Feral Cats Ireland

The Annual National Feral Cat Awareness Week Ireland ran for seven years from 2010 - 2016.  The aim of the week was to highlight the plight of abandoned, stray, lost & feral cats in communities and promote trap/neuter/return (TNR) as a humane effective solution to stop their uncontrolled breeding.

This website contains all the information you need to educate yourself on the best way to help these cats, who find themselves hungry and homeless through no fault of their own.  Many have been dumped by owners no longer willing or able to care for them.  Others have been left behind when their owners moved house or passed away.  Some are lost.  Many will have reverted to a wild state in order to survive.  Their offspring will be wild as they will not have had interaction with humans. All are trying to survive as best they can. 

Many of us feed them when they show up in our gardens or workplaces. But feeding is not enough, we must think ahead and trap/neuter/return (TNR) to prevent more cats from being born and the numbers increasing.  Too many cats in an area can cause problems, particularly neighbourhood disharmony, so it’s vital their breeding is stopped and their numbers contained as soon as possible. 

Regardless of how wild a cat is, humane traps are available to trap them for transportation to a vet where they are spayed/neutered, treated for parasites and after a recovery period returned back to their location to continue to live and be fed by caring individuals. 

Contact your local rescue or Vet for help and more information.

        National Feral Cat Awareness Week

This was run in 2013!  We think it’s a lovely idea!  Wear a cat collar on your wrist to show your love, compassion and support for cats.  Please share on facebook and twitter.  And send a pic with your name and location for our gallery. For the cats!  Thank you.

There are a further 3 educational leaflets available (see below), also free of charge, to anyone for use in their local community.   E-mail the leaflet name(s), quantity needed and the address to send them to.  Thank you for your support.  

2015 Campaign

The focus of the 2015 campaign for National Feral Cat Awareness Week is: ‘If you feed....don’t let them breed!’  Posters (see below) and flyers are available free of charge to anyone who would like to help raise awareness in their community on this issue.  E-mail your name and address, poster/flyer preference and quantity and I will mail some out to you.   Suggested places to leave them are Vets, Boarding and Grooming facilities, Pet Shops, Libraries, Farmers Co-ops, Community Centres, Credit Unions.  Flyers could be given to Resident’s Associations, handed out at Agricultural Shows, Horse & Pony Shows or put one in the window of your car or go door to door in your neighbourhood.