First launched by Alley Cat Allies in 2001 and marked on October 16 of every year, National Feral Cat Day is a day to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate people who care for them.
- Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, have lived alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. Feral cats, live in groups called colonies and can thrive in every landscape. They can be as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and in many cases, there are exceptions, not adoptable.
- 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 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.
- Estimates place the number of homeless cats in Toronto at between 20,000 and 100,000. source Toronto Humane Society
The Toronto Feral Cat TNR Coalition is a great resource for those wishing to know more about how to help Feral Cats. TFCC is “a coalition of municipal animal controls, humane organizations, rescue groups and concerned individuals, working collectively to improve the lives of feral cats through strategic TNR programs and to address the numbers of homeless and feral cats living on the streets.”
It is good to remember Feral Cats did not choose their life, they have been abandoned, neglected, left behind and left able to reproduce. They suffer from exposure to the harsh elements, disease, injuries, sickness and cruelty. TNR and management of cat colonies works to address these issues by providing community based compassionate support.
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