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Feline Frenzy at The Third Street Dive

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Hey Cool Cats out there, are you looking for a happening time this month? Look no further than the Third Street Dive, because on July 25th, they’ll be hosting an Alley Cat Advocates fundraiser. There will be karaoke that evening, so invite your fellow Tom cats to wail the night away. 50% of proceeds go back to Alley Cat Advocates that evening, along with whatever cat nip you throw in the donation boxes. Look forward to seeing you all there for a night of fun and excitement!

LMAS Breaking New Ground

Posted on July 9th, 2018

On a hot July day, a group of passionate people gathered off Newburg road to break ground on the new Louisville Metro Animal Services facility. This new state of the art facility will be 8,000 square feet larger than the previous location on Manslick and include a ton of amenities that LMAS has dreamed about for over 40 years. The new facility will have a Veterinary wing with an x-ray machine, along with two additional surgery and exam tables to provide more services. There will also be a 1/2 walking track for people and their pets, plus six fenced in play areas for the community animals to stretch their legs a bit. If you want to learn more about the project and hear Mayor Fischer shout out Alley Cat Advocates, follow the link below:


Employee Spotlight- Alyssa Gilbert

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Alyssa Gilbert took on the role of Operations Director here at Alley Cat Advocates back in January. She started out wanting to be a volunteer and to help community cats all across the city, but ultimately, fell in love for the work we do. That’s when she knew she had found the right place for her. She applied after she completed her Vista program and hasn’t looked back sense.

Alyssa moved to Kentucky from Florida, while taking part in the AmeriCorps Vista program following college, and worked as a liaison for Americana. Alyssa’s passion for cats stretches back to her childhood in Florida.  Her family were caretakers and fosters for 24 fixed cats much of her young life. The 24 cat colony started from a single calico mom who just couldn’t be captured, no matter the trap, she always found a way out. That garnered her the name, “Wild One.”

Alyssa’s favorite part of the work she does at Alley Cat Advocate’s is being the support for the caretakers who need it most. She loves to see how excited people get and how invested these caretakers are in the well-being of their community cats. She encourages anyone who is thinking about volunteering to just, “jump right in and give it a shot. No matter what you get involved with here, you know that what you do has an impact all across the Louisville area. You’re not only saving the lives of many cats, but you’re helping Louisville become a more compassionate city.”

2019 Cat Calendar Contest

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Here are some frequently asked questions that people have about our calendar contest. Make sure you start prepping those cat photos and sharing with your friends to get the word out.
How much is the entry fee?

The entry fee is $20 per photo. This fee includes one copy of the full-color calendar that will be mailed to you in late November. All proceeds from contest entries will help us provide spay and neuter services for unowned community cats in the Louisville, Kentucky area.

How many photos can I enter?

You can enter as many photos as you want!

What are the requirements for uploaded photos?
  • All cats can participate! Your cat does not have to be a community cat or an Alley Cat Advocates graduate to be eligible to enter this contest!
  • All photos become the property of Alley Cat Advocates for print and publication purposes.
  • Photos must be high quality, taken at a resolution of 200-300 DPI with a minimum file size of 4mb (megabytes) in a generally accepted file format (JPEG, TIFF, PNG). If you are using a mobile phone camera, please be sure your photo meets these standards. If your photo is selected as a winner and doesn’t meet the quality and size standards, Alley Cat Advocates will offer your spot in the calendar to the next runner-up.
  • Who can appear in your photos?
    • People? No.
    • Cats? Yes.
    • Multiple cats? Yes.
    • Cats with a dog or another animal friend? Yes.
  • We cannot accept photos with digital overlays, photo stickers, doodles, or any copyrighted photos.
  • Alley Cat Advocates reserves the right to disqualify an entry based on objectionable content or depiction of the animal in a photo. Fees will not be refunded.
How many votes do I need to have my cat featured on a certain month?

The 13 photos with the most public votes will be displayed on the cover and monthly pages of the 2019 calendar. The cat photo with the highest number of votes will appear on the cover. Alley Cat Advocates will determine month placement for the next 12 photos with the most votes.

When will I get my prizes?

We will contact the winners after the contest closes and coordinate prize pickup or delivery with you.

How do I vote for a cat’s picture?

Votes are $1 each, with a minimum donation of $5 for five votes. All votes are tax-deductible. Yes, you can vote for your own cat’s photo (and as many times as you, your friends, and family want!).

When does voting begin and end?

Online votes for photo entries begins on August 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time and end on August 24th, 2018 at 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time*.

*The ending time for the online voting portion will be solely determined by the host website’s server. Keep in mind your clock may differ from the clock that determines the ending time.


When will I get my calendar?

We will mail calendars in late November.


Was your question not answered here? Please contact Alley Cat Advocates at contactus@alleycatadvocates.org or (502)634-8777.

Volunteer Spotlight- Lauren Kehr

Posted on June 18th, 2018

Alley Cat Advocates is proud to spotlight Lauren Kehr, a dedicated and devoted volunteer. Lauren began volunteering in 2000 after reading a Courier Journal article about Alley Cat Advocates and the Trap-Neuter-Release program. Since then, she has contributed her time in a number of ways, such as staffing tabling events, sitting on the board of directors, leading volunteer training, presenting to the community, cleaning equipment, and working at the spay/neuter clinic. Currently, Lauren is on the Education Community Outreach Team, where she assists in planning activities, and distributing flyers in local neighborhoods.
During her eighteen years with Alley Cat Advocates, Lauren has learned that there is more to the organization than just maintaining Louisville’s community cat population. “I learned the critical importance of not only neutering these sweet babies, but giving them needed medical care – perhaps the only medical care – they will ever receive,” she explains. “We give them our all: a thorough check-up, medication, immunizations, and occasionally, recovery care with one of our ‘foster humans’ until the cats are well enough to go home.”
Lauren has many fond memories of volunteering with Alley Cat Advocates. From caring for kittens to greeting caretakers, she has done it all. “I’ve made many friends through this labor of love and have a lifetime of memories that enrich me,” she shares. Describing ACA as a well oiled machine, Lauren explains there is a place for everyone that wants to volunteer. “If you love cats, come join us!”
We greatly appreciate Lauren and all of the volunteers that assist ACA. With their help, we have been able to spay and neuter over 40,000 cats since October 2000!
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Please visit our website for additional information and volunteer orientation dates. https://alleycatadvocates.org/volunteer/volunteer-with-aca/