4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Miss Out on National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
Don't let the last weekend of June pass you by, make the most of it and embrace Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! According to the ASPCA, each year approximately 1.5 million shelter cats are euthanized. And while many states are working to become no-kill, they aren't quite there yet. So you can literally save a life this month. Still not sure? Here are 4 reasons why you should consider taking part in Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
1. You'll Save a Life
I know, I know. I just said that. But, it really is the most impurrtant reason (here come the cat puns). While kittens do get euthanized, their adoption rates are higher and euthanasia rates are lower, because, like babies, everyone wants (or thinks they want) a kitten. Adult cats, cats with disabilities, and special needs kittens are the first to be euthanized because they are deemed "unadoptable", which just isn't true. Sure, they might require a little more TLC. But, why is that a bad thing? It may even make you develop a stronger bond with your kitty.
2. Purrsonality Check
While kittens are high-energy and constantly growing into their personality, adult cats know who they are. Kittens calm down and settle into themselves once they are out of their adolescence, which can take two or three years to fully develop. With older cats, you usually know upfront what their personality is like. That way you can see if your personalities jive. Just like dating, you want a good match. Similarly, they are usually already spayed/neutered and litter box trained.
3. Deals! Discounts! Swag! Perks!
When you adopt a cat, especially during a featured month like this or at a super adoption, you usually receive some kind of perk. This can be anything from waived fees, free spaying and neutering, free or discounted pet food, swag bags of toys or product, or even BOGO adoption deals. OR ALL OF THE ABOVE! A local Los Angeles shelter offers 2 for 1 adoptions in the fall for cats and kittens.
4. Cats Will Increase Your Overall Quality of Life
I know, I know. Here I go again. Cue the sappy music. But it's true. Not only cat and kittens, but many different animals have been proven to improve a human's quality of life. After all, service and emotion support animals exist for a reason. Even if your kitty doesn't have an official title, cats and kittens have been known to reduce pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. If nothing else, they can provide you with a good laugh like this adorable floof below. BLEP!
Still not sure about adopting? Visit the ASPCA website and learn more. Do your research. You can also call your local shelter and learn more about their adoptions, adoptees, and deals for the month of June. If it still isn't the right time to adopt, consider making a donation or fostering a furbaby. You may not be their furever home but they will be furever grateful.
Okay, that's it. End of the pet puns! But, seriously, listen to this guy.