October 16 was a great day for feral cats across the country. It marked the 13th annual celebration of National Feral Cat Day. Alley Cat Allies reported record numbers of Americans registering their support for embracing humane animal control and sheltering practices that protect the lives of community cats.
Alley Cat Allies founded National Feral Cat Day in 2001 on their 10th anniversary to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.
“This Wednesday was amazing,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder, Alley Cat Allies, in her recent newsletter about the day. “I’m so impressed by the numbers alone.”
Alley Cat Allies reported:
- More than 430 individuals and groups held events in honor of the 13th annual National Feral Cat Day.
- Events were held in all 50 states, as well as internationally in Panama, Mexico, Israel, and Canada
- Eighty people attended our special Helping Cats in Your Community Webinar
- Four counties issued proclamations recognizing the day
- Countless cat lovers wrote about National Feral Cat Day on social media
- We had letters to the editor and articles in newspapers across the country
- We presented the “Architects of Change for Cats” award to the City of Harrington, Delaware, for implementing a community-wide Trap-Neuter-Return program
“But National Feral Cat Day is about more than these record numbers,” continued Robinson. “I’m also blown away by how strong the movement has grown. It’s so clear that Americans want humane policies for cats, and they’re willing to take the initiative to make change happen in their own communities.”
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