This National Feral Cat Day®, we’re on a mission to help animal shelters advance their policies and programs to save more cats. To accomplish this goal, we’ve ramped up our National Feral Cat Day® Challenge Awards Program and are specifically targeting shelters for the NFCD Challenge 2013.

In previous years, we’ve offered nonprofit organizations awards of $500 and $1,000, but this year, we will award five shelters with $5,000 each! We’ve increased the award money because we want to help shelters implement sustainable initiatives that will save cats’ lives now—and well into the future. To help them adopt lifesaving policies, we’re also offering support and guidance from Alley Cat Allies.

To qualify for this year’s NFCD Challenge Awards Program, shelters must commit to an official Feral Cat Protection Policy, which means that they stop impounding feral cats, and support Trap-Neuter-Return.

Ask your local shelter to apply for a National Feral Cat Day® Challenge Award! Applications are due on Friday, Sept. 20.

Find out more at http://www.NationalFeralCatDay.org/Awards/