When a nursing mom checks in for surgery, her kittens get to come to kitten daycare. At kitten daycare staff or volunteers care for the babies while mom is in surgery and provide early interventions, like flea preventative, vaccines and dewormer. Sometimes we also find issues that require more extensive treatment in the kittens. When this boy came in with his family, he was completely unable to see. All three 4 week old kittens suffered from an upper respiratory infection, but in addition, this little guy was dealing with damage to his eyes. The whole family stayed in foster care while the kittens received treatment and once they were weaned, mom was able to go home. The kittens are almost completely recovered, although the one boy will have vision impairments for the rest of his life. We are working with the caretakers to help place the kittens in an adoption program. Treatments for these small kittens can sometimes be costly, but it is often the only chance at life. Fragile kittens struggle to survive, which is another reason why spay and neuter is so very important.
After 20 years of hard work and helping to effectively manage Louisville’s community cat population, this week is a chance for everyone to commemorate the milestone with Alley Cat Advocates Week. As many of you know, through the proven and humane method of trap-neuter-return (TNR), Alley Cat Advocates has not only improved the lives of thousands of community cats, but we have also improved the overall quality of life in this city. In doing so, we have become an example for other communities, many of whom wish to duplicate our successful cat population management efforts.
We have designated this week, October 13 – 19 as Alley Cat Advocates Week to thank our many volunteers, express our gratitude to our generous longtime donors, and to call attention to our capital campaign – which will support an exciting new chapter in the growth and evolution of our organization.
Since its founding, Alley Cat Advocates’ work has allowed the shelter to shift funds from daily cat management to other critical needs such as saving medically challenged cats and dogs and providing enrichment and support, particularly to dogs, to allow them to leave the shelter alive and healthy. Indeed, our work has helped reduce euthanasia rates for cats and dogs in our municipal shelter. The community benefits we provide are profound but sometimes unseen.
Though our services are provided at no charge to community cat caregivers, we still require funding to continue operations. Despite the many generous donors, supporters, veterinarians and volunteers who provide support and assistance – to whom we are eternally grateful – we still face financial challenges to ensure Alley Cat Advocates remains viable and impactful for years to come.
As we grow and evolve, evidenced by our move next year to a new facility on the Metro Animal Services campus, we are hoping to wrap up our capital campaign to raise funds to support the move. Please consider making a contribution today and sharing the Alley Cat Advocates story this week with friends. Let your friends and family know that this week is Alley Cat Advocates week, tell them about our web site at alleycatadocates.org, ask them to follow us on Facebook and ask them to consider giving. It’s truly an investment in animal welfare, as well as the quality of life for everyone in Louisville.
Pictured are Susan Sweeney-Crum (Alley Cat Advocates board member) and Tad Myre from Kentucky Colonels
Louisville, KY – Alley Cat Advocates is proud to announce it has received a grant from the Honorable Order Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) in the amount of $7,000 to purchase a commercial washer or dryer for use in their new Community Cat Complex.
The Alley Cat Advocates serves Louisville and surrounding communities by working to stabilize and reduce Louisville’s community cat population and improve the lives of community cats, through the tested, proven and humane method of trap-neuter-return.
HOKC will award $2.1 million in grants supporting 265 non-profits, impacting more than 3.9 million Kentuckians. This year’s total is a record for HOKC’s Good Works Program and represents HOKC reaching the $50-million mark since the Colonels became a 501(c)3 in 1951. Grants are made possible through donations from active Kentucky Colonels from around the world who chose to exercise this honor in a meaningful way.
HOKC Commanding General Lynn Ashton said: “We cast a wide net across the Commonwealth and across the scope of those in need from aiding the abused, to assisting the handicapped, to supporting crisis relief to historic preservation. Our goal is to annually grant $5-mlllion to worthy causes. All funding is generated through donations from active Colonels ranging from $1 to major gifts, so to get to that dollar amount we must reach Colonels not engaged with us.”
Those interested in being an active KY Colonel or nominating someone to become a KY Colonel contact HOKC National Headquarters at (502) 266-6114 or go to www.kycolonels.org.
For assistance from Alley Cat Advocates or to donate to further their work, please call 502-634-8777.
Alley Cat Advocates joined over 500 local non-profits participating in Give for Good Louisville on September 12. This annual day of giving, hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville, invites everyone to be a force for good in our community. Give for Good Louisville showed how much Louisville cares for community cats. Alley Cat Advocates received just over $22,000 in donations. Support like this allows us to save more lives and help more cats!
Paul, named for a saint, came in for a neuter in early August. The sweet senior was emaciated, likely due to severe dental disease that made him cry out in pain when he ate. He also had entropion of the left lower eyelid. This is a very painful condition that required a surgical repair. A complicated dental surgery resulted in him having a full mouth extraction (all his teeth removed). He also had to have a feeding tube in order to allow his mouth a few days to heal. Tough as nails, Paul hated that tube and let us know that he preferred to eat on his own! With his mouth mostly healed, Paul is back with his caretaker, being spoiled and pampered while he completes his recovery. We think that Paul will live out his retirement in all the kitty comfort he could ever want.
Complicated cases like Paul’s require extra veterinary care and staff care during recovery. Your donations make life-saving outcome for cats like Paul happen.