June is “Adopt A Shelter Cat Month,” and the perfect time to add a shelter kitten or cat into your family!
June is always an excellent time to adopt cats and kittens, who descend upon shelters in drove during kitten season. Shelters will be especially crowded this year because, after years of working from home, Americans are going back to the office, and returning shelter pets they adopted earlier in the pandemic.
“Shelters are swamped in the best of times, but now that Americans are transitioning back to the office after more than a year of remote work, shelters are reporting increases in owner surrenders,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “This Adopt-a-Cat Month, we hope you will become a friend to a feline in need.”
Adopt a Shelter Cat Month also seeks to spread the word about unique issues facing our feline friends. For instance, researchers have found cats receive less veterinary care, feature in fewer scientific studies, are more likely to be feral, and also run a greater risk of euthanasia than their canine counterparts. The risk of euthanasia, of course, disappears the minute someone gives a shelter cat a loving home.
But even if adopting isn’t an option, there are other ways to help our feline friends in June. Fostering shelter cats, for example, give homeless pets a break from the shelter, as well as a chance to practice their socialization. Shelters also need foster parents to help them rescue newborn kittens, who require round-the-clock bottle-feeding and 24/7 care.
Meanwhile, shelters remain in urgent need of donations and supplies, especially following a pandemic that’s left shelters short on staff and resources. Please consider making a donation to help shelter kittens and cats by providing cash-strapped shelters with blankets, toys, scratching boxes, and other critical supplies.
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