After 20 years of hard work and helping to effectively manage Louisville’s community cat population, this week is a chance for everyone to commemorate the milestone with Alley Cat Advocates Week.  As many of you know, through the proven and humane method of trap-neuter-return (TNR), Alley Cat Advocates has not only improved the lives of thousands of community cats, but we have also improved the overall quality of life in this city.  In doing so, we have become an example for other communities, many of whom wish to duplicate our successful cat population management efforts.

We have designated this week, October 13 – 19 as Alley Cat Advocates Week to thank our many volunteers, express our gratitude to our generous longtime donors, and to call attention to our capital campaign – which will support an exciting new chapter in the growth and evolution of our organization.

Since its founding, Alley Cat Advocates’ work has allowed the shelter to shift funds from daily cat management to other critical needs such as saving medically challenged cats and dogs and providing enrichment and support, particularly to dogs, to allow them to leave the shelter alive and healthy. Indeed, our work has helped reduce euthanasia rates for cats and dogs in our municipal shelter.  The community benefits we provide are profound but sometimes unseen.

Though our services are provided at no charge to community cat caregivers, we still require funding to continue operations.  Despite the many generous donors, supporters, veterinarians and volunteers who provide support and assistance – to whom we are eternally grateful – we still face financial challenges to ensure Alley Cat Advocates remains viable and impactful for years to come.

As we grow and evolve, evidenced by our move next year to a new facility on the Metro Animal Services campus, we are hoping to wrap up our capital campaign to raise funds to support the move.  Please consider making a contribution today and sharing the Alley Cat Advocates story this week with friends. Let your friends and family know that this week is Alley Cat Advocates week, tell them about our web site at, ask them to follow us on Facebook and ask them to consider giving.  It’s truly an investment in animal welfare, as well as the quality of life for everyone in Louisville.

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