LUYE’s Eartip Team is thrilled to report that we will spay/neuter our 1,800th community cat this month. What seemed a daunting task in October 2018 has become a gratifying, ongoing engagement with a community that loves and cares about its cats.

Lend Us Your Ear (LUYE) keeps Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) among the critical solutions for Haywood County’s free-roaming cats.  The total number eartipped since 2009 will soon surpass 10,000 thanks to folks like you, to our volunteers, and to other animal welfare advocates across the area.  Improved health is outshined only by the thousands of unplanned litters avoided through sterilization.

Spay/neuter is the most requested service sought by callers, followed by help for parasite control and then cat food requests to feed large colonies.  In a typical week, LUYE sterilizes and vaccinates up to 10 outdoor cats

Words of encouragement from Amanda Sexton, our go-to partner at ASNA in Asheville:

Seems like everyone in animal welfare is experiencing a “perfect storm” right now.  Due to no fault of ours or yours, there continues to be a backlog of animals from the time when government-mandated shut-downs and PPE shortages forced us to suspend services.  And now there is a “kitten explosion.”

We – like many of you – continue to struggle with finding and hiring new employees.  Staffing shortages mean fewer surgeries and fewer appointments.

Thank you for hanging in there with us while our current teams work so hard each day and to all those who are helping find creative solutions to our shared challenges.


LUYE is one of several TNR groups in our region supported by the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance (ASNA) in Asheville.

ASNA reported that they completed 1,833 Community Cat Packages in the first six months of 2021. We’re proud to say that 14% of those packages were provided free of charge to LUYE cats.

The package includes surgery, rabies vaccination, distemper/FVRCP, ivermectin injection, and eartip.  LUYE adds 30-day flea control before surgery and addresses any issues noted by clinic vets.  MEOW!!


Our mission is possible thanks to the hands-on volunteers whose efforts result in fewer litters entering the shelter and rescue facilities like Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR).

You may know LUYE’s Eartip Team from their volunteer time invested with other groups in addition to LUYE, for which they contribute as follows:

Karen Crutchfield, traps ferals/food bags/social media

Carolyn Foster, traps ferals/webinar lead

Sydney Klocke, board member/FUR liaison

Hank Kumpf, board member/transport driver

Susan Kumpf, board member/cattery operations

Nancy Lopeman, traps ferals

Kelli Miller, board member/shelter/neonatal care

Mark Moffitt, website admin

Donna Murray, board member/neonatal care

Bonnie Regan, traps ferals

Donna Slesinger, traps/feeds ferals/worms litters

Donna Surles, traps/feeds ferals

 Our mission is possible thanks to the generous supporters who underwrite LUYE programs, keep our van on the road, and keep wormer and parasite solutions on hand and freely provided for community cats and eartipped colonies.

Community cats hunt prey and stop at food bowls in their territory. Note tipped left ear.