Today is National Feral Cat Day. When I first saw this on my calendar, I wondered what sort of festivites could possibly celebrate those rascals we see and hear in our yards, alleyways, and parks. After a little research, I found out that it's not one of those holidays that you celebrate, but it's a good day to educate yourself and observe.
Alley Cat Allies is a national organization that encourages education about and healthcare for the feral cats in our communities. They advocate health care and Trap-Neuter-Return for these alley cats, as well as basic protection. While there aren't currently any National Feral Cat Day events planned in Santa Fe or New Mexico, Alley Cat Allies offers lots of ideas for you and information for your veterinarian.
If just hearing the word feral makes you advocate catch-and-kill, please read this thoughtful piece from the Las Cruces Sun-News. As the adopted human of a formerly feral cat, I'm very thankful for the people and organizations in this community who've been working diligently to make sure that every animal has a shot at the good life. While not every feral cat morphs into the cuddly lap cat that Lemmy on the right has, they all deserve to be alive and healthy.