Many of us want to make a difference in our community and society but often don’t know what exactly to do. The same thing goes for those of us who are animal lovers, specifically cat lovers. With National Cat Feral Day coming up on October 16, it is the perfect time to give back to our kitty community. One great way to help out our furry feline friends is a simple task and would make such a big difference: help out the feral cats in the community by practicing the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method, maybe even hosting an event in support of feral community cats and spreading the news about TNR.
If you aren’t familiar with Trap-Neuter-Return, it’s pretty self explanatory: you trap a community cat, have them neutered and then return them. It’s a humane approach to managing as well as caring for feral cats and is the only effective way to stabilize feral cat colonies. As it is, in many cities in the United States, feral cats are caught and brought over to pounds and shelters where they end up being killed. It’s a very sad statistic that 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed, with 100% of feral cats being killed there. This is why it is so important to celebrate National Feral Cat Day (as well as every day) to help out these communities of cats.
There are a number of ways you can get involved with National Feral Cat Day, including having a shelter-building event, holding a TNR workshop providing more information about it to others, as well as going around the neighborhood, passing out brochures about National Feral Cat Day. There are so many ways to get involved, either by joining an event or even hosting an event of your own! To find out more information on the day and how you can get involved, you can go to the National Feral Cat Day website. This year’s theme is “TNR: From the Alley… to Main Street.”
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