Global Cat Day® 2020, a day of action in which we rally individuals and organizations to stand up for cats, reached budding advocates all over the map this year! People who care about cats and kittens accomplished incredible things on October 16, from defeating dangerous laws to spreading the word about how we can help cats in our communities.
We’d like to share with you just some of the day’s greatest posts and tales of advocacy, awareness, and love. We hope they inspire you to continue speaking out for cats—and to keep up the momentum of our global movement to save their lives. Together, we can build a world where all cats are valued and protected.
A Feeding Ban Defeated
On Global Cat Day, Alley Cat Allies Feral Friends Network® member Mid-Cities Community Cats helped stop a cat feeding ban proposal from moving forward in Hurst, Texas. Our president and founder Becky Robinson was in contact with advocates at Mid-Cities Community Cats regarding the measure, and we’re thrilled by this lifesaving victory for Hurst’s cats!
The purpose of Global Cat Day is to inspire effective advocacy for cats in all of our communities. This story is a powerful example of what that means.
5,000 Pounds of Love
Teaming up with pet food company Weruva, Cat Man Chris, guardian of famous felines Cole & Marmalade (@ColeTheBlackCat), distributed 5,000 pounds of cat food to community cat caregivers in his area on October 16. That’s a lot of meals! It was all in honor of Global Cat Day and National Feral Cat Day, another day of advocacy created by Alley Cat Allies.
A Journey Home—All Expenses Paid
From Global Cat Day through October 18, this generous cat advocate covered all adoption fees for adult cats at a Nevada animal shelter!
Batman would like to wish everyone a Happy #GlobalCatDay! You can help celebrate by adopting one of his friends for FREE this weekend at @animalfndlv. I’m covering all the adoptions fees for cats 6 months+ today thru Sunday.
So spread the word: my goal is to clear the shelters! pic.twitter.com/1hMYCkuuGr
— Asif Siddiq (@asifallbusiness) October 16, 2020
A Few of Our Favorite Posts
From adorable photos to educational tweets, Global Cat Day inspired people to share the cats who’ve made a difference in their lives and raise awareness of the principles in the Global Cat Day pledge. Here are just some of the highlights:
Actress Kate Walsh posted in honor of Global Cat Day—and it was featured in a story at People.com,
Heard from a lil’ birdie it was #GlobalCatDay and I’ll take any excuse to share some photos of this handsome devil 😻 All cats deserve the chance to live but some simply aren’t given that opportunity. pic.twitter.com/919wlteYvS
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) October 17, 2020
Have you ever seen a cat miss a tip of its ear? It’s done to indicate that a community or feral cat has been spayed or neutered. By using trap, neuter and return methods, these cats can continue to roam freely, without contributing to an unwanted population.
Happy #globalcatday! pic.twitter.com/UEbGm2hguu
— Animal Planet (@AnimalPlanet) October 16, 2020
— TrekMovie.com (@TrekMovie) October 16, 2020
Global Cat Day in the News
News outlets all over the country honored Global Cat Day and asked viewers and readers to join in to help cats in their communities. Here is just a sampling of Global Cat Day news coverage:
Phoenix New Times rounded up some of the city’s best cat art
Bay News 9 in Florida spread the word about Global Cat Day
San Antonio Express-News shared an urgent call to support a local community cat organization
WMDT in Maryland called on readers to help local shelter cats
Wilmington News Journal in Ohio explained the importance of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
October 16 was packed with incredible advocacy, but Global Cat Day is about protecting cats far beyond just one day. If you’re ready to take your compassionate action to the next level, we have ideas to help you get started.
On behalf of the millions of cats and kittens who need our voice right now, we at Alley Cat Allies thank you for celebrating Global Cat Day with us. Now let’s save more lives together!