National Feral Cat Day nears

National Feral Cat Day nears

The annual National Feral Cat Day will be observed Oct. 16.

Cat welfare groups are gearing up for this year's annual National Feral Cat Day, which will be observed on Oct. 16 to promote the trap-neuter-return (TNR) of outdoor, unadoptable cats.

Alley Cat Allies, the national cat-advocacy organization, has unveiled a website that allows groups to publicize TNR activities and related events. The site also includes a toolkit for changing feral cat policies at local animal shelters, many of which traditionally practice what is known as trap and kill.

An awards program will support five shelters that agree to support TNR and stop impounding feral cats. Applications are due Sept. 20. Shelters chosen to participate will receive $5,000 in seed money and guidance from Alley Cat Allies staff.

“When shelters stop impounding feral cats, cat intake decreases, community buy-in increases, and lives are protected,” Alley Cat Allies said. “Instead of impounding feral cats, also known as community cats, shelters can re-route them to TNR programs where they are neutered and returned to their colony.”

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