Alley Cat Advocates, a Louisville-based, nationally recognized non-profit organization, held a ceremony today to celebrate its move to a new state-of-the-art facility. The new location will allow the group to expand and improve services as they help stabilize and lower Louisville’s stray cat population. The 21-year-old organization utilizes the accepted and proven method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Alley Cat Advocates joins numerous animal welfare organizations in taking a humane and efficient approach to managing the challenging number of outdoor cats living in Louisville.
The new facility will be named The Karen and Hoyt Little Community Cat Complex, after the organization’s current director and founders.
“This is a critical next step in the evolution of Alley Cat Advocates,” said Karen Little, executive director. “We are proud of our work as well as the broad community support that helped make this happen. This will improve the quality of life for these animals as well as the overall quality of life in Louisville. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The new facility, located at 3524 Newburg Road on the Louisville Metro Animal Services campus, will allow Alley Cat Advocates to improve services and efficiencies by consolidating all operations in one building. A spay/neuter clinic, a medical rehabilitation space, special needs/hospice foster rooms and administrative offices will be all housed under one roof for the first time in the group’s 21-year history. The move will enable the organization to provide assistance to more cats. The solidification of its longtime partnership with Louisville Metro Animal Services will create opportunities and unlimited possibilities for Alley Cat Advocates’ work.
In some cases, cats who cannot be returned to their environment due to permanent injuries, illness or age, as doing so would be inhumane. The new facility will have a designated space to house these cats in a pair of “special needs/hospice foster rooms” so they are available for adoption or can live out their lives in comfort. The organization is not a pet adoption agency but frequently works with local groups that do provide those services.
“Alley Cat Advocates provides an incredibly valuable service to our community,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “As a result of their hard work, the financial savings they create results in increased investment in Louisville through the many services the city provides on a daily basis.”
Trap-Neuter-Return is a widely accepted and proven method in the animal welfare community. This method supports the improvement of cats’ lives, and also promotes the humane treatment of community cats. Cats that are not returned to their environment are more likely to spend the remainder of their lives in a shelter cage, only to be euthanized at a relatively young age. Alley Cat Advocates was among the earliest organizations in the United States to adopt the Trap-Neuter-Return method, and many communities have followed their example. To learn more about Alley Cat Advocates, visit alleycatadvocates.org.
Sarah Robinson comes to Alley Cat Advocates with 6 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician with an extensive background in emergency and trauma. She live with 3 cats and 2 dogs that are all lovable rescues. Sarah enjoys true crime, sweet wine and podcasts on macabre history. On vacation, Sarah makes a point to visit zoos in other areas. So far, she has enjoyed visits to zoos in Nashville, Chicago, San Diego and Cincinnati and of course, our Louisville Zoo.
Sandy Braley joins the Alley Cat Advocates staff as a veterinary assistant. Sandy has worked as a veterinary technician for many years in general practice. Also Sandy devoted seven years volunteering for Alley Cat Advocates sedating cats for Big Fixes. Sandy shares her home with four cats, one husband and one Corgi to herd them all together! Sandy and her husband, Keith, enjoy traveling and camping with their Corgi. At home, reading, gardening and enjoying cat time are favorite activities.
Dr. Marie Gagnon, DVM is from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. She received a general sciences degree from the CEGEP de Sherbrooke, in 1987. In 1993, she graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Universite de Montreal. She then completed an internship at the Pittsburgh Zoo. In 1994, she relocated to Louisville, where she bought an existing veterinary hospital and practiced small animal medicine for 20 + years. After selling her small animal practice, Dr. Gagnon has been working at multiple shelters and spay/neuter clinics all around Kentucky and Indiana. Working part time with Alley Cat Advocates as the medical consultant for about one year, she is very excited to come on board as the lead Veterinarian. Dr. Gagnon has multiple cats, dogs, a horse and 2 donkeys. She recently became a grandmother for the first time and enjoys spending time with her daughter Alexandra and grand-daughter Adalyn Marie.
The winter 2020 edition of the Humane News, news for the friends and supporters of Alley Cat Advocates, is now available. Click below to read up on all the exciting news!
Humane News – Winter 2020