National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 16

More than 70 percent of all cats who enter pounds and shelters are killed there. That number jumps to virtually 100 percent for feral cats.

National Feral Cat Day is all about bringing attention to the unnecessary killing of cats in animal control pounds and shelters, the leading documented cause of death for cats in the United States.

Feral cats are the same species as pet cats, but they live outdoors and can’t be socialized to people. Most animal shelters across the United
States kill virtually all feral cat who come through their doors because they can’t be adopted. We’re honoring National Feral Cat Day by urging shelters and pounds to adopt a new approach to feral cats that saves lives and improves communities.”

Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective method of care that improves their lives. Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for feral and stray cats and the foremost authority on Trap-Neuter-Return launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001.

Through Trap-Neuter-Return, outdoor cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. While under anesthesia, the cats are eartipped — a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification. After they recover from the sterilization surgery, they are returned to their outdoor home.

The benefit of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is that the cycle is stopped, the population of feral cats controlled and stopped from growing to proportions that would be unsustainable, unhealthy and a possible nuisance.  The cat’s health is improved through the attention from a vet, and vaccinations.  Shelters no longer have to expend resources on feral cats as they take care of themselves, and thus are able to better care for socialized and pet cats.  But the biggest benefit is that thousands upon thousands of feral cats don’t die unnecessarily!

“We are calling for a revolutionary change in shelter practice and policy,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “We already know we have the support of hundreds of thousands of citizens and groups nationwide. National Feral Cat Day is our collective call-to-action for this movement.”

Hundreds of local governments nationwide now have ordinances endorsing Trap-Neuter-Return which is rapidly becoming the predominant approach to feral cats, because in addition to being humane, it works.  But in many communities and shelters, feral cats continue to be killed.

“More cats are killed in our nation’s animal control pounds and shelters than die from any other documented cause,” said Robinson.  “This National Feral Cat Day, we’re challenging cat lovers to partner with their local shelters to launch Trap-Neuter-Return efforts and other programs that will save cats’ lives. ”

More than 70 percent of all cats who enter pounds and shelters are killed there. That number jumps to virtually 100 percent for feral cats. A national survey conducted for Alley Cat Allies by Harris Interactive found that an overwhelming number—81 percent—of Americans prefer to let outdoor cats live out their lives than have themcaught and killed.

For more information about National Feral Cat Day, see


If anyone is interested in fostering neonatal or underage kittens, there are a couple upcoming webinars presented by Feline Outreach, Rescue, and Education (and hosted by Alley Cat Allies) that would probably be of great interest to you! Check out past recordings and register for upcoming webinars here:


How To Build A Cozy Winter Shelter For Feral Cats

By Chloe Bryan   Feb. 01, 2016

When a blizzard is rolling in, it’s hard not to worry about the feral cats in your neighborhood. What can they do to stay safe? Where can they seek shelter?

While tempting, it’s not always safe to welcome feral cats into your home. Since most feral cats have never been inside before, they may become stressed upon suddenly being confined to a house. There’s also the possibility they may carry parasites.

So what’s a cat lover to do?

Kayla Christiano, a campaign manager at Alley Cat Allies, told The Dodo that building an outdoor shelter can help keep community cats comfortable in very cold temperatures or during heavy precipitation.

“A good shelter is at least 2'x3’ and at least 18” high,“ she said, cautioning that "anything larger can cause heat to disperse quickly.” A plastic storage tote, for example, would serve as a good base structure.

A video tutorial by Cole and Marmalade takes a similar approach.

If you’re making a tote-and-Styrofoam shelter, you’ll first want to cut a hole in the side of the tote around five or six inches in diameter.

Christiano says entryways should be no larger larger than six to eight inches — any bigger, and other animals may find their way inside.

Next, add straw (not hay), which will stay fairly dry during hard precipitation. Christiano recommended straw for similar reasons: “[It] resists the wet and keeps a shelter warm, and is the best choice for insulation and bedding.”

Christiano cautioned against using blankets, towels or carpeting for bedding, as they retain moisture (and no one likes a damp bed).

Finally, replace the Styrofoam lid … and the tote lid. Make sure both are sealed securely!

Not bad, huh?

Because feral cats tend to group together for warmth, Christiano advised building “colonies” with more than one shelter available. Ideally, she said, the colonies should fit three to five cats each.

Of course, there are many more shelters you can make at home. Find the best one for your area’s weather conditions here.

For more information on how to help community cats stay safe, warm and healthy during severe storms, visit the Alley Cat Allies website.

If you’re cold, they’re cold.

