Happy National Feral Cat Day® !
How to celebrate? Spay.. Neuter.. Adopt…
Wikipedia – A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild, or the descendants of such an animal. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats have never been socialized. The offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild. In many parts of the world, feral cats are the offspring of unaltered domestic cats.
Education is a key part in helping the com-meow-nity become a better place. One huge reason that lots of the world’s problems aren’t solved is that many people are unaware that some things are even an issue if it doesn’t personally impact them. One of these issues is the treatment of cats around the world, and the lack of care there is for feral cats especially. Luckily, there are organizations out there like the Alley Cat Allies, – Founder of National Feral Cat Day®.
The inspiration behind Animal Fair’s premiere pet lifestyle expert’s life is once a feral cat. A thoughtful, and loving old gentleman of a cat named Pasha, and Wendy Diamond’s crazy life would never have been the same without him. Pasha Diamond was slumming it in the New York City Animal Care and Control Center, the city’s only government funded animal shelter, before he met his soon-to-be mother, Wendy Diamond. Wendy was appalled by the condition of the shelter and it broke her heart learning that 12 million animals were being euthanized annually after spending time in facilities like the one in which she found Pasha. Though Pasha was certainly no longer a kitten, Wendy could not resist his docile temperament, penetrating gaze, and endless supply of purrs and nuzzles. Drawing from her heart and kindling her compassion for the underdog (or undercat in this case) Wendy adopted this gorgeous Russian Blue in what truly could be called a feline Cinderella –er fella- story.
One of the most helpful programs that has been introduced by Alley Cat Allies is the Trap-Neuter-Return method. A huge issue for cats on the streets is over-breeding. Too many stray kittens on the streets means that rescue shelters become overpopulated, and when shelters don’t have enough room, they are forced to resort to euthanasia.
By spaying and neutering cats that would otherwise have kittens that would also grow up on the streets, Alley Cat Allies is ensuring that more cats that are already in need can be placed in a loving home.
Please join Alley Cat Allies to be a cool cat!