National Feral Cat Day Oct. 16

Events are scheduled across the country to raise awareness and discuss humane ways to reduce the feral cat population.

Posted: October 16 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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Oct. 16 is National Feral Cat Day.
Attention will be focused on the welfare of feral kittens and cats on Oct 16.
From Arizona to West Virginia, dozens of organizations throughout the country will celebrate National Feral Cat Day on Oct. 16 with free altering, vaccination clinics and information about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs in an effort to draw attention to the welfare of feral cats.

Alley Cat Allies designated Oct. 16 as National Feral Cat Day. The nonprofit advocates feral feline control by using the TNR method rather than capturing the cats and turning them into animal control where they may face euthanasia. The TNR method encourages rescue groups and community members to capture cats so they can be altered and then released back into the outdoors.

When feral cats are spayed or neutered, their ears are “tipped,” or snipped at the top so they can be easily identified as altered animals.

Feral cats are not socialized to humans because they’ve lived their entire lives — or the majority of their lives — outdoors, which makes it difficult to socialize them and adopt them into permanent indoor homes, according to the organization.

For a complete list of nationwide events, click here.

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Kristen    Cassville, NY

10/16/2007 4:33:10 PM

that is amazing! that was cute

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

10/16/2007 10:45:53 AM

I am all for TNR rather than euthanasia. Every cat deserves a fair chance. By the way, it is difficult to adopt a feral cat, but not impossible, because I've done it with success.

Nikki    Chicago, IL

10/16/2007 4:12:26 AM

I like it! They get to continue the wild-free-cat ways they are used to living.

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