Oct. 16 Is National Feral Cat Day

Alley Cat Allies celebrates 11th annual day to educate communities and protect cats.

By Anastasia Thrift | Posted: October, 14, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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National Feral Cat day was established to raise awareness of feral cats and the effectiveness of trap-neuter-return.
National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 16, was established by stray and feral cat advocates Alley Cat Allies to raise education and support for humane and effective policies that protect feral cats.
“Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate citizens who care for cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “On National Feral Cat Day and all year round, people all across the country work to draw attention to the cause and press their local leaders for humane policies for feral cats. This is truly a national movement.” 

Feral cats are not socialized to people and are less adoptable, so feral cats taken to animal shelters are almost always killed. Being killed in an animal shelter remains the leading documented cause of death for cats, Robinson said. TNR ends the breeding cycle and stabilizes the population, halting further deaths.
“There is much more work to do to educate our neighbors and leaders about the need to launch humane programs that really work for our communities,” she said.
Robinson noted that the United States is responding to this need. This year’s National Feral Cat Day will see 250 events in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including spay/neuter drives, community celebrations and workshops that educate neighbors about the best and most humane ways to help cats in the community.
For the first time, Alley Cat Allies also gave awards to a number of local nonprofits across the country for the most creative and innovative community programs, including five “National Feral Cat Day Superstars,” who were awarded $1,000 each for their unique life-saving programs.  
A full listing of national events, as well as more information about how people can get involved on National Feral Cat Day, is available here. Posters, T-shirts and other fun NFCD-themed items are also available.
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Bill & Lorraine    Manhattan, NY

11/9/2011 8:10:43 AM

We donate to this organization.

Anon    City, CA

10/16/2011 5:50:49 PM

I love Alley Cat Allies!

Lisa    Oak Creek, WI

10/16/2011 6:50:05 AM

We support the care of feral cats. Donating to Alley Cat Allies is one way. We do.

am    Portland, OR

10/15/2011 6:57:31 AM


?Following are just few of the circular going around in Midori-cho in Kameyama, Mie prefecture. ?

"Owners who are not keeping their pets properly and bothering neighbours are violating Article 7 of the Animal Welfare and Management Law. In such cases, you have no ownership rights of the animals if you are violating the law."

"If pet animals cause any harm to their neighbours, their owners must be obligated to compensate according to Article 718 Civil Code."

"Culling is the only way to eliminate nuisance by pet cat and feral cat."

"Please don't worry, it's not against The Animal Abuse Law. Let's clean up vermin legally!"

"It's best to use traps and take them to the pounds. It's also effective to put the poisonous bait on the grounds around your home. Anyway, no mercy is necessary to exterminate cats".

Please help with the following protest to the government agencies

Secretary department
Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, City Hall
Tel: +81 595 84 5022
FAX · +81 595 82 9685
Email: kouhouhisyo@city.kameyama.mie.jp

Mayor of Kameyama city
"Letter to the Mayor"
"Send an opinion"

Suzuka Health Center (pound)
Phone : 81 59 382 8674 (switchboard)
Fax : +81 59 382 7958
Email: zhoken@pref.mie.jp

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