In 2010, Alley Cat Advocates received a $75,000 grant to increase the number of free spay/neuter surgeries for homeless, free-roaming cats. As the end of the grant period nears, the organization is expanding its coverage area by two zip codes. The organization’s 12 year-old sterilization program proactively fights the area’s dire cat overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering stray cats.
After seeing success in the original 40215 zip code, the program is expanding to include Louisville’s 40208 and 40214 zip codes. Louisville Metro Animal Services helped the organization identify areas with a high number of stray cats. “Our officers and animal care staff see a large number of stray cats entering our facility from these pockets in our community,” said Justin Scally, director of Louisville Metro Animal Services. “We will continue to help Alley Cat Advocates monitor the numbers because we know the work they do will reduce the number of stray cats we see on a daily basis.”
“We are excited to increase the coverage area for free spay/neuter surgeries and look forward to continuing our collaboration with Louisville Metro Animal Services, an agency that shares our goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy cats in our community,” said Karen Little, executive director and co-founder of Alley Cat Advocates. “We have had great success with our Alley Cat Neighborhoods Program and believe that it will become a model for other organizations across the country.”
“Alley Cat Advocates’ Alley Cat Neighborhoods Program is an excellent example of collaboration,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Partnerships like these are the key to successful, low-cost spay/neuter in local communities.”
Alley Cat Advocates, Inc. was founded in 1999 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide for the humane treatment of stray, free-roaming cats in the metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky area. The volunteer organization has spayed/neutered over 21,000 cats through their Trap-Neuter-Return program. For more information on Alley Cat Advocates and its programs, call 502-634-8777 or visit www.alleycatadvocates.org.