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October 16, 2011

National Feral Cat Day

It's National Feral Cat Day! Now in its 11th year, National Feral Cat Day was launched in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for feral and stray cats and a recognized authority on Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) — the program wherein cats who live outdoors are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

Friendly cats and kittens are put up for adoption. Feral cats that have undergone the procedure are released back into the areas from which they came, with volunteer caregivers providing a managed food source and monitoring the colony to aid sick or injured cats. 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.

31 comments:

Juno said...

Paws up for National Feral Cat Day!! We were not aware of it and thank you for posting this!

Momo & Pinot xoxo

Karen Jo said...

You wrote a great post for National Feral Cats Day.

Sparkle said...

I am doing a commenthon for one of my local feral and stray groups for National Feral Cat Day!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

An excellent post and an excellent cause.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We think this is an important cause! I was semi feral! Being free and very scared of all humans. I am still fearful of humans... except my mom and the human grandma! That was most likely why I was left behind when my former mom, (the neighbor) moved. It took mom several days to catch me!

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Yay and paws up for all those involved in the good work of helping ferals and strays!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Paws up for your National Feral Cat Day.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Island Cats said...

Happy National Feral Cat Day!

Hilary said...

TNR is such a great program.....

Unknown said...

Paws Up for National Feral Day - our local cat sanctuary runs a TNR programme... so simple and yet so effective! =^..^=

Cat said...

Thank goodness for caring volunteers that participate in TNR!!!

Judi said...

Great post! Thanks for participating in Weekend Cat Blogging.

The Chair Speaks said...

Yay for this National Feral Cat Day and lots of purrs for volunteer caregivers!

GRAÇA said...

We were on vacation so it's not the vieemos visit, but now we come home and want a good week
Turrinhas girlfriend
Kika

Brian said...

The adorable ferals deserve every bit of help we all can provide for them!

Katnip Lounge said...

We are all formerly feral here at The Lounge. Humans need to get us spayed and neutered!

Marg said...

Thanks for writing this post. We need to get the word out to as many people that we can, that ferals are not horrible cats. They can be very very nice. At least all of mine are nice. Have a great week end.

Oui Oui said...

Some of our cats were ferals, all have been rescues. It breaks the mom's heart to think of all the suffering homelessness causes. Once they had a home, none of our ferals have ever looked to go outside again.

Gigi said...

I can't see your pictures yet (soon, I hope) but I am so happy you are coming over. It's been an AWFUL couple of dayopefully things will get fixed soon!

XOXO, Spitty

Gigi said...

Um, make that:

...days, but hopefully...

havetailwillwag said...

Awesome!! Love you guys!! Happy National Feral Kitty Day! I'll tell my ferals that today is their special day :) Maybe give them a tasty treat with their kibble.

Ellen Whyte said...

Hooray for National Feral Cat Day! We should all have one of those.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Thank you for helping raise awareness about ferals (mom forget which is norty). xx

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Me too lift´s my paws up for National Feral Cat Day !

catsynth said...

It sounds like a great program.

Interestingly, I saw a large feral cat colony in the industrial sections of SF on Saturday while I was wandering around to art studios. They were in a vacant lot near a studio building, but seemed well cared for, with food and water provided.

Tamago said...

I got to know the T-N-R program through blogging and am more aware of it. Every kitty deserves a good life and I admire these caring people. Thank you for raising the awareness.

White Dog Blog said...

This is a wonderful program with a proven record of success! Thanks for sharing the word...if only the programs were better funded...

Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Great post. I started out outside but now have my furever home and never ever want to go back out there again.

Gattina said...

That's the best I have heard of and I think all countries should do that. In Belgium there is T N R service but maybe not enough.

Cindy Adkins said...

This sounds like a wonderful program. Going to click on the link now to learn more. Thanks!
Cindy

Beth said...

Thanks for your post in honor of the feral cats. We've dealt with quite a few over the years but the colony is not much of a colony anymore...two of the original cats remain, and other kitties visit for food every day.