Our Goal: Every Adoptable Pet has a Loving, Permanent Home
In August 2012 the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced that Louisville has been chosen as their 2013 Partner Community. The three founding partner agencies are the Kentucky Humane Society, Louisville Metro Animal Services and Alley Cat Advocates.
As part of this partnership, Louisville's participating agencies will receive expert advice, data analysis and funding opportunities from the ASPCA. The goal is to jointly save more animal lives by increasing the live release rate (the number of animals that are adopted or transferred to other rescue organizations), increase spay/neuter surgeries of owned pets and expand programs that help keep pets in their homes and out of area shelters.
ASPCA Community Partnership FAQ
Q. Who are the participating animal welfare agencies in Louisville?
Kentucky Humane Society (KHS)
- A private nonprofit established in 1884, KHS is the state’s largest pet adoption agency and largest no-kill animal shelter
- Advocates for the humane treatment of companion animals through leadership and proactive solutions to pet overpopulation, including adoptions, education and spay/neuter efforts.
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS)
- The largest animal control agency in Kentucky
- An open-admission public shelter that protects public health and safety and ensures the humane treatment of animals
Alley Cat Advocates (ACA)
- The city’s only nonprofit agency devoted exclusively to the welfare of community cats
- Volunteer-driven ACA focuses on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and advocacy, and has spayed or neutered 30,000+ cats since 2000
Q. How many homeless animals entered the Louisville partner agencies last year?
• Nearly 20,000 homeless animals entered the Louisville partner agencies in 2011.
Q. What are some of the challenges, besides overcrowded shelters, that Louisville faces?
- Increasing the number of lost pets reunited with owners;
- Stressing the importance of early sterilization of pets;
- Increasing awareness of the many homeless animals available for adoption in Louisville;
- Continuing to strengthen Louisville’s disaster planning and preparedness for both pet owners and animal welfare organizations; and
- Finding proactive ways to keep pets in the home and decrease relinquishments to the shelters.
Q. How will the ASPCA Partnership address these issues?
- In 2012 ASPCA conducted baseline assessments to evaluate the community’s perception and current resources, as well as the capacity, strengths and challenges of the two sheltering agencies.
- Using the baseline assessments, the ASPCA team and the local shelter partners strategically planned how to prioritize and target efforts to maximize the number of lives saved, while paying special attention to making sure these efforts are collaborative, measurable and sustainable.
- The partner agencies implement the plans with leadership and funding support from the ASPCA. Funds will be used to improve adoption programs, reduce intake and increase the availability of low-cost spay/neuter, among other things.