap distribution. Lauren found out about Alley Cat Advocates from a small article in the newspaper. She decided to get involved when she met organization representatives at the St. James Art Festival. Lauren said she gets real satisfaction from “being a small cog in a well-oiled machine that has big successes and real purpose.” Lauren is just recently retired and while she was originally from Ohio, she has spent her entire adult life living in Kentucky. Lauren shares her life with 3 cats and her newest friend, a rescue dog with special needs!