National Feral Cat Day
Feral Cat Day Fun Fair
As many of you know, October 16th was declared National Feral Cat Day by Alley Cat Allies. To quote from their latest post on their website “We started this day 11 years ago to raise awareness about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return.
Today, thousands of Americans are showing their compassion for cats at more than 345 events in communities from coast to coast! Thank you for making this the most successful National Feral Cat Day to date.
The amazing outpouring of enthusiasm, support, and compassion from around the country demonstrates loudly and clearly that Americans want humane treatment for cats. With your help, we far exceeded our goal of 250 events this year, making National Feral Cat Day 2011 the biggest in history.”
This year’s motto for National Feral Cat Day is “Compassion for Cats: Coast to Coast.” To do our part here in New Jersey, C.A.P.I.C. and Belle Mead Animal Hospital joined together to stage a Feral Cat Fun Day on Saturday, October 15th.
I volunteered to help with this event, and had a great time in the process from set up to finish. Kudos to Hope Valenti and Rhonda Baginski of C.A.P.I.C. and all the C.A.P.I.C. volunteers. Also a big thank you to Dr. Martins for his support and use of his property to stage the event.
Highlights of the day included:
Alley Cat from Rescue Ink. Did anyone see the Rescue Ink Unleashed reality series that premiered on September 25, 2009 on the National Geographic Channel? The series featured a Long Island-based animal welfare organization, called Rescue Ink. The group is made up of heavily tattooed motorcycle riders who work to combat animal cruelty and rescue animals in need.
There was plenty of food, games and prize drawings, including: Guess the Pumpkin Weight, Knock Down the Graveyard Tombstones, Guess the Number of Super Balls in the Jar, Frisbee Toss, Kerplunk!, Black Cat Ring Toss, Buzz, Mini Golf Putting Course, Story Time and Face Painting.
Vendors included Top Quality Pet Sitting and Reiki Paws. CAPIC displayed their own Jewelry for sale with all proceeds benefitting CAPIC.
It was great to the families turn out with their children to participate in the activities and become more aware of the Feral Cat TNR efforts at the same time. And dogs were welcome too!
Of course, there were several cats and kittens up for adoption. Here are some photos of those brought out on Feral Cat Fun Day, and more adoptable cats and kittens been seen on the CAPIC Cats website found on our Resources page.
I would love to hear back from anyone who also participated in our day, and others who hosted similar events around the state and country.
Looking forward to National Feral Cat Day 2012!
Susan, Taurus and Gemini
and thanks to Susan for doing this blog and volunteering.