National Feral Cat Day was started by Alley Cat Allies back in 2001 as a way to share information and educate people about feral cats and to promote TNR…Trap-Neuter-Return.
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and humanely treating feral cats. Their mission is to end the killing of feral cats and lead the movement for their humane care.
Y’know, I was kind of a feral kitty…though Ernie and the orange stripey cat think I still am. I spent the first 9 months of my life as an outside kitty, living around a big building that I later found out was the Big Guy’s business. He calls it a garden center. I’m one of the lucky kitties because I got trapped…though I didn’t like that very much…spayed and brought here to live on the island. That was almost 8 years ago.
But being an outside kitty doesn’t mean you’re unlucky. Not if there are humans around that do TNR and take care of you by providing food and shelter.
As most of you know, the Big Guy now has a couple of feral cats…Chip and Slim…living at the garden center, though they don’t act very feral anymore. Chip and Slim are our TNR success story. They showed up one day about a year and a half ago and the Big Guy decided to let them stay. He and the Lady with the Yellow Hair trapped them, got them neutered and then released them back outside.
Chip and Slim have access to an unheated back room at the garden center that’s filled with bales of straw and some heated blankets. These two have quite the life…even though they live mostly outside.
This is Chip lounging in the back room…and Slim playing in the bales of straw.
Some days you gotta look hard to find Chip. Now how did he get way up there?!?
Chip and Slim are good buddies…they love giving each other headbutts. And they’re more friendly towards people, too. They like to crawl in the Big Guy’s lap and insist on pets and scritches. Chip and Slim may not have the purrfect life, but they’re well taken care of and are loved…even though they’re outside cats.
Jeez…if I had known how much fun it would be living at the garden center, I woulda asked to stay there!