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National Feral Cat Day, Oct 16

National Feral Cat Day was launched by Alley Cats 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. Every year, people in communities across the country hold hundreds of events on National Feral Cat Day to draw attention to the cause and make a difference in the lives of cats.  Did you know that there are estimated to be 50 million feral and stray cats nationwide?  To celebrate the day, and the effort, Alley Cat Allies has a variety of ways to learn and particiapte in helping feral cats.  They are offering a webinar, feature an interactive national showcase of celebration events, provide hand outs and information, offer discounts on trapping equipment and much more.  Check out their website to find all the fun ways to help feral cats in your community by clicking HERE .

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering 100 full scholarships to their online course Trap-Neuter-Return: How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony from Humane Society University.  Participants will become certified feral cat caretakers with the New York City Feral Cat Initiative and qualify for free and low-cost spay/neuter services, equipment, hands-on assistance, and additional advanced training for trap-neuter-return projects.

And here on Nantucket we can support Cattrap Nantucket.  You may remember a blog I posted earlier which detailed their efforts on island.  As the winter months approach, it's especially important to support their efforts to keep the cats safe and disease free.  You can donate to Cattrap directly though PayPal or contact them for more information on volunteering by sending an email to: [email protected]

What else can we do to help feral cats in communities across America?  Please post your suggestions below, right MEOW!

(Photo Credit: www.secondchancefund.org)