More than three dozen cats were spared from being euthanized on Monday thanks to local non-profit, No Kill Louisville.

“You do a little good, the little good that you can do, and then understand that you'll be doing the same thing next week,” Jeremy Ficklin said.

The cats, most kittens, were set to be euthanized at a shelter in Ravenna, Kentucky which is east of Lexington on Wednesday.

“The number they're dealing with is 48 cats, we were able to take 37.” Ficklin said it cleared enough space in the shelter so that all the cats could live.

The kittens and their mothers are staying in a temporary space.

“Probably the next couple of days, we'll find homes for them where they can be fostered and then, once that occurs we find them permanent homes,” Ficklin said.

It’s a tricky task with so many cats, so they're constantly looking for people to foster animals, especially around this time of year.

“What one does see in rescue is that in Spring time there's an escalation in the number of animals having to be addressed, and that stays pretty steady over the course of the summer and then starts to wean in the fall, year after year.”

Ficklin believes the best way to break that cycle is to spade and neuter animals, but in the meantime, No Kill Louisville will stick to its mission: creating a community where at least 90% of animals in shelters are released alive.

‘You stop looking for an end to this process, and just look for the moment what's needed then. Address that, feel good about that and then two weeks later, you're onto the next one,” he said.

No Kill Louisville will also collect 24 dogs, many of them puppies, from the same shelter in Estill County on Wednesday.

If you're interested in fostering, click here. You can also help by donating pet supplies to No Kill Louisville.

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