It's National Feral Cat Day which is a day meant to bring awareness to Trap-Neuter-Return and other humane programs for feral cats that are in the best interest of the cats and the community. As much as we wish all kitties had furever homes, there are cats that look look like us but they are afraid of humans so they live their lives outside in colonies.
We know in cities everywhere there are feral kitties and we understand that the instinct for some humans is to take feral cats to a shelter thinking it's a safer place for them than being out in the elements. What we know from Alley Cat Allies is that there would be virtually no chance of adoption and the cats would be killed. The reason being is that shelters handle adoptable cats and one that is afraid of humans certainly doesn't fit that criteria. Feral cats can live healthy lives in their colonies but they do not belong in animal shelters.
In addition to Alley Cat Allies, there are organizations across the country that perform Trap-Neuter-Return for feral and even domesticated cats for free or low cost. If you see a colony of feral cats or know of someone who has an unaltered cat, please help spread the word of these programs in your community.
If you'd like more information on how to help feral kitties, please check out Alley Cat Allies. Together we can educate others about the need for Trap-Neuter-Return programs to reduce the cat population and keep feral cats out of shelters.
Together we can make a difference and save lives!