You already know I am a big supporter of feral cats — I won a Pettie award for my post last year about National Feral Cat Day. This year I am having a commenthon to benefit one of my local groups that works hard for feral and stray cats, but first I want to tell you a little bit about National Feral Cat Day and its origins.
This is the tenth anniversary of National Feral Cat Day — it was created in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, on their tenth anniversary to raise awareness about feral cats and promote TNR — Trap, Neuter and Return, which is the most effective way to control feral cat populations. All over the U.S. and even in some cities in Canada, there are events being held today to promote awareness about feral cats, spay-neuter clinics, walk/runs and more!
Feral cats need our help more than ever because there are some humans out there who want to blame certain declining songbird populations on feral cats, when it is really due far more to habitat destruction by… guess who? Humans! If you are a cat and you have ever hunted, you know that your preferred meals are rodents and other ground-dwelling creatures — they are way easier to catch! We need a large force out there teaching smaller groups how to educate humans about feral cats, to teach about TNR and caring for feral cat colonies, and to help advocate in city and state governments for the protection of feral cats and their caretakers. That is why Alley Cat Allies is so important, and so needed. My human donates to them every year during the holidays.
Since she is already giving money to Alley Cat Allies, my human wanted to do a commenthon today for a local group that helps ferals and strays in our area called Stray Cat Alliance. They work very hard for Los Angeles County ferals and their caretakers. They advocate for ferals and educate southern California humans about these kitties. They help loads of humans TNR and care for their colonies. In the video below, one of their members briefly discusses how to Trap, Neuter and Return a cat.
For every comment this post receives today until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, my human will donate 50 cents to Stray Cat Alliance, up to $100 total! We love this organization and we want to see them continuing to help the strays and ferals of Los Angeles for a long time to come!