The 13th annual National Feral Cat Day® on Oct. 16 will shine a spotlight on the growing national movement toward embracing humane animal control and sheltering practices that protect the lives of community cats.
This year, Alley Cat Allies will mark the day by releasing “Architects of Change for Cats,” a blueprint for animal pounds, shelters and animal control agencies for implementing changes to end the practice of catching and killing community cats. The guide includes several examples of communities that have changed their practices and have since seen reduced animal shelter intake numbers, stabilized outdoor cat populations, widespread community support and other powerful metrics of success.
Since we launched National Feral Cat Day® in 2001, hundreds of local nonprofit organizations have been formed to educate communities about feral cat colonies and carry out TNR programs; and more than 300 cities have officially endorsed or embraced TNR.
Last year, more than 450 events were held in honor of National Feral Cat Day, and we expect even more this year. This is a day for people in communities large and small, all across the U.S., to raise their voices in support of positive change for cats!