October 16 is National Feral Cat Day. This day was launched in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, a national advocate for feral and stray cats and the foremost authority on Trap-Neuter-Return, to bring attention to the unnecessary killing of cats in shelters.

Feral cats are the same species as our beloved pet cats – except they have much harder lives. They live outdoors, and most can’t be socialized to tolerate and live with humans. Most animal shelters across the United States kill virtually all feral cat who come through their doors, because they either can’t be adopted, or because working with them to try to make them adoptable takes too much time and effort. 

On Oct. 16, hundreds of groups will come together at events nationwide to raise awareness about feral cats. Find out how you can participate in Feral Cat Day in your community by visiting

To show your support of feral cats, and cats everywhere, Alley Cat Allies has designed their Advocate t-shirts. They come in a whole rainbow of colors. We’re giving away two of the green shirts pictured below to two lucky winners. Winner gets to choose size.


Enter to win an Advocate T-shirt

To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win a t-shirt. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared. No need to post the link to your share. This giveaway is only open to readers in the United States, and ends Thursday, October 10. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

For more information about the t-shirts, and to purchase in other colors, visit Alley Cat Allies Cafe Press shop. For more information about Alley Cat Allies, please visit their website.

For even more information, watch Jackson Galaxy proudly sporting one of the Advocate t-shirts in a PSA he just recorded for Alley Cat Allies:


*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

62 Comments on Giveaway: National Feral Cat Day T-shirt from Alley Cat Allies

  1. I had a first hand experience with a feral cat colony that really touched my heart. Involved in the TNR project I stopped by the colony one day to become familiar with the cats. One of them looked very sick and he allowed me to catch him. At the vet it was discovered that Ty (every cat deserves a name) had a fatal disease. I gave Ty a home in our heated garage with a lot of love, blankets, pillows and toys before the hard decision to put him to sleep was made. I agonized over it but I just culdn’t watch him suffer…at least he didn’t pass away alone and cold.

    It made me realize just how important TNR (and vaccinations) truly are. Ty will remain with me furever. I advoCATe and believe in this cause!

  2. I would like to win this t-shirt because I am an advoCATe! In the past three years in my complex I have rescued two litters of feral kittens. After socializing, then spaying and neutering them I was successful in finding them all loving homes. Of course I kept two of them ❤️In August their mother was my first T-N-R! (One of my proudest moments) She is doing wonderful living outdoors as a healthy spayed feral. I am currently trying to trap another feral. Because of my relentless efforts with these cats, my neighbors and maintenance workers have nicknamed me the “cat whisperer” I will continue to rescue, T-N-R, feed and provide outdoor shelter for all my ferals as long as I live. So I will always be as advoCATe! I shared this on twitter.

  3. I’ve been rescuing homeless/abandoned and feral cats for most of my life and would be proud to wear this shirt since I am always trying to find a home for one of my rescues and also love to talk about how wonderful cats are to anyone who will listen!

  4. I have been catasticly involved in rehabilitating, caring for & finding homes for all animals in need especially cats for about 17 years. Since I was a child I’ve had a very special automatic bond with cats whether domestic or feral. Therefore, I’ve been going to college to get my Bachelors to fulfill my destiny as a Veterinary Technician. My long term goal is to save money from this career in order to own an animal refuge. There, I will use my years of career skills to care for the animals there are no room for in shelters etc… I am enjoying the whole process of the experience & know I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. 🙂

  5. I would love to wear one of these t-shirts to our adoptions days on Saturday. They are interesting and fun and might even spark a great discussion on behalf of ferals and TNRing. Thanks!

  6. I’d love to win a shirt. I’ve been working with feral colonies since 1994. In fact out of the three colonies I managed only one cat remains. He may just be joining my household this winter. All of my cats are either “retired ferals” or products of ferals. And I’ve shown many cats that were originally feral. Yes, they can adapt to a domestic lifestyle even as adults.

  7. I’d love to wear it while asking our state’s largest shelter why they aren’t actively advocating TNR. Shame.

  8. All fur babies need love and care even if they can’t live inside but they do still need us to help them. This shirt would be very proudly worn in honor of feral kitties if I were to win it.

  9. I have done cat rescue all my life (64yrs!!) and I carry cat food in my vehicles to feed any strays I come across! Shared on Facebook. =^..^=

  10. I would love win one of these shirts and proudly wear it to advocate for and bring attention to such a wonderful & worthy cause!

  11. I have adopted three special needs cats, one who was a stray. I have even safely captured feral cats and paid to have them fixed and released, one was actually so sweet she was adopted! Great message and I am behind it 100%! Thank you for the great work you do…

  12. On Oct. 15, 2013, our TNR group Heart of Texas Feral Friends, will be accepting a proclamation from the City stating October 16 as National Feral Cat Day in Waco, Tx! We are working our way to No Kill!

  13. I would love to win an Alley Cat Allies AdvoCAT Tshirt! I would wear it proudly representing a purrfect cause. Thk u =^..^=

  14. I’m the proud mommy to Edie Kidie the formerly feral cat (complete w/ Tortitude)! I’ve shared about her in the past on Conscious Cat. I adopted her from a rescue shelter & by and large is the sweetest cat I’ve ever known…and vocal.
    I think she had a rough life as a feral so she acts more appreciative than my other furry kids that act entitled to things. All she wants is food, water & a place to safely sleep (typically on my chest/head/face).
    Winning this t-shirt will help spread the word about ferals & the need for action. This shirt will spread the word that ferals need help, need love, and need advocates like us.

  15. I’d love to win this shirt so that I could spread the word about feral cats. I have several “rescue” t-shirts and they get a lot of attention. Which leads to questions from people. Then I am able to be that example that I need to be for helping animals. It’s my mission!!

  16. I’ve been caring for a feral cat colony for nearly ten years, so I’d be honored to win one of these shirts to wear on my daily trips to feed/water/schmoodle my ” babies.”

  17. I would love to win a shirt to give to my mother. I have named her house a stop on the “Underground Catroad.” Strays and ferals seem drawn to her, she rehabs and finds them homes…sometimes in her own home. Right now she has three cats who are happy to never go outdoors again!

  18. I would love to win a shirt to wear so people can read it. A great way to advertise. I am a volunteer in my area for people to call when they have questions about ferals around their house. I have a couple cats around my house that i see every once in a while. I am not sure if they are feral. They aren’t around enough.

  19. Alley Cat Allies is awesome! I recently started caring for the strays around my neighborhood. So far I have done TNR on 7 cats. They have a lot of helpful tips and advice on their website for taking care of ferals/strays.

  20. I’ve been actively supporting outdoor cats in my neighborhood for about a year now, and would be honored to have a t-shirt celebrating Feral Cat Day!

  21. During my tour of Sri Lanka in 2012 i had purchased a red coloured “T-Shirt’ with “ALLEY CAT ALLIES” written on the front side and bold lettered ” FERAL TASK FORCE” along with the E-mail adress :-on the back-side :-
    Later on arriving home in Mumbai(Bombay) i tried the site “www.ALLEYCAT.ORG” but found the site non-existent. Today after reading this article i checked again and have found their site and hence proud to be the owner of a authentic “Alley Cat Allies” T-shirt. I own two traditional Persian cats named Matahari & matata .Reading about the sad “Euthanization(KILLING)” of cats at so called “CAT SHELTERS” in First World Country’s is distressing.

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