Campaign to raise $800,000 will extend efforts to save cats’ lives in the region
Louisville, Ky. – February 26, 2019. Founded 20 years ago today, Alley Cat Advocates has spayed or neutered over 45,000 stray, free-roaming cats and has seen our community transformed into one that respects the needs of our citizens – cat lovers or not – and our community cats. Today, we announce an $800,000 campaign that will serve to extend our efforts to save even more cats’ lives and provide more support to all citizens in our community.
Alley Cat Advocates has accepted the opportunity to move our operations onto Louisville Metro Animal Services’ new campus with the lease of a freestanding building of approximately 4,500 square feet. To accommodate our needs, this $800,000 campaign will raise the funds to prepare this new Community Cat Complex for our use. With an anticipated completion date of mid-summer 2019, the building will provide adequate space to have, under one roof, the following functions:
- Spay/Neuter Clinic – allowing us to return to directly providing surgeries for our community cat clients and LMAS’ community cats,
- Medical Rehabilitation Space – allowing us to directly provide short-term care for community cats now being hospitalized and/or boarded at clinics throughout our community,
- Special Needs/Hospice Foster Space – allowing us to house the small number of community cats for whom return to outdoor life is inhumane in a location adjacent to LMAS’ adoption facility, providing easy access for citizens interested in adopting these special cats, and
- Office Space – replacing current leased space
Campaign Chair, Susan Sweeney Crum explains our impact, “Fifteen years ago, Alley Cat Advocates helped me round up and neuter a half dozen or so cats that lived in our barn, producing litter after litter. Their help and guidance ensured a better future for our feline friends, who eventually warmed up to their “humans” enough to let us love on them a little. When the opportunity arose to join the Alley Cat Advocates’ board, and then to chair this campaign, I was excited and happy to give back. Alley Cat Advocates is making our community the safest place for community cats to live.”
With over $400,000 raised toward our goal, it is now time to open the opportunity to our wider community of supporters. A variety of naming and leadership gift opportunities exist to help us realize our goal of having a Community Cat Complex to help more stray, free-roaming cats and their people.
“This is a dream of a lifetime for cats in our community,” said Karen Little, the organization’s co-founder and executive director. She continues, “Those wishing to be a part of this fantastic opportunity can contact me directly at 502-634-8777, ext. 8, click HERE, or email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Community Cat Complex
This year is off to a great start, and February is not too late to get a 2019 Alley Cat Advocates wall calendar to keep your schedule on track. We have a few left and they are now 50% OFF through the end of February. Use code CalendarSale in our online shop
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All Alley Cat Advocates merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets, are also 50% off. These make a great gift for your Valentine, and show your support for community cats. Sizes and styles are limited, so shop now
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Caroline Griggs joins us as Operations Director. In this position, she directs the day-to-day operations of our trap-neuter-return program, manages incoming calls to the hotline and schedules caretakers for surgery, and works regularly with our veterinary and shelter partners to ensure the well-being of the cats who come through our program. Laura Saleem joins us as Assistant to the Executive Director where she will provide administrative support to the Executive Director. We are excited to welcome Caroline and Laura to the team!
Alley Cat Advocates thanks the BISSELL Pet Foundation
for their generous donation to our work. With partners such as the BISSELL Pet Foundation, we are able to support our community by providing spay and neuter surgeries to even more community cats.
Thanks, BISSELL Pet Foundation. With your help, we’re making Louisville the safest city in the country to be a community cat.
Every year Alley Cat Advocates takes part in Mayor Greg Fischer’s Building Our Blocks (BOB) program. It was created as a response to systemic neighborhood challenges in Louisville. BOB brings together Louisville Metro Government agencies with community leaders and partner organizations to take steps to minimize blight, deter crime, beautify neighborhoods and build hope – one block at a time. BOB partners lend their time and resources to connect directly with residents to strengthen community engagement and provide on-the-spot services during the event.