Celebrate National Feral Cat Day

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: 

  • The Puuuuurrrfect Pasta Night in Avalon, California will be held on October 17. All proceeds go to fund the spay/neuter costs for the island’s TNR programs and the Catalina Island Humane Society’s cat/kitten adoption center. 
  • The Thunder Alleycat Bowl-A-Thon in Cincinnati, Ohio will be on October 16 at Stone Lanes in Norwood.
  • ‘Feral Cat TNR…The Basics and Beyond!’; a workshop will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 16, providing the history and current methods of trapping, information on local ordinances pertaining to feral cats, and community relations training.

However you choose to spend National Feral Cat Day, please take a few minutes to build awareness and spread the word:

  • Dedicate your social networking status on Facebook or Twitter to National Feral Cat Day.
  • Write a blog post (or link to this post) about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return.
  • Print Alley Cat Allies’ downloadable poster and hang it up wherever you go.

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


patricia m lasek
patricia lasek6 years ago

My friend came and got the male Spooky and he's happy in his new forever home. His brother and sister, BeeBee and Silly have filled a void left by the passing of my Daisy in March of this year.

Spay and neuter your animals! If you can't afford it, there are organizations that will help you. Find them near you on the internet.

patricia m lasek
patricia lasek6 years ago

A beautiful, smoky gray Persian cat had been abandoned because she was in heat. She made her home in my neighbor's barn. In late June she moved to the ferns outside my kitchen window and had a litter of 3 kittens. They turned out to be feral. After a particularly nasty rain and thunder storm, I lured her into my house. She brought her kittens. They went wild trying to get out. They climbed windows, wals and doors. They hid under dressers, the sink, sofa and anywhere else they could fit.
The really amazing thing was they started using the litter box I got from my sister immediately. I never even showed it to them because I couldn't get near them. I found a wonderful home for their Mom when they were 5 weeks old. They still wouldn't come near me. One night, I woke up to find them all snuggled up next to me. I started petting them and they would purr like crazy. Then they would wake up and scatter.
Eventually they started coming to me and I could pick them up. With help from Spring Farm Cares, I was able to take them to a vet to have them all fixed and get their shots. The Humane Society agreed to take them and put them up for adoption. Last Friday I chose to keep one of them. After I left the other 2 at the Society, I cried my eyes out all night long. The next AM, I got a call from a friend saying she wanted one. I went back to the Humane Society and still crying, asked for my kittens back. After a few questions, I was happily on my way home with my precious cargo.
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Greg Gilbert
Greg Gilbert7 years ago

There is another way. Make spaying compulsory and enforced for pet dogs and cats. Require a special license for qualified breeders. This will protect both the cats and the birds. Support this if your beliefs have any integrity and guts.

Carolyn O.
Carolyn Ormenaj7 years ago

I love feral cats !!!!

Petra Luna
Petra Luna7 years ago

All pets are cool!

Kayla C.
Kayla Clark7 years ago

I love my hansom cat Oscar. I have had him since he fit in the palm of my hand.I love him and always will. :)

Pamela H.
Pamela H.7 years ago

I love my feral cats! I spay/nueter and feed. All the money I spend is worth it.
Thanks for the Feral Cat Day...nothing better than kitty love. I have 5 domestic cats of my own.
Trying to start a Kitty Litter Rescue in San Antonio, TX. If you know of anyone that is willing to domate 2 acres for this please contact me at redyellowgreen@hotmail.com

Jane H.
Jane H7 years ago

I love my stray or feral cat who adopted me!!

Cheryl L.
Cheryl L7 years ago

as a cat lover I thank you for posting this!

SANDRA R7 years ago

Cats beautiful and smart animals! Thank you Nicole!!!