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.
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 as well. 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. What could be more fun that a cat staycation?!
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!
If after considering these 10 good reasons to adopt a cat, you still decide you can't adopt right now, that's OK. It's a decision that should be carefully considered.
But see below for other ways you can contribute to, support, and celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Some of the ideas below were inspired by these adoption promoting ideas at Petfinder and the ASPCA.
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.
If you can't adopt, maybe you could become a cat foster parent. Fosters stay in your home until they're ready for adoption. This frees up space in shelters and shares the load.
Ways to support Adopt a Shelter Cat month (June). Pls RT
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If you can't foster, consider donating items or money to your local shelters and rescue groups. If you can't donate, volunteer your time.
Contact local shelters or rescue groups and suggest they creating a listing here on this site. While you've got their attention, ask if you can help distribute their wish list of supplies they need, or if they have an event for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month that you can help promote.
Let us know how you're celebrating Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!