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October 16, 2012

National Feral Cat Day 2012


Hi everybuddy! It’s me, Sammy! Did you know today is National Feral Cat Day? Since I used to live in a feral cat colony (before I came to PAWS, where the mom and the dad gotcha'd me from), it’s sort of a tradition for me here at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life to write our National Feral Cat Day post.

National Feral Cat Day was started in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies -- the national group that helps feral and stray cats. The people at Alley Cat Allies are also experts about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), where kittehs who live outdoors are humanely trapped and checked out medically, spayed or neutered and given their shots.  Cats who are friendly (like me!) are put up for adoption.

Cats who are truly feral are released back into the areas from which they came, or into managed feral cat colonies, 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 cats don't have to deal with stresses 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.

Purrs and hugs!

Sammy

44 comments:

cats of wildcat woods said...

We did a post on feral cat day to - we told the story of how we all came to live with our beans.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

You guys are amazing. Thank you for all that you do.

Sparkle said...

Thanks for the awesome post, Sammy! You are just the right kitty to do it!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

You're a very good spokes cat for former ferals! I like to think Leo is too. I'm so glad he was rescued so I could adopt him!

The Cat From Hell said...

Great post! We loves to hears about the good yous guys does!
Kisses
nellie

The Island Cats said...

Good job, Sammy! TNR is the best way for feral kitties! We also did a post about the feral kitties.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank you all so much for caring about the feral cats.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Anonymous said...

I have a feral who eats on my back porch and takes a nap on the chair. I already wrote my post for today or I'd have posted her!

Maggie@shelter-cats said...

Sammy is a great spokescat for TNR. I'm so glad that Sammy ended up with such a happy home.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a great post. Sammy we are so glad you were rescued and then gotchad.
Alfie was born feral ~ and we are glad he was rescued and gotchad too.

xx

Old Kitty said...

Awww Sammy!!! You are a fine example of what love and care may achieve for a feral kitty! Yay!!

Take care
x

Marg said...

Hi there Sammy, you are such a good example of a feral kitty that made such a good pet. They can be tamed with patience. Take care.

Brian said...

Y'all rock! We love all feral kitties and try to do our best for them every single day!

Random Felines said...

great post - Sammy, we are so glad you found a home!!

The Paw Relations said...

Sammy, we're glad that you got the chance to be formally feral!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

this bee a grate post sammy; ewe did a grate job writin this N we iz WAY soooper glad ewe getted gotcha'ed, N think oh how way sooper kewl it wood be if evree kittteh that could bee gotcha'ed getted sew !!! de psoter iz rockin two....

XOXOXO ta all de ferals

Tamago said...

Happy National Feral Cat Day! Sammy, we are so happy you were gotcha'd and now you are speaking for feral kitties to help them!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

LOVE seeing everyone pass the word!

Julia Williams said...

Sammy, I'm so glad you got adopted by such wonderful pawrents and don't have to live on the street. Maybe one day we will see a time when there are very few ferals -- because every kitty deserves to feel safe, warm, happy and loved!

Katie Isabella said...

Sammy precious boy..I am so glad you were adopted and I am so grateful for PAWS. Every day I am grateful.

Daisy said...

Hooray for a great post! Feral cats are just as deserving of love and care.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

PAWS is just the BEST! Sammy, I got 'dopted too, We is lucky kitties, I fink so. XOXOXO

michico*Adan said...

Love this post!
Thanks for sharing!

Katz Tales said...

Speaking as 3 rescued ferals, we like the idea of Feral Day and hope it works - internationally!

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew there was a national today, until today, one feral resides at my bay.

Cat Tee Mission said...

So glad everyone is sharing the feral love! :)

Oui Oui said...

How embarrassing! We missed that today was NFC day. We hope to do a belated post (its not the same as being on time) as its very important. Keep up the good work, lovely furrineds!

Layla ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Love this post and thanks for sharing the love :-)

catsynth said...

Happy National Feral Cat Day! We have colonies here that people take care of, too, and have been part of TNR programs. We love the stories of cats like Sammy that have made the transition from life outside to loving homes, but also the stories of people who care for the cats whose true home is outdoors.

Gattina said...

That's the best thing to do when ! congratulations ! each city in the world should do the same !

Hilary said...

I am so glad you got gotcha'd... There are several feral colonies by my house and they are cared for by wonderful TNR volunteers. One of my neighbors brought in two little kittens a year or so ago, and they are the happiest, and most spoiled little guys ever....

Kjelle Bus said...

So glad you are gotchad :)
and so glad that there are volunteers that help the feral cat´s :)

Sherlock, Ash and Traveler said...

Great post! Thanks for letting us know today is National Cat Feral day :) The mom here has been feeding some stray cats on our neighborhood and has been trying to catch them so she can take them to the no-kill shelters. They've been eating the food which is good but mom will have to figure something else out on how to catch them...

Sherlock, Ash and Traveler said...

And Con-cats on you being Gotcha'd!! Hugs and purrrs xx

Katie and Glogirly said...

This is a beautiful post. The wonderful humans that take care of all those feral kitties are truly wonderful.
bless them xo

Whskr & Dash Kitten said...

I lovely post. I am overwhelmed with the love for Ferals I have seen from my fellow bloggers. Thank you!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Our favorite pet store donated 500 lbs of food to our local TNR group and then matched pound for pound every customer's donation. they raised 700 lbs of food yesterday! Woohoo, they did the WDA proud.

Beth said...

This post touches my heart! We've cared for many ferals over the years and still do - there are just 3 now, but periodically others begin coming and they're free to eat at our banquet too.

Oskar said...

We'd love to learning more about feral cats!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Anonymous said...

Wow! Our Hissy Fit Jones and Little Girl were both from feral colonies!

Purrfect Haven said...

crucial work. So impressed and supportive of all that is being done.
Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

Zee and Zoey - Deb Barnes said...

It was wonderful to see all of the great posts on National Feral Cat Day - thank you for sharing yours!! We also wanted to say that we really enjoyed learing about the human male at his appearance on the Responsible Pet Ownership Blog!!

Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

FaRADaY: *waves paw wildly* HI Sammy! Sometimes we likes to go back and read some of the posts again - and we were SHOCKED to find out the mama must not have hit the publish button! So we dragged her lazy--- err, we very nicely asked her to repost. (MOL)
We think National Feral Cat Day is pawesome - and TNR is so very important.
How cool that you have the background to be such a natural and charismatic spokescat for the cause!

Purrrfect Kitty Sitter said...

Looks like Lola has found a great spot! :-)