The Bluegrass Area Development District announces the continuation of the partnership with the Joanie Bernard Foundation for the Bluegrass Cat Project – The Advocate-Messenger


Press release

On September 23, the Joanie Bernard Foundation, a cat welfare fundraising organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio, officially announced funding for the neutering and neutering of community cats in 13 counties in central Kentucky. This is the third year that this grant, known as the Bluegrass Cat Project, has been awarded and is based on an animal welfare study conducted by Team Shelter USA, LLC in 2018.

The Bluegrass Cat Project has contracted with local veterinarians and the Woodstock Animal Foundation to provide the spay and neuter service through their local animal shelter or a humanitarian company and will be managed in collaboration between Dr. Sara Pizano, Founder and Consultant of Team Shelter USA and the Bluegrass Area Development District (Bluegrass ADD). The total grant amount will be $ 250,000 to fund Team Shelter USA’s ongoing monitoring and mentoring for the 13 counties. Counties receiving funding for spaying and neutering cats are Anderson, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Powell and Scott counties. The grant will cover approximately 3,000 spay / neuter in these counties with the long-term goal of continuing to reduce the admission of cats to shelters and euthanasia for the space of healthy cats.

Dr Sara Pizano commented on behalf of the Joanie Bernard Foundation: “We continue to be impressed by the dedication of all service providers and shelters despite the continuing ramifications of Covid-19. We are grateful to everyone who made this regional program a success and look forward to another productive year. ‘

David Duttlinger, Executive Director of Bluegrass ADD added: “The Bluegrass Area Development District was formed to provide regional solutions to problems that have no borders. This is why we are delighted with this opportunity to continue our mission to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the region through this unique and beneficial project.


The mission of BGADD: To improve the economy of our communities through planning to maximize resources, projects to promote development and programs to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the region.

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