5 Reasons You Should Adopt A Shelter Cat Title

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Recently the ASPCA did a survey of non-pet owners and cat owners regarding their views of cats. The results revealed that there are a number of misconceptions about cats. Only 47% of non-pet owners thought that cats make great companions and only 46% said that they felt that cats were low maintenance. This Adopt a Shelter Cat month, I want to help break through these misconceptions and give everyone a few great reasons to adopt a shelter cat!

Reason #1: Cats Make Pawsome Companions

Manna Licking My Hand

Manna offering me her affections.

In the same survey as mentioned above, cat owners agreed to the following statements:

  • Cats are great companions – 73%
  • Cats are low maintenance – 82%
  • Cats are intelligent – 77%
  • Cats are quiet – 77%
  • Cats are independent – 71%

Who understands cats better than those who own and love them? While each cat’s personality differs, cats are often very affectionate and love to be with their people. My cats follow me from room to room, they enjoy cuddling with me, they approach me for affection, and they are concerned about me when I don’t feel well. At the same time, they are good at entertaining themselves and don’t require my constant attention. I know many other cat owners that would echo these sentiments.

Reason #2: Adoption Saves Lives

Every year 3.4 million cats enter shelters. It would be nice to believe that all of these cats end up in nice homes, but that isn’t always the case. The sad truth is that about half of the cats entering shelters this year will be euthanized. If you adopt a shelter cat, you save that cat from being euthanized simply because he/she is homeless. Adopting a shelter cat also allows another space in the shelter to open up for a cat that could really use the help the shelter provides.

Reason #3 : Research-Based Adoption Programs

Cinco in my lap

Cinco has chosen me as his human. He loves to be in my lap. We are purrrfect together!

If you’ve never owned a cat before, don’t worry, the volunteers that your local shelter can help you find just the right kitty. A lot of thought has gone into the adoption process to make it a better one for both the cats and the adopters. According to Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of research & development for the ASPCA, “When shelters can match the needs and expectations of adopters to the right cat, whether they’re looking for a more autonomous ‘Secret Admirer” or a cuddly ‘Love Bug,’ the chances of a stronger bond and an adoption that sticks are much greater.” It’s not just guesswork anymore; there are research-based adoption programs, like the Meet Your Match program, that make sure that your personality and the shelter cat’s “feline-ality” are purrrfectly compatible.

Reason #4: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month Specials

Shelters all over the US are giving deep discounts on their adoption fees during Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! You can save a few bucks while saving a cat’s life! If you have been considering adopting a shelter cat, now is a great time. Check with the shelters in your area to see what they are doing for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Here are just a few of the events going on around the country:

  • Kentucky
    Kentucky Humane Society and Louisville Metro Animals Services are having “$5 Feline Fridays.” Adoption fees for cats will be only $5 every Friday during the month of June.
  • North Carolina
    CMPD Animal Care & Control in Charlotte, NC is having a “Kitten Kaboodle Adoption Extravaganza!” Until August 31, 2015 adoption fees will be $10 for cats and $5 for kittens.
  • New York
    The ASPCA Adoption Center in NYC is waiving adoption fees for cats over 3 years of age and waiving one adoption fee if you adopt 2 kittens.
  • Michigan
    The Michigan Humane Society is having their “Certified Pre-Owned Cats program”. All adoptions come with a free FroliCat Dart toy! Check out the very entertaining, 60 second commercial below.

Reason #5: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month Contests

Manna and Dave's hand

Manna getting some love from her daddy. I’m still deciding what photo I will use to enter Jackson Galaxy’s contest. #MyRescueCat

This year there are 2 great contests going on that are bringing awareness to cat adoption and helping out animals shelters.

First is a contest that involves Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. All you need to do is share your cutest or funniest photo of your rescued cat on social media with the hashtag #MyRescueCat and sign an adoption pledge at www.ASPCA.org/MyRescueCat. There will be 4 winners – one will have their cat featured on the My Cat From Hell season finale Saturday June, 13. 2015 at 8 PM EST and 3 will receive Animal Planet prize packs! Entries must be received by the end of Thursday, June 11th. 

The other great Adopt a Shelter Cat Month contest this year is sponsored by FreeKibble.com. To enter, visit www.ASPCA.org/Litter4Kitties and tell them why you love your local shelter and how they help your community.A grand prize winning shelter will receive 5,000 lbs. of litter and 5 runners-up will receive 1,000 lbs. of litter each! Spread the news about this contest using the hashtag #Litter4Kitties!

Disclosure: The ASPCA reached out to me with much of this information, but I was not compensated in anyway for writing this article. 

There are many more reasons where these came from!

What is one reason that non-pet owners should consider adopting a cat?