Global Cat Day occurs on the 16th of October every year. But what exactly is this day honoring? Well, Global Cat Day was founded in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies to raise awareness of how feral cats live and the abuse they can suffer at the hands of humans. So, let’s take a closer look at this day and how you can get involved.
The History of Global Cat Day
In 2001, National Feral Cat Day was founded by Alley Cat Allies to raise awareness of the problems that feral cats face on the streets and to promote neuter and release programs and the good they do. Eventually, in 2017, this day became Global Cat Day, and while the name changed, its purpose stayed the same.
Global Cat Day honors all cats that curl up in our laps after a long day at work and those without forever homes to keep them safe. It’s estimated there are around 60 to 100 million homeless cats in the U.S. today 1. Problems arise within stray populations, such as overbreeding, and environments become unsafe and unhealthy. These unhygienic conditions then spread disease to livestock, humans, and wildlife.
Global Cat Day focuses on helping cats and raising awareness of the cruelty cats face from humans, such as Mr. Meow, who was shot by a neighbor in an act of senseless cruelty.
How You Can Get Involved in Global Cat Day
There are many ways you can not only observe this day but also help. Some gestures can be big, others small, but they will raise awareness for vulnerable cats that need you the most.
1. Learn About How to Protect Cats
The first step to help is to educate yourself on the problems cats face worldwide. Alley Cat Allies are trying to help in many ways, and one of them is advocating for non-lethal neutering to lower stray cat numbers.
2. Spay or Neuter Your Cat
The most obvious way to support lowering stray cat numbers is to spay or neuter your own pet. If it’s something you’re interested in, speak to your veterinarian.
3. Volunteer or Adopt
If you’ve been contemplating adopting a cat, this is the perfect time to do it! Plenty of cats out there need loving forever homes, and yours might be the one they’re waiting on. Of course, bringing a new pet into your family is a big step.
If you want to show your support in a different way, you can volunteer at your local shelter. Feeding and snuggling cats and cleaning their cages improves a cat’s life, and compassionate people willing to give up their time for free are precisely what keeps a shelter running.
4. Raise Money
You could raise money with a bake sale or go all out and have a party! Make cats the theme, have people dress up with cat ears, and decorate cookies or cakes with cat noses and whiskers. Let your guests know all about Alley Cat Allies and the work they’re doing. Donations could even go somewhere local; neutering can cost around $20 at local shelters, and anything you raise will go a long way.
5. Sign the Pledge
Sign the Alley Cat Allies’ pledge. This pledge demands that animal cruelty should always be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It’s a promise you make to educate others about the link between violence against animals and violence against people, and, lastly, to always speak for cats as they can’t speak for themselves. The more signatures they get, the more powerful that voice will be.
Global Cat Day falls on October 16th, and it focuses on improving the health of stray cats and highlighting the cruelty they can suffer at the hands of humans. You can support Alley Cat Allies by donating your time and money, educating yourself and those around you, and signing the Alley Cat Allie’s pledge. Whatever you can do, every action makes a big difference to vulnerable cats that need you.