June is Adopt-a-Cat month. This month you will see more shelter events, articles and promotions to celebrate cats in need of adoption. In truth, EVERY month should be Adopt-a-Cat month and we need to continue working every day to get cats into forever homes.
So what does Adopt-a-Cat month mean to you? If you’re wondering what you can do, the options go beyond adoption. Here are some suggestions:
Adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue organization. Whether you want a kitten, adult cat, longhaired, shorthaired, a cat with lots of personality, a quiet cat, a big cat or small kitty, you will find the feline love of your life waiting there for you.
2. Spay or Neuter
Even if you have an exclusively indoor cat, there’s always the chance of an escape. Here’s more information on the many benefits of spay/neuter.
3. Address Behavior Problems
Far too many cats are abandoned, relinquished to shelters or even euthanized for behavior problems that could’ve been solved. If you need help in addressing the behavior problems, contact a qualified, certified behavior professional or ask your veterinarian for a referral.
Roll up your sleeves and volunteer at your local shelter. There is an ongoing need for all levels of volunteer skills. In addition to volunteering at a shelter, you may have a friend or neighbor who needs help with their cat and your assistance might make a difference in whether that cat remains in that home. An elderly neighbor might need help grooming the cat, shopping for food, transporting the cat to the veterinarian, etc.
5. Donate money
Whether you can write a big check or a very small one, your local shelter or one of the national humane organizations will greatly appreciate it. Every dollar makes a difference.
6. Donate items
Most shelters have wish lists so you can donate something that they specifically need or you can offer everyday items that are always in short supply such as towels, laundry detergent, food bowls, newspapers, etc.
TNR programs help to control the feral cat population by humanely trapping, neutering and the releasing the feral cats back out to their colonies. For more information on TNR, visit Alley Cat Allies.
8. Pick up the Phone
Help control the stray/lost cat population in your area by contacting your local feline rescue organization to help humanely trap cats who have gotten lost from their original homes so they can either be reunited with their families or placed in a foster home/shelter as they wait to be adopted.
Educate your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about cat care and welfare. You may have a friend who doesn’t realize the importance of having their cat neutered or is allowing their intact cat to roam outdoors. Gentle and tactful education can make a difference in the relationship between that cat parent and the cat.
10. Spread the Word
Let others know about Adopt-a-Cat month. Share this article along with others that you have read. If there are events and adopt-a-thons in your area, help spread the word by letting friends, family and neighbors know.
There’s so much that can be done to help cats during Adopt-a-Cat month and EVERY month. Thank you in advance for whatever help you can offer to spread the word about Adopt-a-Cat month and for making a difference in the lives of cats.
Need More Information?
For step-by-step information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books.