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Event and Outreach Inspiration

http://nationalferalcatday.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/nfcdwhitecat1.jpgThere are many ways to save cats’ lives – on National Feral Cat Day® and year-round such as performing Trap-Neuter-Return, educating your neighbors, and advocating for community-wide ordinances for cats. These activities are the core of what makes National Feral Cat Day® so important, and we’ve got everything you need to help your event take off!

Read our event ideas by category:

Be sure to register your event in our interactive event listing—and get a T-shirt, two posters, materials to distribute at your event, and more!

Event hosts who register with our event listing receive Alley Cat Allies resources to help you advocate for change.

Register your event.

Promote your event and educate your community.

Our materials in English and Spanish will help you get the word out about your event and provide your attendees with educational resources to take home.

Get our advice and downloads.

Hands on Help

Launch a Trap-Neuter-Return effort.

If you’ve ever thought of doing TNR, now is the time to start. Maybe you can connect with your local shelter or rescue group and starting a Trap-Neuter-Return program!

Attend our TNR basics webinar, “How to Help Cats in Your Community.”

Learn more about how to Trap-Neuter-Return feral cats.

Start a spay/neuter clinic or expand a current one to include feral cats.

Make your NFCD event a kick-off to build relationships with veterinarians in your area and promote what could become a monthly clinic.

Find clinic tools.

Hold a shelter-building event.

Partner with a hardware store and host a workshop to teach community members how to build shelters for feral cats. Invite local feral cat caregivers, charge a materials fee, and hold demonstrations. Have instructors walk around and help. Give caregivers copies of the building instructions.

Use our shelter building instructions and find our dozens of shelter ideas.

Educate and Inform

Take part in local events—hand out educational materials or set up an information table.

Reaching out to others can be simple! Bring educational materials to upcoming public events like fairs or festivals or set up in public places like a grocery store or a mall. Bring a friend and educate your community about feral cats.

Order Alley Cat Allies brochures and truth cards.

Wear your NFCD gear.

Host a workshop in your community.

Educate others about the lives of outdoor cats, Trap-Neuter-Return, and services available at the local level, all while networking with others who care about cats.

See how it’s done at our Helping Community Cats webinar.

Learn how to run a Helping Community Cats workshop.

Schedule appointments with citizens who have concerns about outdoor cats. Help them and the cats by offering to install deterrents.

Build a volunteer team to respond to concerns about cats. Set up property assessment appointments, talk to each person about their concerns, and offer to provide the best deterrent to meet their needs. Some deterrents are very easy and affordable and can work wonders for building goodwill in the community: lemon peels, coffee grounds, chopsticks, rock beds, and car covers.

Find more about how to work within your community to create a more compassionate landscape for cats.

Assemble a volunteer “street team.”

Use information gathered from your clinic or TNR program to target neighborhoods or zip codes that may need your help. Go door to door and share information about your program and information about understanding feral cats.

Use Alley Cat Allies outreach materials.

Wear your NFCD gear.

Host a feral cat movie night.

Invite your neighbors over for an evening of feral cat fun—watch our videos, make cat-shaped cookies or “kitty litter cake,” have educational materials on hand, and jump-start a conversation about feral cats.

Get more party pointers.

Boost Your Community

Organize a food and supply drive for feral cats.

This may be the simplest, and most effective, way to offer assistance to community caregivers or colonies of cats. Grab some friends and research places where you can set up drives for cat food and other supplies—like pet or grocery stores. Be specific about your needs.

Hold a fundraising event.

Connect with local sponsors and hold a fundraising event for your local TNR program, for Alley Cat Allies, or both! Have a National Feral Cat Day® themed party or, if you own or work for a business, dedicate a portion of your proceeds to the cats that day. Challenge coworkers and friends to a friendly competition to raise the most money to assist in TNR and other cat-saving programs.

Get more fundraising ideas.

Create your own unique event.

Have your own ideas for how you can help the feral cats in your community?

Let us know your idea.

Do Something on Your Own

Share your local ordinance.

We’re tracking the progress of Trap-Neuter-Return ordinances in the United States. You can help! Add your local ordinance.

Join our Feral Friends Network.

If you have a skill or talent that can help cats, we want you! Our Feral Friends Network is a group of people across the country and around the world who are actively protecting and improving the lives of cats. Learn more and apply today.

Write a letter to the editor.

Write a letter for your local paper telling readers about National Feral Cat Day®, highlighting local programs, giving information about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return, or providing details about your local events.

View examples.

Hang posters or place advertisements.

Post our downloadable 2014 National Feral Cat Day® poster at your veterinarian’s office and in other high-traffic areas in your community.

Order full-size posters.

Place advertisements in local newspapers or publications using these samples: full page–8.5×11 [PDF].

Connect with your online community.

Join Alley Cat Allies online! Become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay connected and up-to-date on the latest news and information. Use #FeralCatDay to follow the conversation on Twitter.

Devote your status (on Facebook and Twitter) to Alley Cat Allies—let your friends know you are celebrating National Feral Cat Day® on October 16, and ask them to do the same.

Other online ideas:

  • Write about feral cats and NFCD on your blog.
  • Comment on articles or blogs about feral cats online to make sure a positive perspective is represented.
  • Add information about feral cats to your email signature and link to www.alleycat.org.
  • Hosting an event? Check out our Social Media Toolkit to help you promote your event online.

Ask your local official or school official to sign a National Feral Cat Day® Proclamation.

Make sure to let Alley Cat Allies know! Fax a copy to 240-482-1990, email nfcdevents@alleycat.org, or mail one to Alley Cat Allies, 7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814-2525.

View a sample here.

Talk to a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance about National Feral Cat Day® and feral cats.

Here are some talking points to get you started.