For Immediate Release: October 14, 2008
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, email@example.com or 202-207-1134
OCTOBER 16 IS NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY
90 Events in 30 Cities Planned Across U.S.
BETHESDA, MD — National Feral Cat Day (NFCD), October 16, is the annual kick-off for
Alley Cat Allies’ national educational campaign about the protection of feral and stray cats, why
they need a different kind of care, and how communities can stop the killing of cats in their local
animal pounds and shelters.
“We are calling for a revolutionary change in shelter practice and policy,” said Becky Robinson,
president of Alley Cat Allies. “We already know we have the support of hundreds of thousands of
citizens nationwide. National Feral Cat Day is our national call-to-action for this movement.”
To mark National Feral Cat Day, thousands of volunteers and local organizations across the United
States will hold events throughout the month, including spay and neuter clinics, community rallies,
shelter-building projects and leafleting campaigns seeking to raise awareness and end the killing of
cats by animal control agencies and shelters. At least 90 events are planned in 30 cities across the
U.S. For a complete listing of events, see www.alleycat.org/NFCD.
Alley Cat Allies is also asking the public to demonstrate support for animal-shelter reform through
its online photo pledge. Visitors to www.alleycat.org/NFCD can print an “I’m an Alley Cat Ally”
sign, snap a photo of themselves, their friends or their pets with the sign, and upload the photo to
Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they aren’t socialized to people, and so are
fearful of humans and not adoptable. They live healthy, natural lives on their own, content in their
outdoor home. More than seventy percent of all cats that enter our animal control pounds and
shelters are killed. That number jumps to virtually one hundred percent for feral cats.
“More cats are intentionally killed in our nation’s animal pounds and shelters than die from any
other documented cause,” said Robinson. “This ‘catch and kill’ approach is costly, cruel, and
ineffective. It is also not supported by the vast majority of Americans.”
Robinson cited a national survey conducted for Alley Cat Allies by Harris Interactive, which found
that an overwhelming number – 81 percent – preferred to let an outdoor cat live out her life than
have her caught and killed.
Alley Cat Allies promotes life-saving programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return, in which outdoor cats
are humanely trapped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted
into homes, and healthy adult feral cats are returned to their outdoor homes.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is www.alleycat.org.