National Feral Cat Day 2009

October 16th is National Feral Cat Day, a day designed to bring attention to the needs of stray and feral cats.  We hope that you will use today as a good reason to do a little something extra to help the outdoor cats in your community.  Maybe it’s time to prepare that winter shelter you’ve been meaning to make for the stray cats you’ve been seeing in your neighborhood, or write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of TNR.  Could you use today as an excuse to finally start volunteering at your favorite humane organization like you’ve been thinking about doing?  Will today be the day you decide to spay or neuter the cats living in your neighborhood?  However you can help, whatever your talents and abilities are, there are homeless cats who need you.  Please use today, National Feral Cat Day, as your launching point to start helping cats in your town.

Perhaps it’s fitting today that we also announce that here at Illinois Valley Cat Taxi, we have just neutered cat number 500!  Five Hundred Cats from our local communities have been spayed or neutered in just over one year.  Wow.  We are truly humbled by the support the community has shown for stray, feral, and barn cats.  We are constantly impressed by the sheer number of people who contact us wanting help for cats in their care, we are overjoyed that there is so much compassion and sympathy for these wonderful creatures.

On National Feral Cat Day, we would like to thank every single caregiver who has brought cats in to us to be spayed or neutered, all our wonderful volunteers who drive cats to the clinic or feed managed colonies, donate food and supplies, distribute literature, trap cats, build shelters, and advocate for our community cats.  We thank you, and the cats thank you.  Happy National Feral Cat Day.

“Always hold firmly to the thought that each one of us can do something to bring some portion of misery to an end.” – Anonymous