Help Celebrate National #FeralCatDay On October 16 With Jackson Galaxy
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, and Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy is helping spread the word via a new PSA.
The theme for this year’s Day is TNR: Trap-Neuter-Return, a new way of dealing with feral cats that is reaching the mainstream. To date, there are more than 450 cities and counties across the US with official ordinances endorsing TNR and more than 600 non-profit rescues practicing it.
Alley Cat Allies is a non-profit national advocate for feral cats and the brains behind National Feral Cat Day. This year marks the event’s 14th anniversary, and Galaxy, host of My Cat from Hell, couldn’t be prouder to lend a hand.
“Whether you call them family cats, house cats, feral cats, community cats, alley cats… it doesn’t matter,” says Galaxy in the PSA. “They are our cats, our community cats, and they deserve our love and our protection.”
The PSA drives home the salient message that outdoor cats deserve the same respect and love that we give to our indoor cats.
Alley Cat was the first non-profit to advocate for Trap-Neuter-Return policies in 1990. Even as the practice becomes increasingly common, there are still shelters that don’t participate. Becky Robinson, president and founder of the charity says, “If your local shelter isn’t doing TNR they are behind the times, and you should ask them to adopt the program. It saves lives and tax dollars.”
To raise both awareness and funding for the kitties, Alley Cat Allies is encouraging people who want to support the cause to hold fundraising events on October 16. Supporters are also encouraged to share and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag
A quick search of the site’s event database shows what look to be hundreds of events spread throughout North America and Europe. You can search for an event to attend in your local area, or create one of your own. You’ve got one week until Feral Cat Day kicks off, so there’s still time!
Click here to see a listing of events in your area and to learn more about Feral Cat Day.
You can also check out the video below to see Jackson Galaxy’s PSA.
Christina Peden is a lifelong animal lover and avid wordsmith. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Ryan where they are proud pet parents to puppy, Matilda and cat, Oscar. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying Toronto, Canada's all-too-short patio season, taking advantage of the city's numerous parks or curled up with a good book.
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