October 16 is Global Cat Day. Formerly known as National Feral Cat Day, the founding organization Alley Cat Allies (https://www.alleycat.org/) established the day in 2001 to promote awareness for saving community cat lives, preventing their harm and encouraging nonlethal neutering of cats before returning them to their chosen freedom. (See https://www.alleycat.org/global-cat-day-is-october-16-take-the-pledge-to-fight-cruelty/)
The picture above is the cat that adopted us one day and accepted food, water and a safe place to sleep in our barn on cold nights. We followed the TNR (Trap – Neuter – Return) protocol with our veterinarian. Otherwise, Buddy would travel the countryside as he pleased.
Today’s haiku is dedicated to Buddy: Global Cat Day
one day you arrived
we enjoyed your company
until you moved on
We’re not sure what happened to Buddy, but we know for a short while we were graced with his presence.
For more information on how you can help feral cats, check out https://www.alleycat.org/about/frequently-asked-questions-faq/