This Sunday, October 16 is National Feral Cat Day! Launched by Alley Cat Allies on their 10th anniversary in 2001, National Feral Cat Day is a day to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Release, and celebrate, empower, and mobilize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for feral cats each year.
Cats, both friendly and feral, have lived alongside humans for thousands of years. Although they are the same species as pet cats, feral or community cats are not socialized to humans and most at risk of euthanasia in shelters. Feral cats are extremely adaptable, live in complex social colonies, and can thrive in any landscape from rural to urban.
Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane and effective approach to caring for community cats and stabilizing the cat population. From 2003 to 2013 the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR programs. That number continues to grow every year.
Unfortunately, in many cities community cats still end up in animal shelters and pounds where most are euthanized. And that’s why it’s so important for all of us who care about cats to join together with hundreds of thousands of others around the world who support Alley Cat Allies and their mission to create compassionate communities for cats.
How will you celebrate National Feral Cat Day? For ideas on ways to celebrate or to register your event, please visit nationalferalcatday.org. Simply sharing a positive story of a feral cat or colony is a great place to start! Be sure to use the official hashtag #feralcatday! Tune in Sunday for our story about Buddy, a special feral cat who lived in our yard for many years. For more information on Trap-Neuter-Release and caring for community cats, please visit Alley Cat Allies.