PO Box 21965
Lexington KY 40522
Contact Information
Address PO Box 21965
Lexington, KY 40522
Phone (859) 420-4076
Contact Name Penny Medley
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2012
Former Names
Feral Cat Program
Home at Last Feral Cat Program
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be sent by check to: Spay Our Strays, PO Box 21965, Lexington, KY 40522, or can be given on our Facebook page or our web page via the Donate Now button. We welcome volunteers to fill roles such as new web site development and maintenance, trapping assistance, transfer of cats to and from spay/neuter sites, overnight recovery of cats  following spay/neuter surgery, fundraising, and distribution of cat food to needy colony caretakers.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Spay Our Strays' missions are: to limit the number of unwanted cats in Central Kentucky by offering TNR (trap, spay/neuter/vaccinate, return) services to the community; to provide education about TNR to the community and specifically to caretakers of community (feral/stray) cat colonies in order to achieve a healthier cat population; to encourage and supplement, when necessary, maintenance of healthy colony cats.
Background Statement Spay Our Strays began in 2003 to address the issues of community (feral/stray) cats in Central Kentucky. Over the years we have better defined the areas of need: spay/neuter/vaccination services for community cats; education about TNR; food supplementation and health maintenance assistance for community cats in low income areas. We have been very successful, with only a few volunteers. Our hope is to maintain/improve existing services, and expand our services by recruiting and keeping new volunteers.
Impact Statement
  • The number of Spay Our Strays'-sponsored spay/neuters this past year has increased dramatically: in 2018, an average of 76 cats per month were altered by Spay Our Strays, as compared with 54 cats per month in 2016.
  •  Spay Our Strays has continued to impact the lower euthanasia rate of community cats at our local humane society, because fewer kittens are being born. Many, many kittens born to female community cats were identified and brought to our local humane society for adoption. We often partner with local animal-related organizations and humane societies to implement TNR projects.
  •  Our food provision has expanded this past year, thanks in part to local businesses sponsoring donation boxes. More low-income colony caretakers are requesting help with food provision for their colonies.
Needs Statement Our most pressing needs: 

Many more active volunteers to assist with actual TNR activities and demands. Specifically, we need volunteers: to assist with trapping; to assist with recovering cats after they've been altered; to help with cat check-in at Lexington Humane Society on spay/neuter days. Volunteers to provide educational services about TNR to the region.  Volunteers to assist with fundraising events.Volunteers to help with cat food delivery.
CEO/Executive Director Statement NA-- We have no paid staff and are a volunteer-only organization. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Central Kentucky
We serve community cats and their caretakers in Central Kentucky. Our primary focus is on the Lexington-Fayette County area, but we can and do provide TNR services to surrounding counties. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our primary goal is to improve the community cat situation in Lexington and the surrounding area, with fewer kitten births and lowered intake of community cats at local humane societies. Existing cat colonies will have responsible, educated caretakers who know and use personal and community resources to keep their colony cats healthy. New people will express interest in being colony caretakers. The community will support these goals by providing financial donations and volunteer time.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Spay Our Strays will continue to hold monthly Saturday spay/neuter clinics, and to utilize additional weekday access to Lexington Humane Society's spay/neuter/vaccination services. We will continue to publicize our missions to the general public via brochure dissemination, creating and participating in fundraising projects, community events, and any other opportunities that arise. We will continue to hand-select low income colony caretakers as recipients of our cat food donations. We will continue to recruit new volunteers to assist in accomplishing our goals. We will continue to promote and execute fundraising opportunities that will enable us to provide free community cat spay/neuters and cat food donations to those in need.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We are a small, volunteer-only nonprofit and hence currently can only offer the aforementioned services on a limited basis. Our current activities, at the current level of service, are just barely supported by community donations. We have some very active, very committed group members, and are constantly working to attract new volunteers. Most of our group members have been with us since Spay Our Strays' beginning. Additional volunteer recruitment is a must. We are also running into limited community resources as far as relocating cats we have already TNR'ed, who are not welcome in their neighborhoods and are being re-admitted to Lexington Animal Control. If we can find no alternative placements, these cats will be euthanized, as they are not adoptable.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? We will recognize continued progress by reduction of community cat intakes at Lexington Humane Society. Requests for our TNR services will continue at the current level or higher, as our ongoing and hopefully increasing community education and volunteer recruitment efforts succeed. More donations will allow for publicizing the need for program expansion.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We have TNR'ed a huge number of community cats both within and outside the Lexington area within the last three years. In 2017, we averaged spay/neutering 62 cats per month, an increase of eight (8) more cats per month from 2016. We have placed a number of kittens born to community cat mothers, with local humane societies for adoption, or with families. Our food distribution has grown, as we run into more and more colony caretakers who cannot afford to feed their colony cats. We are now offering frequent volunteer recruitment/training sessions. We are adjusting our expectations of new volunteers to allow for a range of time/involvement/interest/expertise possibilities. We have learned that anyone can contribute in some way.
