Marshall Simmons has been volunteering with Alley Cat Advocates for about 4 years. He found Alley Cat Advocates when he was feeding a community cat that needed to be TNR’d. He was so grateful for Alley Cat Advocates’ help that he vowed to volunteer for one year to show him appreciation. He says, “After that year, I just didn’t want to stop.” Marshall provides transportation for cats going to and from vet appointments and is available at a moment’s notice to rush a kitty to the hospital when there is an emergency. Marshall has also helped during trap distribution and around the office when called upon. His favorite thing about volunteering with Alley Cat Advocates is seeing the compassion and love shown to the cats. Marshall is retired from Koch Filter Corporation, a Christian, and has been married to his wife, Hannah for ten years. They share their home with beautiful 9-year-old cat Sox.
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Bonnie Herman has devoted much of her life to caring for animals. Bonnie served as Executive Director at Kentucky Humane Society for 10 years and has always been the type of person to help an animal in need. As a caretaker herself, Bonnie is perfectly suited to make calls to remind caretakers for their appointments each week at Alley Cat Advocates. Bonnie shares her home with one rescued beagle, Rosie, and three rescued cats. Socks is a large Maine Coon mix and Millie and Charlie are brother and sister tabbies that decided to move inside from her outdoor colony. She has cared for the colony for years and adopted Millie and Charlie’s’ dad, Otto, shortly after they were born. Millie and Charlie’s’ brother, Rocky, prefers to stay outside with his friends, but he and the others are all spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Bonnie’s favorite thing about volunteering at Alley Cat Advocates is knowing that she is continuing to help more cats.
Laura Rice has a passion for community cats. Over the last two and a half years Laura has served on the board of directors, much of that time as the board chair. Laura discovered the need for trap-neuter-return services when she encountered cats needing her help in the community. When she found Alley Cat Advocates her passion for animal welfare and her experience with non-profit work kept her engaged. Laura soon discovered a group of people that deeply share her passion. Laura is a realtor with Lenihan Southeby’s International Realty and also enjoys real estate investment as a hobby. She also loves to travel and spend time with friends when she isn’t rescuing cats or working with local non-profits. Laura shares her life with her husband and their four rescue cats; Felix, Sophie, Jameson and Bailey.
Dr. Katie Todd has been with Alley Cat Advocates as a volunteer since 2005. When she returned to town after attending vet school, she found that Alley Cat Advocates was a place that she could use her veterinary skill set to help her community. Dr. Todd has performed surgery and done other veterinary care for community cats at the Big Fix, Quick Fix and now at the Community Cat Complex. She is also in her fourth year of service on the Alley Cat Advocates Board of Directors. She says that she loves hearing stories from caretakers because they remind her of the difference Alley Cat Advocates’ work makes in people’s lives. Like all of us, she finds the cute kittens to be a bonus, too. Dr. Todd shares her home with 3 cats, 2 children and 1 husband. When she isn’t saving lives she enjoys baking and crafts with her children, gardening with her husband and stays fit doing Cross Fit. As a family, they spend time hiking, camping and traveling as much as possible.