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Posted on: February 7, 2024

KCAS receives funds to boost community cat program

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Kenton County Animal Services is partnering with the Joanie Bernard Foundation and its Give Them Ten Movement to increase the capacity of the County’s community cat program.

Throughout 2024, the Give Them Ten Movement will provide grant funding to spay or neuter as many as 250 feral cats within Kenton County. The grant is valued at up to $10,200.

Kenton County previously partnered with the Give Them Ten Movement to launch its community cat program in 2016. The program adopts the industry best practice of trap-neuter-return (TNR). This means community cats are taken in, ear-tipped, sterilized and vaccinated before being returned to their outdoor environment.

Scientific studies and communities with TNR programs are proof this approach stabilizes and ultimately reduces populations of community cats and is a proven solution to community cat overpopulation. 

The new funding comes as Kenton County continues to seek innovative, research-based solutions to addressing the growth of its community cat population. 

“Addressing our County’s community cat population is a top-of-mind issue for our team,” KCAS Director Kelsey Maccombs said in a statement. “Research shows TNR is an effective solution and we’ve seen some success during our program’s early years, but now, it’s about building our capacity to perform the necessary surgeries. The financial support of the Joanie Bernard Foundation will allow us to throughout the current year.”

Deborah Cribbs, founder and leader of the Give Them Ten Movement, said: “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Kenton County and applaud County leaders for taking steps to make the county a more cat-caring community. We look forward to working with the county to deploy our innovative and proven strategies to help community cats.”

To learn more about Kenton County’s community cat program, visit

About the Joanie Bernard Foundation and the Give Them Ten Movement

Through a bequest from the Bernard family, the Joanie Bernard Foundation was born to memorialize Joanie Bernard’s passion for cats. The Joanie Bernard Foundation founded the Give Them Ten Movement which is working to create a better world for cats by advancing feline research, funding humane shelters and cat organizations, and developing life-saving initiatives including education programs on spay/neuter, fostering, adopting and caring for both community and pet cats. The Give Them Ten Movement has an extensive track record of successful program collaborations in multiple states including Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, and Washington.  More information can be found at

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