Board Chair
Board Chair Elizabet Adams
Company Affiliation University of Kentucky
Term Nov 2019 to Oct 2019
Board Members
Elizabeth AdamsUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Jackie BriscoeUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Janet CabanissRetiredVoting
Pat DimonRetiredVoting
Dr Bob LynchVeterinarianVoting
Cheryl MayesCentre CollegeVoting
Penny MedleyRetiredVoting
Nic PattonWild Birds UnlimitedVoting
Melodie ZentallRetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Pat K Dimon
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Aug 2019 to Oct 2019
Standing Committees
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Elizabeth AdamsUniversity of Kentucky
Jackie BriscoeUniversity of Kentucky/Community volunteer
Janet CabanissRetired/Community volunteer
Pat DimonRetired/community volunteer
Dr. Bob LynchRetired/Community volunteer
Cheryl MayesCentre College/Community volunteer
Penny MedleyRetired/community volunteer
Nic PattonWild Birds Unlimited/Community volunteer
Melodie ZentallRetired/Community volunteer
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Elizabeth Adams
Term Start Oct 2012
Experience University of Kentucky employee who cares about bettering the circumstances with the regional community cats, by supervising trap/neuter/vaccinate/return program, a feeding program for low income caretakers, a community education program about community cats.
Co-CEO Pat Dimon
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 18
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description We facilitate the TNR process, from beginning to end. We encourage community cat colony caretakers to be as much a part of this process as possible. We provide access to TNR veterinary services, and we try to cover costs for those unable to pay. 
Budget 12000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served Adults
Program Short Term Success
Continued increase in TNR numbers during fiscal year 2018; obtaining a financial grant to make this possible. 
Program Long term Success Lexington-Fayette County residents will be familiar with the concepts of TNR and routinely contact Spay Our Strays or other TNR-related organizations for assistance with community cats. Spay Our Strays will be able to offer free spay/neuters to community cats. 
Program Success Monitored By
Continued lowering of community cat intakes at Lexington Humane Society, as authenticated by LHS-reported figures. 
Tracking system which has been implemented by Spay Our Strays members.  
Examples of Program Success Increased monthly numbers of requests/implementations for TNR assistance.
Description We purchase and accept donations of cat food to low income colony caretakers. We deliver this food on a monthly basis, as many of these caretakers do not have transportation.
Budget 2000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Short Term Success All caretakers to whom cat food is currently provided, will be educated to call the SOS food distribution coordinator about food needs, instead of the coordinator having to find the caretakers at distribution time. All caretakers will be educated to alert Spay Our Strays when new, non-ear-tipped cats show up in their colonies, so that the colony will not have any "intact" cat members. 
Program Long term Success Cat food provision will be available to all low income colony caretakers. Cat food purchases will be obtained at the best possible price. 
Program Success Monitored By Ongoing reports of Spay Our Strays food coordinator. 
Examples of Program Success Cat food purchases currently being made through a pet food rescue bank, which offers very fair prices for cat food donated by large manufacturers. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $24,000.00
Projected Expenses $27,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$15,787$15,704$15,391
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$2,089$1,968$636
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$15,779$13,834$14,611
Administration Expense$789$746$860
Fundraising Expense$1,332$551--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.221.171.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%91%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$15,558$12,723$10,707
Current Assets$15,558$12,723$10,707
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$15,558$12,723$10,707
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. Financial information was provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
Address PO Box 21965
Lexington, KY 40522
Primary Phone 859 420-4076
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Adams
Board Chair Elizabet Adams
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kentucky