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Organization visits Beecher Terrace housing complex to keep neighborhood cats in check

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An organization focused on keeping neighborhood cats in check was hard at work in west Louisville on Wednesday.

Alley Cat Advocates worked Wednesday in the Beecher Terrace housing complex, part of a new program where organizers spend time in targeted neighborhoods to trap unowned cats. Cats are neutered and spayed then released back into the community.

"Not only does it help clean up the community a little bit, it helps the cats out a lot too," said Stephanie Gillis with Alley Cat Advocates. "Along with the spay and neuter, they get FBRCP, they get a one-year rabies vaccination, they get an ear tip -- a universal symbol to show they are a community cat -- and they get a flea treatment that kills fleas, ear mites and round worms."

Louisville Metro Animal Services has teamed up with Alley Cat Advocates for the TNR program which stands for trap, neuter and release. It's a program that seems to be working as several of the cat cages in the shelter are empty, something extremely rare in June during kitten season.

"It’s really a wonderful life for them if they don’t have all those hormones and all the babies being born and having to nurse the babies," said Karen Little with Alley Cat Advocates. "We are trying to give them a leg up on the demolition that is coming later this year."

Little said the healthier, vaccinated cats will seek new territories once the demolition begins on the complex this fall.

The organization said over the last 18 years it has spayed and neutered more than 40,000 cats. 

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