WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Cats who ordinarily live in the shadows will be spotlighted during the week of Oct. 13-20 as the Washington Humane Society expands National Feral Cat Day (Oct. 16) to an entire week. Feral cats, often misunderstood and unwanted, will be a topic of awareness and education for those who may not realize their needs.
WHS will be reminding residents in the District and surrounding areas about the Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program(CatNiPP), and assisting them in finding ways to help the cats living in their communities.
CatNipp helps to manage the presence of cats in the neighborhoods, keeping them healthy and ensuring that they don't create more generations of sadly unwanted kittens. CatNipp works through the TNR method: trap, neuter, return. The National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center of WHS provides free sterilization and vaccination programs for DC cats.
The feral cats are humanely trapped and then, after they've recovered from their procedures, the cats are returned to where they were found, if it's in a safe area. The neutered cats are 'ear-tipped,' so those who see them know they have been 'fixed,' and won't be trapped again for surgery.
During Feral Cat Week, WHS will be promoting awareness about the community cats, the CatNiPP program, and the needs of volunteers who work with feral cats, through events, food donations, and social media. Roller derby fans will spot the WHS booth at the next DC Rollergirls bout on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the DC Armory (Go DC Demoncats!).
On Sunday, Oct. 14, the National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center will hold a cat clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CatNiPP supporters are encouraged to donate food this week at the WHS's New York Avenue or Georgia Avenue adoption centers. or to food donation bins that will be placed at several local businesses and pet retail stores including Big Bad Woof (Takoma Park and Hyattsville, Md.), Annie's Hardware (Petworth), and Sticky Fingers Bakery (Columbia Heights). Metro Mutts will also be taking monetary donations for CatNiPP.
For more information about CatNiPP and how to get involved or to make a reservation for the Sunday cat clinic, contact the National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center at 202-608-1356, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the WHS website.
Be sure to follow @wash_humane this week for the "Ear Tip of the Day." Learn all about Feral Cat Week events at www.facebook.com/WashHumane.