Brooklyn’s Feral For Life Celebreates National Feral Cat Day

Thu, Oct 15, 2009

Animal Welfare

Feral For Life Celebrates National Feral Cat Day

The Brooklyn, NY-based organization Feral For Life, which helps support local cat rescue, has some great events and fundraisers planned for National Feral Cat Day. There will be an event at Washington Commons from 6 to 10 pm, plus they are selling a new t-shirt designed by Sarah Han as well as an “I Brake for Ferals!” bumper sticker designed by Erik Kiesewetter. All proceeds go to support ongoing care for feral cats.

What are you doing for National Feral Cat Day?

If your organization is planning something special for National Feral Cat Day, please leave a comment on this post with the details.

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15 Responses to “Brooklyn’s Feral For Life Celebreates National Feral Cat Day”

  1. 1

    I noticed this deal on facebook:

    Since tomorrow, Friday, October 16th, is National Feral Cat Day, we thought it only be appropriate to give everyone 50% off purchases of $40 or more at (seriously). Use the promo code NFCD09 at checkout. Offer valid now thro…ugh Friday, October 16th at midnight. Happy National Feral Cat Day everyone!

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    I’m officially scheduling a vet visit to a stray I’ve been feeding all summer & who I’ve somewhat tamed. She’s an extremely petite grey tabby bobtail who I discovered trying to eat frozen garbage (as a result, she has two broken teeth) nearby last year & was completely wild. But through repeated feedings & being gentle with her she’s become quite tame. She’s like nothing better than to be a lapcat & has clearly adopted me. She’s even worked enough mojo with my calico queen to have taken over the porch- totally amazing.

    I have two housecats & we are concerned about her possibly carrying disease, etc. with her into the house. It’s not in my budget at this moment to do a round with the vet, purchase an outside shelter & get her spayed but I’ve wanted to & with snow starting to fall, my heart is more or less breaking & the shelter I’ve constructed seems inadequate.

    There are no budget programs anywhere in the county & few vets so at least getting her vet checked & innoculated is step one. She’s not entirely welcome to be in the house for reasons I’m unable to alter.

    I couldn’t even find cheap rabies clinics locally, services in this rural PA county. We just moved here & the first summer I took a big stray Himalayan to the SPCA because he was such a nice fellow & obviously lost. I left a decent donation ($60) and signed up to become his guardian. When I went back to check on him as suggested the following week, they had put him down- due to a urinary tract infection, without even calling me.

    It is just heartbreaking with these strays, the hills here seem filled with them- I just don’t know how they survive. I guess I’m not in a position to help a bunch of them, but can help one- and see that she doesn’t reproduce.

    She’s really sweet, a good spirit & I just have to grit my teeth a bit & step up to the plate. I’m also disappointed that our vet doesn’t offer any special rates except one day a year for one spay day.

    Well, “The Stowaway” will get her vet call today.

    Thanks to all who help feral cats. I LOVE feral villa, too!

  3. 3
    Azar ATTURA

    Leafletting — at work, at the local store and coffeeshop, and local adult education center.

    I carry with me, the (very attractive and informative!!!)Alley Cat Allies leaflets in SPANISH as well as English — the Hispanic population in my area is approx 40% of the local population.

  4. 4

    I though you would find this article interesting –

    It’s about the popular cat colony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (Canada). It’s quite the tourist attraction.

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    My daughter and I have a CafePress shop featuring photos of the feral cat colony on our street. Proceeds from the shop go to the owner of the house under which the colony sleeps to help with their upkeep. The neighbor is feeding them all daily, and is having them “fixed” as time and money allow.

    The shop is at if anyone is interested.

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    I will spend today with all four of my cats, two of whom were feral cats. Rowan and Finn were 2 of a litter of four, who with the Mother cat, were living in the loading dock area of the Metrodome and were being feed by the guard crew. Luckily one female kitten wandered up to the guard desk one day and a security guard fell in love with her and took her home to his other 2 cats, 1 dog, 2 kids, wife, and Mother. His vet estimated the age to be 8 weeks.

    Four weeks later many of us decided that the other 3 kittens and Mother cat needed to be relocated and someone offered their barn (as she has 2 barn cats that she feeds-and 4 housecats). Two kittens were caught and sequestered at my house (since I already had 2 cats) while we tried to get the other kitten and Mother. Another week and the Mother was caught (no sign of the 4th kitten). Alas, Momma cat chewed a whole in a window screen and escaped early the next morning. Kittens did not follow.

    Another week goes by and little kittens escape into the whole house and follow my Oliver around. And here they stay. Both have had vaccinations and have been neutered. Finn can be quite skittish still and almost never lets me pet him. Rowan can still be spooked but likes attention.

    It’s just a cozy house now with the 4 boys: Felix, Oliver Twist, Rowan, and Finn.

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    Mineola- I don’t know what state you live in but up here in Maine we have a program called “help fix me now” it lets low income households who love their pets and want to do the right thing spay and nuetering for $10 and our vets and Humane Societies around here also offer low priced vet care and rabies clinics. It would not hurt for you to call your local Humane Society and ask about any low cost options to help with the cost. You can also try pet stores like Petco, Petsmart, and Pet Quarters they usually have clinics for vaccinations.

