Thank you to the wonderful donors who made Nigel’s Catio even more beautiful than before. The landscaping, design and install were all donated by generous donors who were thrilled to see the cats enjoying the new surroundings. The added interest has given the cats and the humans even more to enjoy. As the weather continues to warm, everyone has been slipping outside for some catio time.
Jimmy was in a fight for his life. Severe dental disease, emaciated, kidney disease, anemia – any of these are tough to deal with. Jimmy has faced them all. We didn’t know exactly what happened to Jimmy, but we knew he needed our help.
He desperately needed dental work to ease the pain in his mouth, but afterward he became very anemic. He was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for a life-saving blood transfusion. Things have been touch and go for Jimmy, but at this point he is doing well. He has moved into the catio and is enjoying the new landscaping and his new friends. We know that there is no price tag on saving Jimmy. Unfortunately, getting him to this point and his long term care are very expensive. Please donate to show Jimmy and other cats like him that their lives are priceless.
Fifteen years ago, Terri Hoge read an article in the Courier Journal about the work that Alley Cat Advocates does. Shortly after, she attended a volunteer orientation. She started volunteering at Big Fixes, eventually moving in to a team leader role in the post-surgery area. She has also helped with discharge and feeding of cats the morning after surgery. At one time, Terri oversaw all of Alley Cat Advocates donation boxes around the community. Currently, she collects donations monthly from 3 boxes. She is also always available to spread the word about Alley Cat Advocates at tabling events around the community. Terri and her husband of 25 years, Peyton, are avid hot air balloon enthusiast and bring out their hot air balloon for the Alley Cat Advocates float in the annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade. Terri is also on our office volunteer team and is faithfully here each week stuffing envelopes, reconciling reports and filing paperwork along with anything else that needs to be done. Terri loves helping the cats, but she also loves the teamwork of the staff and volunteers. In her words, “It’s an awesome team!” Terri is retired from National City Bank and she and Peyton currently share their home with their cat, Phoenix and their very large dog, Louie.
Karla Spencer is an advocate for cats. With a long history volunteering for animal groups and a love of cats, Karla found Alley Cat Advocates to be a great fit when she was looking for a new volunteer job in 2015. Karla started volunteering at the Big Fix with her friend and moved into other opportunities as they developed. Karla really enjoys making new friends that love cats and connecting with caretakers at trap distribution and check-in. Karla has raised 2 animal loving daughters and lives with just one kitty at home. She always has plenty of cats around her, though. Working with Alley Cat Advocates, Karla learned more than she ever knew before about all things cats. She has taken that knowledge and opened one of the very few nonprofit cat cafes in the US. Karla continues to share Alley Cat Advocates mission with people she meets through the café.
Chelsea Anderson has been a volunteer with Alley Cat Advocates since November 2019. In that time she has found her niche in transcription, but we can count on her wherever she is needed – creating holiday vet baskets, trap distribution and tabling. Of course, the cats are what drew Chelsea’s attention to Alley Cat Advocates. She says she knew she wanted to be involved with a feline related organization and “after seeing and hearing everything that they’ve done in the community, I knew it was a great organization to be involved with.” Chelsea loves knowing that she has a hand in controlling the cat population here in Louisville and the surrounding areas. At home, Chelsea has two kitties, Marshall (7) and Kal-El (5). When she isn’t working at American Heart Association (or being quarantined) she likes to attend Refit at Southeast Sports & Fitness, play trivia with friends and catch up on my Netflix and Hulu. She is also an active member at Southeast Christian Church and has gotten to know the Louisville community pretty well since moving here in August 2019 through volunteering with Gilda’s Club, Thrift ‘n’ Thrive and being an Actors Associate at Actor’s Theatre in addition to working with Alley Cat Advocates.