June is a very important month for organizations like ours that work together with the community in order to help find permanent homes for rescue cats. Why? Because June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. And you might wonder why June? Well, June is kitten season. It is the time of the year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters; 3.4 million cats end up in shelters each year. This situation makes it more difficult for shelters to find a permanent home for their rescue cats. Therefore our purpose is to bring awareness and encourage people to ADOPT a shelter cat instead of BUYING one from a pet shop.
A new survey of American adults shows that a majority of cat owners believe that cats are intelligent (77%) and independent (71%), which confirms what many of us already know – cats are smart animals that make excellent companions
Another good reason to adopt a cat is they make the best cuddlers, they are warm and fuzzy, perfectly suited for snuggling.
They are also skilled hunters that will help keep the bug population down in your home, as well as those hair-raising lizards, mice, moths, etc.
And finally, you will be saving a life. Each year 3 to 4 million of those shelter cats who end up not getting adopted are eventually euthanized. You could be single-handedly saving a life by adopting a shelter cat.
To bring even more attention to this matter, during this month ASCPA is joining forces with Animal Planet and Jackson Galaxy to host a social media contest celebrating shelter cats. By sharing your cutest or silliest cat photos using the hashtag #MyRescueCat and signing an adoption pledge, you will be entered for the chance to have your photo featured on the My Cat From Hell season finale June 13. You can enter the contest at http://www.aspca.org/MyRescueCat