405 Cats Saved At National Feral Cat Day Event (Slideshow)

October 16 was National Feral Cat Day. To honor the event, the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas, NV “fixed” 405 feral cats and kittens during a weekend spay-a-thon.

The event, which also commemorated the 10th anniversary of the animal welfare group’s Trap-Neuter-Return program was a cooperative effort between C5 (Community Cat Coalition of Clark County), the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society and Heaven Can Wait. The goal was to spay and neuter 400 feral cats and kittens in a 48 hour period.

The spay-a-thon took an army of volunteers, veterinarians, vet-techs and trappers to coordinate and carry out the massive project and safely return the cats to their colonies all over the city. The group began at 6a.m. and worked through midnight each day.

“Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate citizens who care about cats. On National Feral Cat Day and all year round, people all across the country work to draw attention to the cause and press their local leaders for humane policies for feral cats,” said Becky Robinson president of Alley Cat Allies.

Feral cats are the wild offspring of domestic housecats that were abandoned or lost. They can become wild in just one generation.

“Eleven years ago TNR was not a household term and people didn’t understand that feral cats were the offspring of stray cats. So we decided to create a special day that would make the public aware that feral cats live and thrive in every landscape,” said Robinson.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society holds a feral cat spay and neuter clinic once a month. They have fixed more than 65,000 animals in the past 10 years.

Feral cats waiting to be examined.

Kitten being prepared for surgery.

The surgery suite.

Keeping a watchful eye after surgery.

Feral kitten who won't pass along homelessness to another generation.


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Photo: Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

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Kathryn Mitchell
Kathryn Mitchellabout a year ago

I have a small colony of feral kitties that I've been feeding over the past couple of years. I've managed to fairly tame one of them, she allows us to pet her now although I can't bring her inside without freaking out. With Friends of Felines they have all been TNR'd. Recently, a little black female cat has been coming around, and I believe that she had been someone's pet, she is so friendly. She has a litter of kittens stashed somewhere but I haven't been able to find them. I want to get her TNR'd, too, and I want to catch and socialize her kittens.

Thank you so much for helping the kitties, the world needs more people like you...

Norm Seavey
Norm Seavey3 years ago

It's way Past Time to Get Responsible for our Animal Friends[Domesticated That Is] The Time for Change is Now not Tomorrow to End World Wide Suffering and Torturing of these Domestic Friends of Our's,,, Spay and Neuter your Domesticated Animal Friends and as a Final Note[ Never buy from a pet store or from sites like Crags List ,, These places promote animal torturing and killing of animals , Disease and the list of offenses go on,,, Get Responsible Today and all our wild friends will get saved in your good works,,, I Advocate For All Animals Around The World,, Norm

Jean B.
Jean B.3 years ago

wonderful story - hope some of them were not too feral and taken in as pets to get off the street.

Gridley Snarfwort

Feral cats murder over 40 millions innocent songbirds each year, not to mention millions of cute baby squirrels, rabbits, flying squirrels, and so many others. As a wildlife rehabilitator, I'm tired of having dozens of innocent babies die in my hands every year covered with infected cat bites and blood. Shame on you arrogant single-species "lovers of living things" who only see killer cats, not the dozens of innocent victims of these murdering felines. Shame, shame, shame.

Patricia W.
Patricia W.4 years ago

Mari S - yes! Imagine if cities all over would do this, just think of how many cats would be saved from slaughter because they're unwanted and homeless. Thank you, too, for what you do.

This is such an uplifting story. What an accomplishment!
Thank you so much, Heaven Can Wait. Thank you for caring.

Carrie Anne Brown

great event! thanks for sharing :)

jodi m.
jodi m.4 years ago

what a great event....

Denise L.
Denise L.4 years ago

I just had a new stray show up at more door tonight. Whether the cat is male or female, pregnant or not, feral, lost or an unwanted pet I'm unsure. He was meowing at my door wanting in as the temperatures have dipped and snow flurries were falling. I'm sure he wants some shelter and food yet seems skittish around people.

Of course with a house already full of pets it's not as easy as just letting him in. I'm not sure of his temperment or if he's carrying any diseases

The people that do these TNR progams are angels and I thank them

Kathy M.
Kathleen M.4 years ago

That kitten is awake!... I hope (assume?) that they are anesthetized sufficiently as to feel no pain!

nancy r.
Nan R.4 years ago

Great ideas I too hope other communities will follow.