Happy National Feral Cat Day!

Each year on October 16, we celebrate National Feral Cat Day. The day was started in 2001 by our friends at Alley Cat Allies as a way to raise awareness about community cats. While every day is feral cat day at Best Friends, we’re excited about this day each year because it’s an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of trap/neuter/return (TNR), the only humane option for stabilizing and reducing the outdoor cat population.

This year’s National Feral Cat Day is a particularly special one for us, because we are proud to launch the Community Cat Programs Toolkit. The toolkit is an instructional guide based on our community cat program work over the past several years. The programs are comprehensive, targeted spay/neuter model programs and the associated toolkit is 23 chapters long, which is perhaps a sign of just how thorough the programs are.

We know from experience after running these programs in cities across the country that when implemented correctly, they save thousands of lives. If you are interested in how your community can deploy a community cat program, take a look at this toolkit today.

Also as part of our celebration, I have written a piece for the Huffington Post that extols the virtues of TNR, and highlights our successful programs across the country. I hope that you’ll take the time to click here and check it out. Please consider sharing the post on all your social media pages.

I know you are already a strong voice for community cats every day, but let’s band together and make sure that the whole world knows that trap-and-kill doesn’t work, but that TNR does, and that cats deserve better.

Together, we will Save Them All.

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Cat No-Kill 2025

Julie Castle


Best Friends Animal Society