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Eight years ago, pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige thought about her years of experience as an animal rescuer, a shelter worker and a paramedic, and she realized that cats desperately needed her help.
Having created the highly successful National Dog Day, she decided that cats needed a day of their own. Thus, National Cat Day was born.
National Cat Day is an occasion for cat lovers to celebrate the cats in their lives, to advocate for rescue and adoption, and perhaps even adopt a new kitty of their own.
“But JaneA,” you may say, “National Cat Day is awesome and I want to help spread the word — but when is it?”
Well, guess what? National Cat Day is today, Oct. 29, 2013!
If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, today’s the day. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide. If you can’t adopt, share the information or just go hang out and play with the shelter kitties for a while. Write about why you love your cats. Share cute pictures. Fill out a volunteer application at a local shelter.
As Colleen Paige herself said, “As humans, we need love. Period. In every heart there is an empty space. In every shelter, there is love, just waiting to fill it.”
For more information, visit the National Cat Day website.
And now I’ll leave you with this video of dancing cats. I’m sure they’re all celebrating their wonderful happy homes.
About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, professional cat sitter, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.