Pet cats can enrich lives in all kinds of ways, including human health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, relieving stress and comforting people in times of grief. Unfortunately, with the sluggish economy, shelters and rescues have seen the number of homeless cats swell, and some sadly resort to euthanasia to relieve the overcrowding.
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, which brings attention to the fact that millions of felines are in need of loving forever homes. The spring brings lots of kittens and their stray mamas into local shelters and rescue groups. Not only are adopters needed, but foster moms and dads are personally responsible for saving thousands of lives every year by providing a warm, safe place for mama cats to nurse their young until they are old enough to be adopted. A newborn kitten in an animal shelter is vulnerable to disease. If you can’t adopt, consider fostering.
Throughout the month of June, shelters and rescue organizations nationwide are waiving or discounting cat adoption fees. If you are looking to adopt, also consider an older or senior cat — these felines are no less loving and in need of a home, but are often overlooked for younger cats or kittens. Black cats also suffer their own kind of discrimination, as they are superstitiously thought of as “bad luck” and don’t photograph well in pictures that are posted online.
If you can’t take on a cat, please consider donating to your local shelter, rescue group, or other organization so they can buy much-needed food or supplies; some shelters even accept used vehicles as a tax-deductible donation. Find a shelter near you and see how you can help.