Today is the day we honour my feral cousins and the people who look after them. Unlike me, feral cats are not socialized to humans so they don’t make good pets. They do poorly if taken to shelters. They prefer to live outdoors. I go outside in my fenced enclosure on nice days but I prefer the comfort of my indoor home when the weather turns bad.
To learn more about feral cats check out Alley Cat Allies, a wonderful group of humans who are dedicated to improving the lives of cats.
The best way to help feral cats is by operating a Trap-Neuter-Return and Care program (TNR-C). That’s where cats are trapped so they can be neutered (I’m neutered and proud of it). Once they are neutered they are returned to their home and provided with food and shelter so they can live out their lives in peace.
Halifax’s best known TNR-C success story is called the Dockyard Cats. A Canadian Navy sailor named Pierre Filiatreault saw some starving cats living at the dockyard many years ago and decided to help them. That experience eventually led to the formation of Pierre’s Alley Cats Society (PACS) and the offocial title of “Catman”. You can show your support for PACS by purchasing a calendar – available at many local pet stores and veterinary hospitals. For specific locations you can contact them directly.
PACS cats have been a big supporter of my campaign for mayor as you can see from the photos below. This blog post is dedicated to them.