Tuesday, October 16, 2012

oct. 16 - national feral cat day!

national feral cat day was started by feral outreach group alleycat allies over a decade ago with the goals of making feral cat management part of the community discussion and to reduce kill rates at the shelters in which they often end up.

changing public opinion on wild cats is important - these aren't bad cats, they are not homeless, they just happen to live outside, and, for the most part, do okay on their own.  human caregivers coordinate through local groups, like dane county friends of ferals, to provide food, health care and spay/neuter services to these kitties who would otherwise breed till the cows came home.

a no kill community has to have a plan for its feral cats that doesn't include a one-way ticket to animal control.  this is where T-N-R comes in.  catch 'em, snip 'em, release 'em.  humane management of wild colonies is key to the no kill equation.

want to help?  get involved or donate!  volunteer opportunities include everything from community outreach (lobby for cats!), transportation to/from shelters, foster care, and even feeding.  madcat accepts any and all donations:  food, towels, blankets, $$.

know of a feral cat in need of a snippin'?  friends of ferals is holding a spayathon this saturday, oct. 20th.