Happy Global Cat Day! The day is a call on communities around the world to implement humane programs for cats. This year’s theme is “Cats Are Community.” According to the Global Cat Day website, the themes “is a rallying call of this global truth: Cats have lived alongside people for thousands of years, have a place in our communities, and are beings of inherent value who deserve to be protected.” Today, let’s celebrate cats!
Meet the Global Cat Day Cats
Mikey is an Atlantic City Boardwalk cat. Mikey lives with his fellow community cats at the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey. The Boardwalk Cats there make their homes in secret spaces beneath the boardwalk. Mikey is a celebrity in the area, and while he appreciates his fans, he does keep boundaries with people. Mikey also reportedly has a girlfriend named Snickers.
Leo is from Instanbul, Turkey. Instanbul has a long love of cats that dates back to the Ottoman Empire, which held the domestic cat in high regard. The city has unique spaces for cats, including creative outdoor cat houses. Leo (pronounced “Leh-ou”), is an older and much-loved cat. He’s described as independent and feisty, and in his neighborhood, residents make space for him and respect his boundaries.
Nibus is from Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia. He’s a community cat who lives outdoors and spends his lazy days around his favorite barn. He’s 8-years-old and is named after the grey clouds that match his slate-colored fur. Nimbus is popular in the community and considered the ringleader among his best feline friends, Aladdin and King Arthur. He’s described as independent, outdoorsy, fearless, friendly, and feisty— a true West Virginian!
Why Global Cat Day?
Global Cat Day was launched in 2017 by Alley Cat Allies as a day when advocates around the globe to lead the charge to protect cats and kittens. What can you do to help? According to Alley Cat Allies, there are several ways to help. Here are some of their ideas to take action on Global Cat Day.