October 16, 2013. What makes this day special? It's National Feral Cat Day 2013. Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org) does a wonderful job of helping make life better and safer for Feral Cats. Too much misunderstanding surrounds these cats. For years, volunteers have fed, watered, trapped, neutered and returned feral cats to their colonies where they can live out their lives in peace, no longer able to reproduce but quite capable of leading happy lives, allowing for as much or as little human interaction as they like.
These cats have been vilified by far too many people, including slanted alleged "studies" of the "harm" they do to birds and the environment. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth. They are living, breathing sentient beings who deserve to live out their lives in peace and, through attrition, the colonies of these cats die out of, hopefully, natural causes, not reproducing any more. Sometimes the kittens can be rescued and can be gentled to become loving indoor pets. Wherever they are they have a right to live out their lives in peace and relatively good health.
A number of events are scheduled around the country, more than 400 of them! You can find one near you by going online to:
There will also be an online Webinar at 7 p.m. EDT on the 16th. For the Helping Cats in Your Community Webinar point your browser to: http://www.alleycat.org/webinar
It's important for all of us to remember humane animal care. Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane treatment of Feral Cats. There is much to learn and much to be celebrated. I hope you'll help celebrate National Feral Cat Day 2013.