National Feral Cat Day October 16

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Oct 16, 2012 5 Comments ›› Hugh

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.


  1. Sandra says:

    I am so happy that you are looking out for your feral cousins. I know there are a lot of cats out there that need help. Homeless cats aren’t just a problem in HRM; they are problem here where I live on the South Shore. I know one lady who is feeding over 30 cats at her farm and it is great that she is there for them. I don’t know if any of those cats are being spayed/neutered.

    61/2 years ago a stray cat showed up in my yard. He had a badly infected eye and wouldn’t let a person get within 15 feet of him. I tried to live trap him, but he was too wary and streetwise to be caught and all I managed to trap was a racoon. I had been told by the SPCA, from whom I got the live trap, that feral cats were not adoptable and they wouldn’t be able to take him. I was determined to give this cat a better life and it took a year and a half, but I did manage to tame him. When I finally got him to a vet, it was discovered that he was FIV positive (feline AIDS). I did some research and decided to keep this cat nonetheless. I have had Smokey for 5 years and he has been happy, very affectionate and quite healthy until recently. The vet estimated his age at 12 when we first adopted him. So, he has lived a full life. Ten months ago he developed lymphoma, but he even made a remarkable recovery from that. Now he has developed breathing difficulties and I will probably have to have him euthanized soon :'(

    But, I love all cats and I am so happy to know that others are trying to look out for those that are homeless. And, Smokey is happy about that too. He’s been there; he knows what it’s like.

  2. Cathy Morash says:

    I am honoured to be a member of PACS
    and to work closely with such a great group
    of supporters, many of whom I call my
    very dear friends <3 Pierre has done a
    phenomenal job with the dockyard cats
    as well as helping so many others. You
    are one of a kind Catman, thank you
    for everything you do for the cats <3

  3. Lisa Carroll says:

    Hi Stan! Just wanted to thank you for bringing such an important issue to the forefront of this election. All of us at Halifax Cat Rescue Society want you to know we have been following your progress and support you 100%! Keep up the great work!

  4. The peeps who help the ferals are my heros. Every single one of them. purrs

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