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Friday, October 14, 2016

National Feral Cat Day


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. 

Two feral cats enjoy some sunshine on the NJ boardwalk

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.

Close up of beautiful feral maine coon cat with ear-tipped

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.

feral ear-tipped tabby cat keeps watch from a distance

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. 

Adorable feral kittens waiting for dinner from their colony caretaker

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. 
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33 comments

  1. Thank you for spreading the word ! We don't have real ferals in our area, we rather have roaming farm cats. Purrs

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  2. We were in Cyprus this summer and there were feral cats all over the island. The locals love them because historically they were great at ridding incoming ships from other lands of rats, etc. There were some Orthodox churches where the nuns ministry was feeding and caring for the cats. I thought this was fantastic!

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  3. Thank you for raising awareness and spreading the word! I have a friend in Maine who takes in ferals to foster on his property.

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  4. We have lots of ferals around here. Didn't know they had their own day!

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  5. Love this! I'll have my Feral Cat Day post up over the weekend.

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  6. I think "alley cats" are the BEST cats! I really need to find a calendar on animal days! I keep discovering more and more but always too late to post about them. Thank you for being on top of things and spreading awareness.

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  7. ruby...thanx for sharin thiz.....frum all oh uz catz everee wear....THANX ~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥

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  8. What beautiful cats, I luffs them
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  9. We have cats that come around our property hunting for mice. We are not sure if they belong to someone or are feral cats on their own
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  10. There are a ton of cats around here. I'm never sure if they're feral or outdoor cats. Last year, someone posted about a badly injured cat by his house and I took him to the vet where eventually he had to be put down but at least he wasn't in pain anymore.

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  11. We have our former ferals here...we'll be posting on Sunday.

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  12. We honor and love ferals everywhere. We may have to delay our National Feral Day post, I'm sure they won't mind.

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  13. I'll be re-promoting my post w/ the story of my sister's feral cats & how she TNR'd them all by herself. I'll use the #feralcatday. I'm so proud of her for helping these kitties!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  14. I'll be re-promoting my post w/ the story of my sister's feral cats & how she TNR'd them all by herself. I'll use the #feralcatday. I'm so proud of her for helping these kitties!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  15. Oh, I loves this postie! Kittehs everywhere should lives happy and wonderful lives! Butts, I do believe in the trap/neuter/return, otherwise it's just not healthy for any of the kittehs. Good job!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥
    pees: this does NOT mean I likes the kittehs that try and invade my yardie, and leaves poopies under Ma's window, which waft inside MY house! just sayin'....

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  16. Hari OM
    It is a problem which has risen in the UK - and only in the past 20 or 30 years. Like puppies, more and more folk take on kittens then dump them... and this is the source of the 'feral' population, the word itself meaning "return to wild". The feral populations are domestic cats without homes. The other factor is that more and more folk just don't neuter their pets, often for all the wrong reasons and even if they think their tom cat is a 'stay at home cat', you can be d*** sure he isn't!!! The TNR programs around the world are doing wonderful work, but it is a wee bit like King Canute and the tide, one feels... Getting awareness raised is another challenge and you are one of the wonderful voices for this!!! Thank you &*> YAM xx

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  17. Thanks for spreading the word. A friend of mine is very involved in TNR and raising awareness where she lives. They no longer called them feral cats, but "community" cats. I think that was very clever, rather than referring to them as outcasts as pests, they're trying to make them part of the community and something every resident should be concerned about.

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  18. Feral cats are a big project and it is wonderful so many people are working to help them. We don't have any around here, thankfully.

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  19. Thank you for the reminder. I was disgusted and shocked to find that most municipalities in the area have an "extermination" approach. It made the news 6 months ago when one partnered with a rescue to do TNR. The comments on the story were even scarier - people were MAD at the change in policy.

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  20. I am so glad you reminded us about this important day. There is at least one semi-feral or feral cat in my neighborhood, and I have shelter, food, and water out for him each day. He is not neutered, and I hope to trap and neuter him at some point. There are some other cats that have been coming around lately as well, some of them I believe to be outdoor family pets, and others strays or ferals. It really is so important to raise awareness about issues such as this, so thank you so much for doing so!

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  21. Thank you for spreading the word about helping feral cats.

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  22. It is so important to spread the word about the feral cats. We forgot about the date but we are such big fans of the feral cats since we have so many here. Great post about the feral cats.

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  23. This is such important information- these kitty's are all so pretty too!

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  24. It makes me happy to see that TNR works! Our back yard is part of a 5 acre section of woods. When we moved in there were a lot of stray cats, but over time the colony has disappeared. I think our cat was one of the last ones. I am pretty sure that a woman on our street helps with a TNR program.

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  25. Oh TNR works alright, I have seen it in action. I just wish New Zealand was not so arrogant it believes we should shot them all. Easy way out - ignorance pure and simple.

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  26. I hadn't known about this day until these posts. I learned a ton just from reading them, but I also contacted the right people regarding an abandoned building in our area that I know has at least half a dozen feral cats.

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  27. Great reminder- I didn't know about the day but certainly support the mission

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  28. Have been sharing on my pages today to remind everyone as it is so important

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  29. I don't see as many feral cats in my neighborhood anymore. I don't know if that means people are now spaying their cats more. I do see more feral cats on university campuses, which is really sad because it usually means students left them when they left the university.

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  30. Feral cats are their own very special sort of kitty. It takes very special people to care for them too. I have always envied the kind of patience that people who care for feral cats have. My dad loves ferals! TNR programs are an excellent idea and I'm glad to see them being implemented more and more in cities. Feral cats are a great part of the local ecosystem when their population is kept in check.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  31. My Prince loved cats and had several ones as friends where we live. One of them that i had named Tom would climb up 4 floors just to say hi and eat some mince

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  32. Oh, our Binx was a feral kitty! My daughter rehabbed him, and we had him vetted and adopted him over five years now! We were busy with relatives in this weekend for my daughter's baby shower and did not realize it was Feral Cat Day! Will have to give our Binx some extra treats! :-)

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  33. There was a pride of feral cats that lived across the street from us when we first moved into our home. They were always sunning themselves in our driveway, so I took to leaving some food for them, particularly in the winter months. Once I learned of the SNR program in our area, I contacted them and our feral cat population was swooped up for spay/neuter which is great. They still hang around, but at least we don't have tons of kittens too!

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