Right in line with kitten season, June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
Originally started by the American Humane group, shelters and rescue groups have now adopted the name and call June: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
A little on the American Humane Group…
It was founded in 1877 with the purpose to secure humane treatment for working animals. Meanwhile, in its 150 years, it has taken on every animal issue, natural disaster rescue work, child labor issues and conservation initiatives.
What makes June such a great adoption month?
By June, shelters are overflowing with kittens and cats of all ages who have been picked up on the street or surrendered by their owners.
June is a great month to consider adopting an animal because many families with kids who are just getting out of school, now have the time to adopt and bond with a new cat, as well as, learn to help with the responsibilities that come with pet ownership.
Also, June is month that some people retire, giving them more time to devote to a cat. For those retirees who never had a pet before, this would be the purr-fect time to adopt!
And while you consider adopting a shelter cat – might I suggest adopting TWO kitties! Cats are not solitary animals and we can get lonely and bored. I know I was one of those until mom adopted Beau. Then my life changed just as much as Beau’s did! Now we have each other and we are never lonely or bored!
Cats come with lots of health benefits for our humans! Let me count the ways:
Reduced depression and anxiety
Better heart health
Lower blood pressure
Increased social interaction with all the other cat lovers out there
And to sweeten the pot – many shelters have special dates set aside for low cost or even free adoption – which is usually around $150 to reimburse the shelter or rescue group for the vet services, food, litter etc during its time in their care.
How You Can Help Without Adopting
So what if you can’t adopt because you already have pets or your landlord doesn’t allow it, or you are allergic and the meds don’t help…but you still want to do something to help this month – and every month – consider the following:
Volunteer at the shelter – feeding, cleaning or socializing semi-friendly cats to enable them to have a better chance at adoption.
Foster kittens – starting with the neonatal “bottle feeders” who will simply die in the shelters because there are not enough resources or fosters to handle them all. If you want to learn more – checkout the Kitten Lady – Hannah Shaw and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube…she is the #1 go-to expert and educator on the tiniest little felines. She also has a new book coming out on August 6th aptly named Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines! And if you have a chance to go to one of her “Meet & Greets” – don’t miss it! She is amazing and her message is so important.
Foster a senior cat who has fewer chances to get adopted due to its age. They are often the most loving and devoted pets! And trained already without any of the naughty youthful behavior that may come with a kitten.
Give a donation of food and/or litter to your local shelter or rescue group.
Make a financial donation to help with the vet bills and adoption fees in the shelters and rescue groups. If you own a business, consider donating a portion of your annual revenue to your local rescue group and others who improve the lives of our community cats.
Spread the word about pet adoption and help educate our younger generations about TNR and community cat awareness. Even offer to post flyers around your local area about upcoming adoption events.
If you are social media savvy, love cats and want to help – become an “adopt-don’t-shop” ambassador and spread the word via your FB, IG and/or Twitter feeds.
Us cats need all the help we can get!
Remember when you adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue group – you actually save two of us…besides saving the life of the cat you bring home – that opens up a space for another cat to come into the shelter or group and find its furr-ever family. Meow-za!!