PLEASE ADOPT AND SAVE A LIFE!
Did you know that EVERY 8 seconds, an unwanted cat or dog is euthanized somewhere in the United States thanks to pet overpopulation and limited shelter capacity. No one likes to think about that reality, but you can do your small part to help by adopting a shelter pet.
- Shelter cats come in all ages, shapes, sizes and colors… If you want a kitten, shelters have kittens and often are overflowing with them in the spring and summer. They have middle-aged cats and senior cats. Often times a mature companion is the best fit for an older, less mobile person. Shelters usually have some pure-bred cats too. So take some time and stroll through your local shelter!!
- Shelter cats are healthy and ready to go! … They are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, & microchipped! Just take the to a vet for a check-up and then you are good for your first year of pet ownership.
- Shelter staff can help you pick the purr-fect feline companion…Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment, and not all cats are the same. Visit the shelter with your family and the shelter staff can help with the matchmaking process. They want the kitties to find a furr-ever home so they will be honest with you about any issues the cat may have.
- Adult cats are low maintenance…Adult cats settle into routines quickly and don’t get into trouble like kittens so they make great roommates. If you travel a lot, consider adopting cats as a pair so they can keep each other company!
- Cats Improve Your Health…Companion animals offer a number of mental health benefits. Having a pet makes people feel happier and more balanced, plus lowers your blood pressure. The routine of caring for and interacting with a cat can improve mood and reduce the sense of isolation. Don’t underestimate the Power of the Purr!
- Don’t support animal cruelty…ADOPT, DON’T SHOP! Pet stores source their animals from a variety of places, and those cute kittens in the window might come from an abusive kitten mill where cats endure horrible conditions to produce animals for the pet trade. The sale of companion animals in general promotes the continued existence of exploitative breeders that view animals as a source of money, not living beings. By choosing to adopt, you’ll be voting with your wallet. And that adoption fee will be a lot lower than buying an animal from a pet store or breeder.
AND…..You’ll save a life!! Adopting a shelter cat gets them out of the system and reduces the strain on shelters PLUS it frees up space for more homeless animals.