On October 16th Best Friends and ACCT Philly will be celebrating National Feral Cat Day by building shelters and we need your help! These shelters are easy to make and go a long way for cats living outdoors. Last year, we had 50-75 people come out to help—this year our goal is 100!

What is a feral cat?

Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, are the same species as pet cats, live in groups called colonies, and can thrive in every landscape.

How do we care for community cats?

Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane and effective approach to caring for community cats and stabilizing the cat population. From 2003 to 2013 the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR programs. Unfortunately, in many cities cats are still caught and brought to animal shelters and pounds, where most are killed. In fact, the shelter system is the number one documented cause of death for cats in the United States. About 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there, and that number rises to virtually 100% for feral cats. (Source: Alley Cat Allies, nationalferalcatday.org)

How can YOU help cats in the community?

Join ACCT on October 16th!  You’ll build shelters for feral and non-feral cats living in our communities: a simple way to provide them with a means of survival in the colder months!

Help your cat community by coming out this National Feral Cat Day.


Do you want to help make the winter shelters but you’re not able to come build with us? You can still help by donating essential supplies needed to create the shelters; purchase the much needed items from our wishlist or drop off the donated items directly to the shelter. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and will immediately be put to use!