The ASPCA’s (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Adopt a Cat Month is celebrated and takes places during the month of June, every year. June isn’t chosen by coincidence. This is the time of the year when the kitten season has the highest peak and millions of kittens around the world come into this world. Unfortunately, the majority of them end up in rescue shelters or the streets.
Each year the population of cats increases and there are more and more cats in need of a loving home. The Adopt a Cat Month is here so that people can be reminded about the vulnerable beings in the shelters wanting to be rescued and welcomed home.
Most animal shelters and rescue organizations during the month of June reduce or even waive the adoption fee for their cuties, especially for the senior ones.
Here are some tips on how to celebrate this Adopt a Cat Month:
- The first and most obvious thing to do is adopting a furry fellow, or two. Every person has different desires of how they imagine their new cat – shorthaired and black, fluffy and ginger, quiet or reckless. There is a big chance to find your most preferable type in your local shelter.
- Let’s face it, volunteering never gets out of style. Shelters and other animal organizations are in constant need of volunteers to keep up with their daily duties.
- Make a small or a generous donation. If you are able to spare a few dollars and donate them to the needs of your local shelter this is the month when they need them the most. Every cent counts. Most animal shelters even accept everyday items like disinfectants, towels, water and food bowls and food, so donating doesn’t necessarily mean giving actual money.
- If you already have a cat at home, it’s time to spay or neuter. There is always a chance for an intact cat to escape and mate, subsequently contributing to the overload of new kittens on yearly basis.
If you already decided that you want to adopt a cat, then few good tips will come in handy. Know that a proper care for an animal is expensive so it’s good to count the costs before you start with the adoption and make sure everyone in your home is prepared for the new furball. Just the basic expenses include a microchip, vaccines, water and food bowls, litter box and cat food. Some shelters and rescue organizations spay and neuter the cats themselves, but when that’s not the case take the cost of the surgical procedure into account.
Introduce the new family members to your friends and family slowly and make it as stress-free as possible for the animal. Cats adapt to new environments rather slowly so take your time with them. It’s advisable to put all the kitty items in one single room until the cat gets familiar with every other part of the home. Cat-proof your house and store all dangerous food and items out of reach. Once the cat arrives at home make a veterinary appointment to get all the information about vaccination and preventative protocols. Enjoy every second you spend with your new best friend and spread the good word about adoption!
Happy ASPCA’s Adopt a Cat Month!