October 16 is National Feral Cat Day! What Are You Doing to Celebrate?

Thu, Oct 14, 2010

Animal Welfare

October 16 is designated as National Feral Cat Day, a day to show your support for our feral friends and the individuals and organizations who work to help protect and improve the lives of cats around the country. It’s a perfect opportunity to go out into your local community and introduce people to the idea of TNR and caring for feral cats.

Alley Cat Allies is the driving force behind National Feral Cat Day. They have a number of resources to help you make the most of this special day. Check out the Alley Cat Allies website for the following:

  • Ideas and suggestions for celebrating National Feral Cat Day
  • List of events taking place in states all over the country – find one in your town or register your event
  • Sample materials to help you spread the word about your event
  • Handouts to help educate others about feral cats
  • Feral cat celebrity supporters (Portia di Rossi is a big supporter – I love her!)
  • Alley Cat Allies gear – wear your love of feral cats on your sleeve! (or chest, or mug, or bumper…)

For example, the folks a The Foundation for Homeless Cats here in Phoenix are organizing volunteers to attend twelve different community events on Oct 16. They will be partnering with the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department, and the Phoenix Block Watch Advisory Board to attend neighborhood gatherings where volunteers will distribute literature and information on low cost spay/neuter, TNR, and animal cruelty.

If you have something special planned for National Feral Cat Day, please leave a comment here with details.

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13 Responses to “October 16 is National Feral Cat Day! What Are You Doing to Celebrate?”

  1. 1
    Erin

    It’s just by coincidence, but we’ll be running our monthly feral cat spay/neuter clinic on the 16th. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by TNRing ~50 Charm City street kitties!

  2. 2
    Amber

    i’ve been volunteering with Spay Baton Rouge for a little over 2 years now, doing various things (including TNR) over that time. right now i’m mostly running errands, picking up money from a clinic and depositing it into the organizatino’s bank account. i’ll be doing that on Saturday as it happens…not exactly “for” National Feral Cat Day, but…

    …my ferals are pretty spoiled already anyway, but maybe i’ll give ‘em something extra special.

  3. 3
    caren gittleman

    I am devoting my blog both on Friday Oct 15 (featuring a local feral cat rescue woman) and Saturday Oct 16th will feature a special Guest Blogger, “Alley Cat Allies”….don’t miss these two very important blog posts on Cat Chat http://opcatchat.blogspot.com

  4. 4
    Marie Rivers

    I feel honored because October 16th is also my Birthday! We have 3 “rescue” cats & I love cats beyond words. I will go to the Alley Cat Allies website and check it out. Thanks!

  5. 5
    Kim

    Thank you for remembering our feral kids! I’m a Trap-Neuter-Return volunteer and on Sat. I will be trapping cats to take to our spay/neuter clinic on Sun. :-)

  6. 6
    Bryan Price

    If I was home, I’d be hugging my half-feral black cat. But I’d be doing that anyways.

    She was a kitten that started socializing with our other cats (six at the time), and after a few times of walking into our house, we trapped her inside, got her to the vet for shots and spading, and while she isn’t full feral, she doesn’t get alone will with most of the other cats (the one that she did get along with having passed a few years ago), she can be gone for days before holing up in the house (usually when the weather’s wet outside) or comes in looking for a treat.

    But I’m 3700 miles away from home as the crow flies (according to GPS) and won’t be home until later this month. I’m enjoying my grandchild born last month more than my cats at this point. :)

  7. 7
    giaguara

    I’ll be spoiling my kittehs on the 16th – it’s their 1st birthday. Until now all cats that have owned me I’ve never known when their birthday was so this time it’s different. Their birthday party includes kitty noms (crabs, tuna and other fish, human grade), new kitty toys (birthday mice for both of them), and lots of play and tummy rubs.

  8. 8
    jmuhj

    Wow, the other posters have some wonderful plans! Longtime ACA supporters here. I’ll be hugging and cuddling my rescued family, including my youngest, who would probably have been labelled a feral kitten when she found us. She’s still pretty wild sometimes!

  9. 9
    Ana FĂ©lix Pires

    Why not international. :(

    I guess I’ll just be enjoying my kitty. :)

  10. 10
    Patricia

    Taking a TNR class. It’s the most important thing I can do to help these adorable cats.

  11. 11
    Martina Keil

    The all volunteer non-profit I help run (Oregon Outback Humane Society)is making final arrangements to start a TNR Program. After 3 years of operating our Companion SN Program, Foster and Adoption Services and Pet Food Share in our small, remote, rural community. The closest SN CLinic is 4 ours one way from us. It’s time to help our true homeless animals and thanks to cooperation of a vet with a love of ferals, we have a chance! We realize that without this proactive program, a goal of no more homeless pets is unattainable. We trap on Nov 19th. Targeted Area #1 includes a colony of 20 cats. Anyone interested in finding out how they can help us continue this effort can view our website http://www.oregonoutbackhumane.org. We are in need of donations and grant opportunities. Being in such a small – economically depressed area, the need is great but access to financial resources is small. Thanks. PS – LOVE your website. Our cats are getting the mudroom makeover so they can come and go during the day into a cat wonderland….of course they are gracious enough to let my husband and I share the bed at night! Will post photos when finished! ~Nartina

  12. 12
    Pat

    We will be doing what we do everyday – maybe find a bit of special treats for them! We feed close to a dozen feral cats every day. It seems that peop[ple move off and leave all their cats to just roam and find their own food! Wish I could get my hands on those people. Instead of just letting them get into neighborhood trash cans, my daughter and I feed them morning and night. We have four in the house (all feral cats) rescued as kittens. They are spoiled, but so are the outties (my daughter calls them the “welfare cats”). It gets expensive, but the love and friendship from the kitties is worth it!

  13. 13
    Sandra

    On National Feral Cat Day, we are officially publishing the illustrated children’s book titled “Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship,” which is based on the true story of a stray kitten and the wild crow that saved her. In addition to the heartwarming children’s story and beautiful illustrations, the book has an educational section, which includes “Fun Facts About Cats.” In it we discuss the plight of stray and feral cats as well as TNR techniques, so that kids are aware of these issues too. The topics are treated in a light, kid-friendly way. You can purchase the book at Barnes & Noble.


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