This Saturday — October 16 — is National Feral Cat Day. What will you do that day to improve the lives of stray and feral cats?
Alley Cat Allies started National Feral Cat Day 10 years ago to spread the word about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return, the humane approach that best meets their needs. Trap-Neuter-Return improves the cats’ health, stabilizes the colony, and allows the cats to live out their lives in their outdoor homes. If there is one thing you take away from National Feral Cat Day 2010, let it be this: Trap-Neuter-Return is the best way to help feral cats!
But National Feral Cat Day is not only about learning and practicing humane cat care — it’s a day for educating others and expanding the movement.
When we started advocating for outdoor cats 20 years ago, the word “feral” wasn’t a word most people understood. Two decades later, the movement to protect and improve cats’ lives encompasses millions of Americans from all walks of life. Trap-Neuter-Return has become the official feral cat policy of major cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and prominent universities including Stanford, Texas A&M, and the University of Florida. Portia de Rossi, Angela Kinsey of The Office, comedian Paula Poundstone, and other celebrities have all declared themselves “Alley Cat Allies“. Even Disneyland finds harmony with its feral cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return!
Want to celebrate? Find an event near you on our online National Feral Cat Day event registry! Over 140 National Feral Cat Day events are already listed including:
However you choose to spend National Feral Cat Day, please take a few minutes to build awareness and spread the word:
Thank you for taking part in the 10th annual National Feral Cat Day, and for being part of the movement for cats’ humane care!
Becky Robinson is the founder and president of Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to transforming and developing communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.
photo credit: Jason Putsche
By Becky Robinson, founder and president of Alley Cat Allies
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