International Cat Day was started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to bring awareness to the issues facing cats. In many places, including NYC, stray cats are in abundance. It is estimated that there are 500,000 homeless cats in NYC. These cats are often struggling to find food. The majority of kittens are born outside and many do not survive.
A handful of cat rescuers have dedicated their lives to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to help reduce the population and provide some care for the cats out there. Are there stray cats in your neighborhood? Get involved by taking a TNR certification class through Neighborhood Cats. Check out their upcoming classes here: https://www.neighborhoodcats.org/tnr-in-nyc/workshops
You can also take an online course through the ASPCA here: