FCVC supports giving cats a home, but sometimes cats living in your neighborhood don’t want to live inside, but outside. Misinformation abounds and we bring you this article from Alley Cat Allies (and a short video):
October 16, 2020, is a day for which an international movement will mobilize to save cats and kittens from being killed at a time when many longstanding threats to their lives have the potential to race forward.
Global Cat Day
Alley Cat Allies organization notes that taking this day for awareness in 2020 –
“reminds us that even as attention has been dominated by the global pandemic, we still need to be fighting against forces that could undo the years of progress we’ve made to increase the protection of cats and kittens,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Too often, our disconnect from society during the pandemic is allowing dangerous animal control and shelter policies to advance unchecked in our communities. Global Cat Day is a reminder that the international movement to protect cats can never stop, even when so much of the world does.”
The year 2020 has brought enormous financial hardship on many families and as a result, some have been forced to relinquish beloved animals, which is increasing impoundments in local shelters. This year has also seen many veterinary clinics operating at reduced capacity or not at all due to the pandemic, which has meant less cat sterilization from spay and neuter surgeries. Robinson said these developments will impact cats for years to come.
“Just as with the rest of society, many of the wheels of change have slowed or stopped in the world of animal care. Take this day to commit to do everything we can to make sure cats get the care they need during the pandemic, and to rebuild the capacity of care including Trap-Neuter-Return and other important programs as soon as possible.”
“On Global Cat Day, take the pledge on GlobalCatDay.org,” Robinson continued. “With this pledge, we declare that all cats have the right to live their lives, that humane and nonlethal programs are the best approach for cat populations, and that action is required so that no more cats’ lives are lost.”
You can stop the killing by helping us reach 100,000 signatures.
The first step in making change is joining together, as one voice, to advocate for the lives of all cats. Together, we will affect change. City officials across the nation need to hear the resounding voice of Americans who are against cats being needlessly put to death. Sign the Pledge here.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the leader of a global movement to protect cats and kittens. Now in our 30th anniversary year, we are joined by over half a million supporters worldwide.
Alley Cat Allies believes every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest. We exposed an entrenched system in which animal control agencies and shelters have been killing millions of cats for over a century. Today, the programs we introduced in the United States are mainstream.
To achieve our goals, we collaborate with grassroots advocates, animal shelters, municipal managers, and lawmakers to replace deadly laws and policies with ones that protect cats. We defend all cats by offering cutting edge education online, in person, and through one-on-one dialogue. We advance lifesaving innovations such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR), high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter, microchipping, anti-declawing legislation, and any program that best serves the interests of cats, especially on Global Cat Day.
Learn More Facts
Misinformation kills millions of cats each year. Many animal shelters are not the salvation we might hope and imagine they are. While some are implementing new humane and non-lethal policies, others continue with outdated practices that harm cats. Many leaders in animal protection, with the support of elected officials, are forging a new path and demanding change. Here’s what you need to know:
Some cats live inside. Millions of cats are happy to share our homes, whether they were adopted from a shelter, followed us home and decided to stay, or for some other reason. But indoor-only cats are a relatively new phenomenon. It was only with the invention of Kitty Litter in 1947 that cats were able to live indoors exclusively.
Some cats live outside. They live and thrive with their feline families. For thousands of years, cats and people have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship. Cats are incredibly self-sufficient, living near and around our towns and settlements.
People want non-lethal programs for cats. These include low-cost spay and neuter programs, Trap-Neuter-Return programs, foster and adoption services, kitten nurseries, and more Keep animals out of shelters and in homes—whether indoors or outdoors.
The more you know, the more you can help cats.
It’s up to all of us to get involved and advocate for our communities to change for the better. Around the world, people like you are taking charge and doing their part to challenge the status quo. This #GlobalCatDay, explore and share the stories of the unsung heroes of cats.
Learn more about Alley Cat Allies at alleycat.org.
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Attribution – Alley Cat Allies