Alley Cat Rescue (ACR) will be hosting its Fifth Annual Feral Cat Spay Day to encourage the veterinary community and the public to decrease shelter euthanasia rates by practicing trap-neuter-return (TNR).

So far over 700 veterinary clinics from 45 states joined ACR in the fight to prevent cat homelessness. Together, over 5,100 community cats have been spayed or neutered. And thanks to our compassionate friends in South Africa and Canada, FCSD has become an international campaign!  Anyone interested in helping community cats, please join us on this very important day!!

TNR is the humane management of community cats, where cats are caught in humane traps, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned to the site. Friendly kittens and cats who can be socialized are placed into adoption programs to find homes (an immediate reduction in outdoor cat populations) while those who are truly wild are returned to their outdoor homes. A feral cat is simply a domestic cat who was born outside and has never lived with humans, or a lost or abandoned cat and went without human contact. Cats easily revert back to living on instincts and become less dependent on humans for survival. Feral simply means "wild" or "untamed." 

Alley Cat Rescue President, Louise Holton, is once again encouraging the veterinary community to participate on this important day by offering at least two free (or low-cost) surgeries for feral cats. In hard economic times countless people naively think a cat can "fend for himself," so they put him on the streets or drop him off in the country. Holton says, "The key to our success in getting the populations down lies within the veterinary community.  TNR stops the breeding cycle more efficiently than catch-and-kill. In catch-and-kill, other strays will enter the vacated territory and start breeding all over again."

"Cat rescue organizations cannot tackle this problem alone; we need the support of the veterinary com¬munity. By establishing long-term relationships between vets and rescuers, together we can help each town's stray cat population." ACR wants to make it clear, this day is not only meant to help reduce feral cat numbers and assist colony caretakers, but to also help the veterinary community showcase their compas¬sion for animals.

For more information on Free Feral Cat Spay Day and how you can get involved, please visit www.saveacat.org