June is Adopt-A-Cat month! If you are willing and able to give a kitten, cat, or senior kitty a loving home, please consider doing so. Also known as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month, the campaign was started by the American Humane Association to raise awareness of homeless felines during June, the peak of "kitten season".
Thousands of kittens are born during kitten season, which runs roughly from spring to late summer. A good percentage of them end up in shelters or feral colonies, both already overcrowded with adult and senior cats. Sadly, many healthy kittens and cats are euthanized due to lack of space.
Cats make great pets. They're more independent than dogs (we love both!), can amuse themselves when you're too busy to play, and are good cuddlers - when they want to be. Some cats are very social, others aloof - until you inspire them. And all cats, at one time or another, are silly, not to mention always lovable.
If you are thinking of adding a cat to your family, please be sure you are ready and able to make that lifelong commitment, no matter what changes occur (serious illness the exception). If you can't do that, there are other ways to help.
Help A Cat In Need
1. Adopt Don't Shop. There are all types of kittens and cats available through shelters and rescue groups, some that specialize in specific breeds. If you must buy a cat, do so from a humane breeder.
2. Spay and Neuter your cats. By doing this, you help prevent unexpected litters and, in many cases, improve your cat's health. Also, keeping your cat indoors greatly reduces the risk of it being harmed by someone or something outside.
3. Foster a kitten or a cat. Or volunteer to socialize kittens.
4. Volunteer with a shelter or rescue group. Cat owners that want to help more, or cat lovers who just can't own a cat right now can get plenty of love and do something good by helping others.
5. Donate to a local or national organization that helps cats.
6. Raise community awareness about cats and kittens by joining a cat organization's focus group, starting a cat-themed blog, or volunteering to teach kids about felines.
National Resources - Info About Cats
It's always best to support your local and regional shelters and rescue groups. Do a web search for organizations in your area.
Here is a list of reputable national organizations that provide information and additional links. Click on the links below to visit their sites.
American Humane Associaton - How To Help Community Cats
ASPCA - General Cat Care
Best Friends Animal Society - Cat Training Resources
Petfinder - Cat Adoption
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
- Anatole France ♥️
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