Good morning and Happy National Feral Cat Day! I love that there is a special day to celebrate feral cats because they are special! And often misunderstood. I bet many of you have homes with formerly feral cats living in them. If you do, leave a comment below and share your story!
According to the ASPCA, there are tens of millions of feral cats in the U.S. Feral cats are defined as kitties who are either born in the wild, or have been abandoned or lost and turned to wild ways to survive. Definitely not Pugsley or me. According to the staff, neither of us have “outdoor survival skills.” I think she might be surprised what we’re capable of but I don’t really want to have to prove it, if ya know what I mean.
Anyhoo, there are celebrations all over the country and you can see a list of them on Alley Cat Allies web site.
I also wanted to share with you an article that the staff wrote a few months ago that profiles some of the incredible folks who are out there, caring for ferals every day. It’s interesting how these normal, every day people begin caring for colonies and why they continue. As Steve Ferguson, a Baltimore longshoreman who cares for a colony puts it, “I believe we owe it to these guys to take care of them,” he says. “Hopefully someone will see what I am doing, and that will inspire them to be just a little more courteous to animals.”
Please take a minute to head on over Vetstreet and read the piece, The Many Faces of Feral Cat Caretakers. I hope you enjoy it as much as my staff enjoyed interviewing these guys and writing it!
P.S. Photo above is from the Vetstreet article. It’s of Steve Ferguson, courtesy of photographer Jason Putsche