Friday, Oct. 16, marks the 15th anniversary of National Feral Cat Day and more than 700 events will take place to celebrate the milestone.
Alley Cat Allies, community cat education and advocacy group, created the day in 2001 and also came up with this year’s theme: Evolution of the Cat Revolution. The empowering theme makes supporting TNR and humane cat control sound awesome.
Events to further the cause of protecting feral cats will take place across the country. Visit NationalFeralCatDay.org lists hundreds of local, volunteer-driven events as well as ideas for people to participate in their communities. Events include organizing spay/neuter clinics, arranging educational sessions, encouraging official governmental proclamations, and raising funds to support local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, according to Alley Cat Allies.
Community cats are simply cats who live outdoors, without owners and have lived without socialization. Many of these cats provide a service as effective rodent control. One famouse example is the feral cat population at Disneyland, which numbers near 100 and takes care of the (non-Mickey) mice and rats at the park.
Alley Cat Allies promotes kind population management through TNR. The group wrote a refresher on the topic in a release they sent to inform the public about National Feral Cat Day events:
“During TNR, cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered, and then vaccinated. While under anesthesia, the cats are eartipped – a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification. After they recover from the sterilization surgery, they are returned to their outdoor home.
Trap-Neuter-Return is the only effective method of stabilizing cat colony populations. In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR programs.”
The group ended with a promotion of following activities for National Feral Cat Day on social media with the #feralcatday hashtag.