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Many Happy Returns: New manual will help guide your return-to-field program

Posted on July 11th, 2019

The Summer 2019 edition of Animal Sheltering Magazine features an article by Danielle Bays, Community Cats Program Manager for the Humane Society of the United States, titled “Many Happy Returns: New manual will help guide your return-to-field program.” Alley Cat Advocates Executive Director Karen Little co-authored the manual which can be downloaded at no cost here. The article and manual outline how these two lifesaving programs, when combined strategically, have resulted in dramatic reductions in shelter intake and euthanasia in the communities that have implemented them.

Alley Cat Advocates Receives Funds to Assist Nelson County Residents

Posted on June 12th, 2019

Louisville, Ky. – June 10, 2019

Alley Cat Advocates of Louisville, Kentucky has been awarded a $12,000 grant by Best Friends Animal Society. The grant will be used for Alley Cat Advocates’ regional live-saving efforts in Nelson County communities.

Alley Cat Advocates is a nonprofit organization serving Louisville and the surrounding counties. Using a humane Trap-Neuter-Return program, Alley Cat Advocates has altered over 45,000 stray cats in the region since beginning in 1999. Since 2011 alone, these efforts have contributed to a 63% reduction in the intake of cats at Louisville Metro Animal Services, dramatically reducing taxpayer cost, overcrowded conditions, and animal euthanasia.

Investments and support from Best Friends Animal Society will help Alley Cat Advocates provide Trap-Neuter-Return services to Nelson County residents. Caretakers of cats that live outside in Nelson County will be able to receive spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations against disease, treatment for worms, fleas, ear mites, and a vet exam, as well as an ear tip all at no cost to them.

“Alley Cat Advocates is excited about the opportunity to help residents of Nelson County provide a humane alternative to managing the county’s cat overpopulation problem. These funds are the first step to providing the assistance that is long overdue and we are anxious to get started,” said Karen Little, the organization’s co-founder and executive director.

Alley Cat Advocates Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Campaign to Expand Services

Posted on February 26th, 2019

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 karen.little@alleycatadvocates.org.”

Community Cat Complex

February Sale!

Posted on February 14th, 2019

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 when you check out.
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 for the best selection! Use promo code Meow50 when you check out. Sale ends February 28.

Alley Cat Advocates welcomes two new staff members

Posted on February 14th, 2019

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!