Feral Cat Day is celebrated every year on October 16th to remind us of our love of the furry-little devils, and how every stray cat has within them a loving cuddle-able furball looking for a forever home.
In August of 2001, Alley Cat Allies celebrated its 10th anniversary and launched the first annual Feral Cat Day to promote raising awareness about feral cat colonies and how to care for and prevent them. Alley Cat Allies is a strong supporter of the 'Trap-Neuter-Return' policy, where stray cats are captured and brought in to local volunteer veterinarians to be neutered and returned to the streets. This allows the cats to live out their lives on the streets, without creating more kittens to perpetuate the problem.
Feral Cat Day is best celebrated by alerting people of the various issues facing stray cats.
One of these issues is the cold winter months. For feral cats, this time of year is no winter wonderland. Winter temperatures stress outdoor pets and take a toll on homeless animals. These cats need our help, especially during the cold season.