This day was founded in 2005 "to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us."
With two rescues of my own - Kenzie and Nyx - I can definitely attest to unconditional love and companionship. I adopted them almost 6 and a half years ago from a local rescue group called Barlees Angels. What's cool is their kitten photos are still on Barlees' website in the adopted section. Check out the kitteny cuteness of Kenzie (formerly known as Bianca) and Nyx (formerly known as Roxy).
I'm glad i'm able to give two cats a safe and loving home. Sadly, that's not the case for all too many cats. Yesterday the Guelph Mercury reported that "the Guelph Humane Society is constantly near capacity, often housing sick and/or injured animals, a reflection of poor pet ownership practices and overpopulation" and that this week, National and local animal welfare agencies are meeting in Guelph to "take a hard look at the endemic cat overpopulation problem." Refer to Cat overpopulation being tackled by think-tank in Guelph for more detail.
"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." - Colleen Paige, founder of National Cat DayIf you have space in your heart and your home, please consider adopting a homeless cat from the Guelph Humane Society or other local rescue group.