If you have been considering adding a feline friend to your home, now is the time! The ASPCA has established June as National Adopt a Shelter Cat month. This means that shelters across the country are running special promotions to help their kitty residents find forever homes. Here are the top five reasons you drop what you are doing and go adopt a shelter cat:
Top five reasons to adopt a shelter cat:
- You’re saving two lives. Each year, an estimated 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters. It’s a staggering number, one that completely overtaxes shelters’ room for housing them. By choosing to adopt a shelter cat, you not only provide a safe, loving home for that cat, you also free up space for another cat to live in.
- You’ll have all the options under one roof. Shelter cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Your local open-admission shelter will have kittens, adults, seniors and even special-needs cats. Talk to the staff and volunteers about what you are looking for and they’ll be able to pair you up with the perfect mate.
- You’ll save money. When you adopt a shelter cat, your new feline friend will be up to date on vaccines and already spayed/neutered. This can reduce costly veterinary bills and ensure you’re bringing home a healthy new addition.
- Your friends will applaud you. Responsible pet ownership starts with making good decisions about how to get a new pet. When you tell your friends that you chose to adopt a shelter cat, you’ll be their hero.
- You’ll feel better! Besides knowing you’ve done something wonderful, studies show that having a cat can actually improve your health. Spending time with your new cat can help lower your blood pressure and stress levels.
Even if, for whatever reason, you just don’t want to go to a shelter, you can still acquire a cat in more ways than one. There are individuals out there who are unable to keep their cats and need to rehome them. Check out Get Your Pet to learn more about adopting a cat from one good home to another.
Adopt a shelter cat: provide a home to a new feline friend
Regardless, of which way you adopt a cat, be sure to prepare your home before they arrive. That way you will be able to immediately start enjoying all your new cat’s purrs and meows without worrying about what trouble they are getting into as they investigate their new surroundings. Most importantly, don’t forget to invest in medical insurance for your cat immediately after you adopt to ensure a lifetime of healthy, happy snuggling!
Angela Marcus is a life-long animal advocate and co-founder of GetYourPet.com, the first nation-wide online pet adoption community that directly connects people who need to rehome a pet with people who want to adopt a pet.