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.”