    I also have a feral cat (now 4 years old). I went to the H.S. in my area to just “visit” the homeless kitties, and a worker came from out back with tiny male kitten (he was only 5 or 6 weeks), he just just fur and bones, it was love at first sight. The only problem with him was he was feral, very scared and hissed ALOT! He was found by his “angel” in a dumpster, someone had to of thrown him in there because there was no way he could have gotten in there by himself it was a covered dumpster. When he was brought to the wonderful Humane Society where I had gotten my other 2 babies, they thought he was dead because he did not move until they poked at him and he froze in fear and hissed. I asked this little guy and they asked if I would “foster” him for 2 weeks and I quickly said YES! I took him home and the 2 weeks flew by and I took him back and they asked me can you please keep him a little longer, they had an outbreak of distemper/parvo and did not want him to be exposed, well a had him a total of 2 months and was very attached even though he didn’t really trust me yet and didn’t ever come around me. I took him back heartbroken that I had to give him up because I did not have the money needed to adopt him and she saw how upset I was and told me that if I was willing to give him the wonderful loving home she knew I would she would waive the adoption fee and have him microchipped, shots done, and give me the $30 certificate for getting him neutered (this was before they required them to be spay/neutered before you could adopt), he had already been FIV/Leukemia tested, and still crying said yes and thank you! She also told me that he probably would have had to be euthanized because he was considered unadoptable and they were so over crowded with “adoptable” cats, they didn’t have the space to hold him until he could learn to trust people and he probably would still be there today because he is still a work in progress. It now is 4 years later and even though he bonded with my other cats immediately it has taken a little longer with me but he improves a little more each day. He is always out when I am home and will follow me around and jump up in my lap for “lovin” and always meow’s at me in the kitchen even though he has food and water (I think he wants his treats), but when someone comes over he runs and hides sometimes just for a few minutes or sometimes until they leave. I am so glad that I was able to save my little baby and thank the Humane Socitey and his “angel” that took him there that day, if it was not for them I would not had the chance to love this beautiful little guy, and he would not have had the chance to love me (at least I think he loves me)!!

    Everyone that helps out these cats I just want to say thanks and keep up the great work! They depend on you! I want to help with controlling the feral/stray population and am trying to get info on starting TNR (trap, neuter and return) in my area, I live in Maine so if anyone has info on how you get started with it and how you have it set up with vets to spay/neuter for little or no cost I would be very interested in any info you have. I am a 1 woman 3 cat army so it would just be me doing this and I have no idea where to start???? Please help me help the homeless kitties in Maine by sharing any info you may have on this!

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    My friend & I take care of 15 semi – feral cats! We trapped & released all of them,had them spayed & neutered. We feed them, love them, try to keep them safe! They are so beautiful! They are all our babies!!

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    Have you tried Animal Welfare, that’s where we went through.

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    The cat rescue where I volunteer, is having a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 18 in Los Angeles– called Cocktails for Critters; check it out if you are in the area!

    it is not specifically for Ferals, but many of the cats we have rescued are alley cats and semi-ferals on the street. And several of our volunteers (including myself) help with TNR programs, and feeding and giving water to maintain feral communities in Los Angeles.

    a fantastic organization for TNR in Los Angeles is called FIX Nation:
    For ferals, they do the spaying or neutering and vaccinations completely for free.

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    Zippy, Sadie & Speedy

    Mom sent special treats for all of the colonies she’s involved with. Thermal wraps for their shelters!

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    Not much of a celebration here, but what we DO, and have done for years, is: donate to Alley Cat Allies!; participate in the “I’m An Alley Cat Ally” photo ecampaign on ACA’s website; write letters, petition, and verbally educate others about community (the more inclusive term for outdoor cats of various types) cat issues. We absolutely support NFCD and are so proud (though none of the credit is ours except insofar as we are ACA members) that our city has TNR as municipal policy. YES!

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    These letters are all so touching. I had been active in spaying, neutering, feeding, and loving ‘community cats’. Then for reasons beyond my control, I had to move. I was completely devastated. The most terrible part was having to leave something I had started. But with the kindness of a very dear friend, Susan, and our local SPCA and quite a few others, the kindest people anywhere, everyone of the cats were taken care of. I will be forever grateful.
    But after reading these notes, I know I have to do something again.
    Thank you.

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    By co-incidence, today two North Americans are hoping to capture a feral queen who lives near our compound in a very poor country. We have the sedative, the steamed chicken, the gloves, the net and the carrying case.

    In six months, Calli has had two litters of five each, four of whom are now in my spare bedroom, being socialised for adoption in the diplomatic community. The local veterinarian — one of only two in a huge city who takes care of cats and dogs — is ready to sterilise her. After recovery in a large dog crate in the same room as her kittens, she will go back to her territory.

    Cali is one of millions of feral cats and dogs in the world, in countries too poor to care for their human citizens, let alone other species. While you are celebrating the achievements of the good people of the USA, give thought to those places where it takes four poor men sharing their resources to feed on crippled street cat. There are animal welfare groups active in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa that can be researched on the web — any one of them would love to receive even a small donation to help them in the overwhelming task of easing the suffering around them.

    Just a thought. Wish us luck with Calli!

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    My celebration consisted of loving my two recovering ferals, who bring me such joy. They are almost 6.5 years old now, and were a little old when they came to me — about 5 months. But even now, all these years later, I see growth and new confidence in them. They may never be typical, outgoing cats, and my friends may never see them, but they love me, and I love them.

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