Please remember the people that work tirelessly to PREVENT the births of unwanted litters of cats around the country.
Consider donating to a rescue group that does TNR services -- this is one of the best ways to bring the feral cat population down and prevent abuse and the needless killing of animals.
A message from Alley Cat Allies:
"National Feral Cat Day (NFCD) is your opportunity to help protect and improve the lives of cats around the county!
We know how much you care about cats and want to help protect them. Now you can celebrate NFCD by reaching out to others with the message that feral cats are healthy and happy outdoors and that Trap-Neuter-Return improves cats' lives. Get involved and show your support for stray and feral cats by distributing educational materials or hosting local events like workshops, fundraisers, or special neuter clinic days."
In New York City, the NYC Feral Cat Initiative is celebrating their work and the work of others dedicated to TNR and changing the harsh stereotypes of feral and homeless cats.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Feral For Life in Brooklyn:
Washington Commons, 748 Washington Ave. (between Park Place and Sterling Place).
More Info: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Feral for Life web site: http://www.feralforlife.com/2009/10/national-feral-cat-day.html.
Shelter Building Workshop & Demonstration
1:00–2:30 pm – Pick-Up Pre-Built Shelters
South Ozone Park, Queens (address will be sent upon RSVP)
In honor of National Feral Cat Day and New York Week for the Animals, come and learn how to build a winter shelter for feral cats! You can observe a demonstration for free, or you can pay a discounted fee of $60 to participate in the workshop. The fee covers all necessary provided materials. We'll walk you through the construction process (and do all the drilling), and you can take your new shelter home that day. If you'd prefer, you can instead order a discounted pre-built shelter for $60 ($10 off regular price) and pick it up that day. If you are not able to transport your shelter home, we can arrange to have it delivered for free (for a limited number of people).
Sponsors: NYC Feral Cat Initiative, ASPCA
More Info: Contact the NYC Feral Cat Initiative at events@NYCFeralCat.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
October 17 & 18, 2009
10:00 am–5:00 pm
This year's Adopt-A-Cat will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in tandem with the AKC/CFA's Meet the Breeds event. Adopt-A-Cat is one of the major events in New York City during the first annual New York Week for the Animals. Don Loprieno, author of The Stony Point Whisker Club, will be signing copies of his book on both days and donating a portion of his book sales to the Mayor's Alliance.
More Info: Contact the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals at (212) 252-2350 or info@AnimalAllianceNYC.org, or visit http://www.animalalliancenyc.org.
Seminars and courses on TNR and managing feral cat colonies continue year-round. Check here for details.
And just out this week: Crazy Cat Ladies, an interesting and informative article by Kiri Blakely, a reporter for Forbes and ForbesWoman, and also long-time volunteer with KittyKind.
If you are blessed enough to have a cat, dog, or other companion animal in your family, give them some extra love this weekend and please spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering. Animals are not property to be discarded or garbage to be kicked aside, but until there are no more homeless animals roaming our streets, the voiceless innocent animals are at risk of injury, abuse, and death. We are obligated to care and to do something, because we, humans, are the ones who have contributed most to creating and perpetuating this problem.
Loving animals is good for the soul... Love an animal today and help educate others on how to help animals and combat overpopulation.