You can help buy building one or multiple outdoor cat shelters for your feral friends! Even an incredibly basic structure with the right insulation can make a huge difference.


The Humane Society of the United States - How to Care for Outdoor Cats in the Winter
Alley Cat Allies - Build An Inexpensive Cat Shelter
Alley Cat Allies - Winter Weather Tips
Neighborhood Cats - Feral Cat Winter Shelter

Also - I’ve seen a very sad number of cats with severe burns from seeking shelter and warmth in various parts of a car. Please check under the hood and around tires; make some noise to startle and shoo away potential residents.

National Feral Cat Day® is October 16, 2014!

As I’m sure many of my followers know, I am a big cat person and I am also heavily involved in volunteering in my community to help decrease the number of animals going into kill shelters or “the pound” everyday. Feral cats are at high risk when brought to shelters, please share and spread awareness!

National Feral Cat Day was started by Alley Cat Allies on their 10th anniversary in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them. More and more people celebrate National Feral Cat Day® each year. Since 2011, more than 1,000 National Feral Cat Day events have taken place—spreading the word and helping feral cats all over the country—and even outside of the U.S. with international events! Reblog and spread the word!

Feral Cat Facts

  • Feral cats have lived alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. They are the same species as pet cats. Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, live in groups called colonies and can thrive in every landscape. They are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and are therefore unadoptable.
  • Trap-Neuter-Return—a humane approach to managing and caring for feral cats—is the only effective method of stabilizing feral cat colonies. In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR for feral cats has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR.
  • However, in the majority of cities, feral cats are still caught and brought to animal pounds and shelters where they are killed. The shelter system is the number one cause of death for cats in the United States. About 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there, including virtually 100% of feral cats. That’s why it’s so important for people to use National Feral Cat Day®, and every day, to help build more compassionate communities for cats.

About Alley Cat Allies

  • Alley Cat Allies was founded in 1990. The organization is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
  • Alley Cat Allies is the only national organization dedicated to the protection of cats. They currently have more than 500,000 supporters nationwide in the movement to protect and improve cats’ lives.

Rawwwrrrr…. where do you think you’re goin’, buddy? Did you really think I was going to let you walk right by me? You obviously have no understanding of cats, do you? Let me spell it out for you: What we want, we get. I wanted my new best friends at Alley Cat Allies here in Washington DC to rescue me, and they did. I wanted them to help me find a new home, and they are. And now I want YOU to adopt me. Here, I’ll make it easy for you – click here, and ask for “Skylar”!

A 76-year-old man in Gainesville, Texas was put in jail for feeding and caring for cats. Too many communities have punitive laws that hurt cats, caregivers, and the community. Show your support for the compassionate work of community cat caregivers and sign our pledge:

Texas: If it’s not attacking women’s reproductive rights or blocking presidential immigration policies and targeting the immigrant community, it’s using cruel laws to jail a compassionate 76-year-old!

The kitty in the pic looks so much like my Mr. Gris! Please sing the pledge, ya’ll!

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Save the cheerleader, save the world?

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Save the cheerleader, save the world.

You remember the line from the successful hit television series Heroes, the show with Claire, the superpowered cheerleader.  If she could be saved from Sylar, she could change the world.

But you don’t need superpowers to change the world.

Several charities are out there in need of your help.  You can change the world one dollar at a time.  And it can even…

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I’ve posted this photo on here before (it’s one of Cora, one of my cats, climbing an orange tree in my yard). But I wanted to post it again because I just got word that it is probably going to be published in the 2013 Alley Cat Allies calendar. :D Which is really cool, as they (Alley Cat Allies) do good work, helping propagate useful information about ethically caring for feral cats in one’s community. And it seemed appropriate given that Cora was born into a feral colony (the calendar photos didn’t need to be of feral cats specifically, though). Anyway I just thought that was neat. And it’s a situation where even though I can’t exactly ask Cora in English for a photo release, I strongly suspect she would approve, given she looks like a total bad-ass acrobat-cat in that picture.


Meet Captain Meow McMuffin, a stray cat who wandered into our backyard. She seemed drunk, disoriented and in pain. She was also very dirty. We cleaned her up, gave her food and a warm bed. But we found out that she had an ear infection– the cause of her disorientation and pain. She cannot even walk straight.

She has gone through many battles. Teeth missing, claws dirty, and coat infested with fleas. We bought her to the vet and gave her some antibiotics and pain meds. But we cannot afford to fully treat her infection. We only have enough to pay for temporary pain relief.

She is very sweet and friendly. We hope to play with Captain Meow once she feels better. Please help Captain Meow defeat the evil ear infection.