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October 16, 2010

National Feral Cat Day


MEOW! My name's Sammy, and I'm one of the furry children of the folks at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. Since I used to live in a feral cat colony -- and today is National Feral Cat Day -- I asked my mom and dad if I could write today's blog post. National Feral Cat Day was started in 2001 by the people at Alley Cat Allies -- the national group that helps feral and stray cats, and experts about something called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). With TNR, kitties who live outdoors are humanely trapped and brought to a v-e-t to be checked out, spayed or neutered and given their shots (me-OUCH!). Kitties who are friendly (like ME!) are put up for adoption. Luckily for me, this meant an end to my days as a feral cat. Mom and dad adopted me from PAWS about four years ago, and I'm very happy living here with them, my brofur Moosey and my sisfur Maggie! :)

Truly feral kitties who've done all that v-e-t stuff are released back into the areas they came from, and nice humans feed them every day and take care of any who are sick or get hurt. And because they are spayed and neutered, the feral cats don't have to deal with stuff like mating and pregnancy, and no new kittens are born.

If you'd like to learn more about National Feral Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies, and/or how you can help feral cats, please click
HERE.

Thanks for reading my post!

Sammy the Cat :)

34 comments:

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Sammy, that is an excellent message for everyone! You're a very clever fella!

Mama Feline said...

Sammy thank you for sharing and this is a very important service. You look just like our boy Joe, who was also adopted in South Africa. He is as gorgeous as you are now that he livces with my human mom and dad. We all love him to bits. I'll post a picture on my blof today so you can pop by and check him out. Purrs to you sweet one!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Sammy, you are the perfect National Feral Cat Day spokescat since you are a feral cat graduate!

The Whiskeratti said...

Sammy, we're so glad you are one of the lucky ones - we wish all kittehs could have a happy Forever Home. You did a pawsome job presenting today's post.

Marg said...

Sammy, you look so happy and we sure are glad you found a wonderful home. That was a terrific post that you wrote. Those Alley cat Allies is a wonderful organization. Sure hope all of you have a wonderful week end.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Sammy - you have been lucky to get a lovely furever home as we are sure you are aware. This makes you a great spokescat on feral cats and their needs.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Vicki said...

Great to raise awareness on this one....thanks for sharing

The Island Cats said...

Sammy, what a great post about the feral kitties and how humans can help them! We're glad you are now safe inside your furever home!

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

What a handsome fella you are, Sammy....love the markings on your face. Our mama squeed when she saw you and tried to get at you through the monitor....silly mama!!!!!!!! We are so thankful that you ended up with such a loving forever home.

We purray every day for the ferals and for the wonderful 'beans that take the time to make the TNR programs successful....and we hope they all receive many blessings.

Anonymous said...

So glad you were rescued and that you have enlightened human who care for ferals in your area. We hope someday all ferals will be cared for too.

Cat said...

Sammy you are a great spokescat for National Feral Cat Day and bringing attention to TNR programs! We are so glad you were adopted by your wonderful mum and dad :-)

Gattina said...

Fortunately they do it in Belgium too. There are too many cats and they have to be neutred. Sammy you are a lucky cat to have found such a nice home !

Brian said...

Thanks for all you do to help those in need!

lupie said...

Sammy, you are very good looking and we are happy to read your story. Thanks for sharing!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oh Sammy...mama said *snorgle snorgle SNORGLE* you ALL over! We loved your happy story, sweet one. ♥♥

Julia Williams said...

What a cute cat you are, and a pretty good writer too!

Art and Sew Forth said...

Hi Sammy! I am a guinea pig, but my loves cats and she just wrote an article about feral cats too! She wishes she could help them all.

Her article is here:
http://etsyforanimals.blogspot.com/2010/10/honoring-feral-cat-day-oct-16th.html#comments

Tooey

OKcats said...

Sammy, it is very nice to meet you, and it's very fitting that we say hello on National Feral Cat Day! You are a handsome guy, and we're so glad you were friendly enough to be adopted - sounds like you hit the jackpot! Thank you for stopping by to visit us, and we'll be back often - we're using Google Reader now, so hopefully we can be more organized!

Your new friends, Fuzzy and Zoe

A few Good Cats said...

Well said, Sammy! We're all for good things for our fellow cats.

House of Carnivores said...

Good post! Feral cats are near and dear to my heart, as one of mine was probably considered feral once upon a time. :) I just became a follower.

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Great post, Sammy!! We'll send our readers on over to learn more about how they can help feral cats, too!

Jacqueline said...

Hi, handsome Sammy, so nice to meet you!...We are very glad you found a loving forever home with your sweet parents...We love this site and know your parents do a wonderful job helping precious babies like you everyday...Hope you all are having a happy weekend, sweet friends...kisses...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Miss Kitty said...

Greetings,

Nice to meet you Sammy, you look just great. Glad that you have found loving new parents four years ago and it shows that you are in lovingly good hands.

We could not agree with you more about the organization Alley Cats Allies and their TNR program. Feral Cat Day should be every day.

Wishing you a great Sunday,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Teddy Westlife said...

You are a very good spokescat Sammy.

Jana said...

Sammy - Thanks so much for letting us know about this wonderful TNR program. We're so glad you found your forever home!
~~Casper and Angel~~

Daisy said...

Sammy, you sure are handsome! Harley's mamacat was a feral cat who came in to be spayed and released, but it turned out she had Harley inside her! So they let Harley and his siblings be borned and spayed the mamacat and released her.

Gigi said...

Oh Sammy, you look sooooo comfertabuls! And what a great message, too. I myself was a feral kitteh, though now I live with my Human. I'm still sorta wild....but I do like the pets and the brushies. I'm not exactly happy about being picked up though!

Tamago said...

Hello, Sammy, it is a great post to enhance awareness and I am happy to see you found a wonderful home.

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Oh Sammy, you are quite the handsome fella. And thank you for telling everyone about National Feral Cat Day and TNR. All the feral kitties would send their thanks if they had access to email.

Oskar said...

Thank you for telling us about this wonderful program. I'm so happy that you found your forever home & don't have to live in the big bad world all alone any more.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

havetailwillwag said...

awesome message sammy and may i say that you are ADORABLE!!!!

Sasha said...

I am glad you are not a feral cat any more. It is nicer to have a human servant to look after you, even if they have their drawbacks.

Debra Taylor said...

Thanks for doing the research on the cats eating more before winter!

I did not realize it is Nat'l Feral Cat Day - thanks for this valuable post.

Debby Taylor
http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com/

caspersmom said...

Sammy I'm so glad to hear you have a forever home and a brother and sister. I would have been a feral cat if Mom hadn't caught me as a kitten. So great that the have a National Feral Cat Day. It was really neat to hear your story, thanks for posting it.

Casper