National Feral Cat Day: Is This A Parking Meter Holiday?

October 16 is Alley Cat Allies National Feral Cat Day!

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You can celebrate by caring for stray/feral cats where you live...If you're in the Chicago (or really anywhere) a great resource is Tree House Humane Society Feral Friends Program. And Alley Cat Allies is a superb resource as well, as the nation's leading advocate for feral cats, and Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR).

Here's a story I wrote about TNR, featuring Chicago's own Tree House Humane Society and Alley Cat Allies.

This is TNR 101: Feral cats have been around for centuries and the old technique, complaint driven, of animal control (when called) to come out to trap and kill simply doesn't work. It never has worked. And most people in the community don't like the option.

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National Feral Cat Day - Is this a parking meter holiday in Chicago? Da Mayor doesn't like that question

TNR is a pretty simple premise really. Trap the cats humanely. Nearly always this means a colony of cats, so it can take a bit of time. Have the cats spay/neutered and vaccinated for rabies. Now, they can no longer reproduce and by being vaccinated for rabies, this lessens a public health risk. In some communities (including Chicago) the cats are mircrochipped. If there are any very ill cats, they are humanely euthanized. Little kittens go to a shelter to be adopted. Those returned to the colony are identified with ear notches so any new colony members are noted.

Sadly, people sometimes dump unwanted cats in the colonies, or dump cats period - and that's where the problem begins.


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  • We need Double Time = Danger pay+Holiday

  • my neighbor let unaltered Cats Run!. If I alter and release ...

  • To you mpsky and anyone else who does TNR - you've got props from me!! Wonderful!

  • Many cats have at one time belongs to someone. They become feral when try begin to reproduce & offspring are brought up with zero to little human interaction (feral). However as someone just posted, there is still a problem of neighbors cars roaming and breeding. They can destroy your gardens, go in to your garages-cars, and also upset your own cats (if u have indoor kitties). Alley Cats does have some good information on how to deter these cats from entering and destroying your property. Having a neighborhood stray visit, can be become bothersome not only for the home owner, but other pets as well. Having them spayed/neutered can help a great deal with the kitties sticking closer to home. If you know the neighbor perhaps you an offer to help defray the cost of altering the kitty. You can also check your local laws on cats roaming & see if you can TNR the cat(s) yourself without legal ramifications. Personally, I don't care about who's cat(s) they are if they are in someone elses yard, I help by having them altered and returning them! Most TRN programs will also let you pay a small fee to worm them, get them distemper vaccines, ad even have flea proventiom applied. After all who wants their child to be playing outside and gets worms from someones cat?!

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