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 cat shelters or on the streets.
Each year the population of cats increases, and there are more and more cats in need of a loving home. This is why Adopt a Cat Month is here so that people can be reminded about the cats for adoption in shelters, waiting to be rescued and welcomed to a forever home.
Most animal shelters and rescue organizations during the month of June reduce or even waive the adoption fee for their cuties, especially for senior cats. So if you’re in luck, you might find a cat shelter with “cat adoption specials.”
Celebrating 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 generous donation to a cat rescue organization. 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. Finding a cat shelter is as easy as typing “cat rescue near me” in Google and you’re ready to go.
- 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.
Meuw-Ly Adopted Cat Basics
If you are unsure about the adoption process, your local cat shelter can help you with all of the information, such as how much is it to adopt a cat and how long does it take to adopt a cat.
If you’ve already decided that you want to adopt a cat, the few good tips mentioned above will come in handy. Know that proper care for an animal is expensive, so it’s good to count the costs before you start with the adoption process and ensure everyone in your home is prepared for the new furball.
Just the basic expenses include a microchip, vaccines, water and food bowls, a litter box, kitty litter, 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 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!
If you want to celebrate more cat holidays you can learn more about National Cat Day from the article on our blog!
Happy Adopt a Cat Month!
Adopt a Cat Month provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and families to consider adding a furry companion to their lives. By adopting a cat, not only are you providing a loving home to a deserving animal, but you are also benefiting from the many physical and emotional health benefits that come with pet ownership.
Whether you adopt from a local shelter or rescue group or work with a reputable breeder, the decision to add a cat to your life is one that should not be taken lightly. By taking the time to research and prepare, you can ensure that both you and your new feline friend have a happy and healthy life together.
So why not consider adopting a cat this Adopt a Cat Month and enjoy the many rewards of pet ownership?
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