Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month with many shelters in the US offering free adoptions.

Sponsored by the ASPCA, June is the perfect time to adopt a cat.

Every spring, kitten season kicks into high gear, adding thousands to the number of unplanned cats being born.

Shelters become packed and unfortunately, run out of room.

Gray tabby shelter kittensThe above picture is a photo I snapped of two gray tabby kittens hoping to be adopted.

Until we become a true no-kill nation, no space at the shelters means that cats will unfortunately die. Caring for the cats costs money, as does euthanasia, so many shelters participate in Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and adoption fees are waived.

Increasing the number of cat adoptions reduces the shelter population and cuts down on costs and saves lives. It's a win-win-win for everyone. It also means that if you were thinking about bringing a new kitty into your home, this is the perfect time to do so and save some money at the same time.

American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat month in June. They have downloadable posters and cat wallpaper for your computer, a "cat-happy" Twibbon for your Facebook profile, and their "top ten" checklist for adopting a cat.

Taking a vacation? Adopt a cat!

Many people take vacations in June. The kids are out of school. So... this is the ideal opportunity to get your new cat acclimated to your home, your family, and your lifestyle while you're off work. Instead of taking a vacation away from home this year, take an at home vacation and welcome a new cat into your household.

Kittens get adopted fairly easily compared to older cats. Consider adopting an older cat who might not otherwise be taken home.

Black cats of all ages are said to be adopted less frequently, so if you adopt an older black cat that would be doing a great service to the cats of the world.

So, what are you waiting for? Go adopt a cat! (And make sure your shelter lists with us under cat rescue groups.)

Can't adopt? Spread the word!

Can't adopt right now? Petfinder has an article outlining 10 ways you can help during this time.

You can also help by using the "share this page" buttons below and share this page on Facebook or tweet it on Twitter.

Note: Responsible adoption means involving your whole family, making a 20 year commitment to caring for a cat, cat proofing your home, and choosing a pet that meshes with your lifestyle.

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