(posted now and dreadfully behind the times because this is a learning process, as much as the creation is -B! :>O<: )
It's November now, but before we move on to the new, in this case all the awesome happening around NaNoWriMo, I'd like to take a moment and share some thoughts of the old.
The old campaign.
The old year.
Take your pick.
It's been a year of growth for us, a year of change and experimentation, as we've worked to find out what works and what doesn't, where we need to keep experimenting and where we've got it down.
A year of trusting that we've found our Path and that it's okay.
Along with that, and purr-haps the most important, we've learned that it's okay to state our opinions. That it's okay to take a stand and share that stance with the world.
No, it will not make us universally popular, but finally, we are willing to have that be okay too.
Which leads back to the old campaign part of things.
Alley Cat Allies reports that this year's 'National Feral Cat Day' was the most successful yet, with over 800 events and many cats helped.
Despite the deliberate mis-information put out by P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the one sour note in an otherwise lovely hashtag, ferals CAN have good lives, at least on a par with other wild animals. (Sea kittens, a.k.a. fish? Yes. Real kittens? Apparently, not so much. But I digress. Google it if you'd like to read the hypocrisy first-hand – I refuse to give it the Google-juice of a link, tho' sadly, it's all true. Can't make stuff like this up.)
While it is true that Blackie was, and is, an exceedingly lucky feline and not all ferals have his happily ever after, his is not the only story with a happy ending.
Many ferals are vaccinated as part of their T.N.R. (Trap, Neuter, Release) experience, so are no more prone to spreading disease than any other wild animal.
Feral cat colonies can, and do, live happy, healthy lives alongside humans, causing far less disruption to the local landscape than their human counterparts.
So in the course of your hollyday giving this year, please consider adding Alley Cat Allies to your list.
Blackie send you a purr of thanks and a friendly ankle rub for your kind consideration of his fellow felines.
Chirp, chirp! :-)