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Event and Outreach Inspiration

nfcdwhitecat1There are many “blueprints” for saving cats’ lives on NFCD and year round: performing Trap-Neuter-Return; educating your neighbors; advocating for community-wide ordinances. These events are the core of what makes NFCD so important, and we’ve got everything you need to help your event take off!

This year, we’re also asking you to take the National Feral Cat Day® Challenge: help transform your community’s animal shelter. We’ve got the tools to help you build a safe community for cats by advocating and partnering with your local shelter.

Read our event ideas by category:

Be sure to register your event in our interactive event listing—and get your Advocacy Toolkit!

Event hosts who register on our event listing receive an Advocacy Toolkit with Alley Cat Allies resources to help you advocate for change.
Register your event.

Apply for a National Feral Cat Day® Award!

If you’re a 501(c)(3) shelter, apply for an award for this year’s National Feral Cat Day Challenge
Learn more about the awards programApply by September 20.

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 right time to start. How about connecting with your local shelter or rescue group and starting a Trap-Neuter-Return program?
Attend our basics of TNR 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 this first 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 others how to build shelters for feral cats. Invite local feral cat caregivers, charge a materials fee, and hold demonstrations. Have instructors on hand to walk around and help. Give caregivers copies of the building instructions.
Use our shelter building instructions and find our dozens of other 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 any services available at the local level, 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 and 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 provide the best deterrent to meet their needs. Some deterrents are very easy and affordable: lemon peels, coffee grounds, chopsticks, rock beds, and car covers can work wonders for building goodwill in the community.
Find a sample assessment form and other solutions.

Assemble a volunteer “street team.”

Use research gathered from your clinic or TNR program to target neighborhoods or zip codes in need of outreach. Go door to door and share information about your program or 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 some educational materials on hand, and jumpstart 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, yet most effective, way to offer assistance to community caregivers or colonies of cats. Grab some friends and research places where you can set up drops 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

Write a letter to the editor.

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

Hang posters or place advertisements.

Post our downloadable 2013 National Feral Cat Day® poster at your veterinarian’s office and in other high traffic areas in your community.
Order more full-size posters.
Place advertisements in local newspapers or publications, using these samples: full page–8.5×11 [PDF] | half page–3.5×4.75 [PDF].

Connect with your online community.

Join Alley Cat Allies online! Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay connected and up-to-date on the latest news and information—and so we can stay connected with you. Use #NFCD2013 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 presented.
  • Add information about feral cats to your email signature and link to
  • Post our widgets or web banners to your website or social networking pages to get a conversation started.
  • 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 to, or mail one to Alley Cat Allies, 7920 Norfolk Avenue, 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.