October 16 marks the thirteenth annual National Feral Cat Day – the day when Alley Cat Allies (ACA) focuses on its nationwide campaign to improve the animal control systems that do not value or protect the lives of stray and feral cats.
ACA is a national advocate for feral and stray cats and a recognized authority on Trap‐Neuter‐Return (TNR) — a program in which cats who live outdoors are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated.
The slogan for this year’s celebration is be an “architect of change for cats – blueprints for building humane communities.” This day provides an opportunity for animal lovers across the country to help protect and improve the lives of cats by passing on the message that feral cats can live long, healthy and happy lives outside.
Becky Robinson, President of ACA, notes that scientific evidence as well as decades of hands‐on experience shows that TNR is more humane than programs that rely on catch and kill. It is also more effective, because it stops intact cats who evade capture from breeding and starting the cycle all over again, a phenomenon known as the vacuum effect. Becky says “The cost of catch and kill is too high, and not only in terms of dollars. Being killed in an animal pound or shelter is the leading documented cause of death for cats in the United States.”
No matter where your neighbors or elected officials currently stand in terms of feral cat awareness or care, National Feral Cat Day is an opportunity to come together to draw attention to the cause and make a difference in the lives of cats. Last year there were over 360 events across the country in recognition of National Feral Cat Day. Hundreds of special events are planned for this year. Click here to find an event in your community.
On National Feral Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies is encouraging all of us to take action – find out how animal control practices are helping or hurting cats in your community, talk to local public officials about change, ask questions, ask your friends and neighbors to question local animal control policies, plan a community wide event, and, most of all, help make the public aware of the problems that exist in their communities and how to address those problems. Don’t miss this opportunity to help protect and improve the lives of cats around the country.