June is an important time of the year for animal shelters all over the U.S. as they prepare for Adopt-A-Cat Month. Late spring and early summer is when many rescue groups are inundated with kittens and pregnant mothers who will need to go to new homes in the coming months. Unfortunately, this time of year pushes the budgets of animal shelters and highlights the pet overpopulation problem throughout the country.
The ASPCA reports that between 5 and 7 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide each year and nearly 3 to 4 million are euthanized, so Adopt-A-Cat month couldn’t come at a better time to find forever homes for these animals and give them the lives they deserve. Many of these animals find themselves in shelters through no fault of their own for a multitude of reasons, including moving, allergies, landlord restrictions and pet incompatibility, so encouraging families to add a new member to their family and give these animals a second chance is what Adopt a Cat month is all about.
Adopting a cat is the best way to give, him or her, the best chance at a good life. However, there is a wealth of considerations to be mindful of before taking the plunge with a new pet. First and foremost do research on animal shelters and rescue groups to not only find a listing of adoptable cats, but read reviews, learn about the standards of care that the facilities offer and discover what kinds of adoption services they provide. Adopting any animal is a serious commitment, but with the right attitude and a loving home, many families will heed the message of Adopt-A-Cat Month and provide a better life to animals in need.