An artist’s rendering of the proposed new Alley Cat Advocates Community Cat Complex | Courtesy of Alley Cat Advocates

Alley Cat Advocates, Louisville’s Trap, Neuter and Return organization, has been offered a large building to rent from the city and is now raising funds to create a Community Cat Complex where it can better care for community cats.

The public-private partnership will allow the organization to help more animals. Trapping, neutering and returning the cats to their environment helps reduce the overall feral cat population. The goal is to reduce cats on the street and reduce the cats in shelters. It’s a win-win for all involved.

The building, directly behind Louisville Metro Animal Services’ Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road, was used to house Public Works vehicles. The city offered it to Alley Cat Advocates as a long-term lease for a nominal fee. Being close to the adoption center will help the agency more efficiently manage its programs and work more closely with LMAS, said Karen Little, executive director of ACA.

The complex will also be on the same campus where LMAS is building its $11.5 million new facility, set to open later this year.

Right now, ACA uses the Kentucky Humane Society’s SNIP Clinic for spay and neuter surgeries, and local veterinarians for other medical services, such as surgeries. There is a part-time veterinarian on staff. But the new center will be large enough to house the organization’s offices as well as a surgical center.

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