20 some years ago I got involved in Animal Welfare, when I happened to notice a little tiny sign nailed to a post that said "Animal Shelter". I checked out that little tiny Animal Shelter and discovered it was nothing more than a killing pound, where animals, sick, injured, and healthy, were tossed, just to await their turn in the Euthenaire Chamber. That chamber had already been outlawed as "inhumane" in 26 other states at the time, but here was my local shelter using it. With no desire to stop. I banded a few citizens together, and we eventually, through public pressure, got the chamber replaced with injection. But to this day, my heart just breaks from the site of the black plastic bags, containing the bodies of animals who never asked to be brought into this world, let alone put to death for the crime of being unwanted. I made a resolution at that time that some day, when I could do it right, I would work on spaying and neutering promotion.
The time was finally right in 2012. I again banded a few people together, and we incorporated A.L.P.H.A. Pets & Food Bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In September of 2012 we obtained Federal 501c3 Tax Exempt Status.
Our mission is primarily the promotion of spaying and neutering in our own back yard. I am a firm believer in Rescue, Fostering, and Transporting animals where they have a better chance of adoption. But I more firmly believe in cleaning up your own back yard. Meaning get the population under control locally so that transporting, fostering, and all the expense of that is eliminated, and there is a home to be found for every animal that hits the pound. And the pound should be a SHELTER in the truest sense of the word. A place of refuge for the pet which has gotten separated from its owner, or the pet who needs to be re-homed. No one should ever have to be afraid to take an animal to the local shelter for fear it will be killed!
At the present time, A.L.P.H.A. Pets & Food Bank is comprised of 4 Board members, each serving 3 year terms. We believe in total transparency, and are happy to answer any and all questions as to how funds are spent. We will file a 990 yearly, and an Annual Report will be posted on this website after it is accepted by the Board in their January Meeting.