You’ve seen them on the street. Their glowing eyes peer out to you from dark corners of your neighborhood. You’ve wondered where they belong.
The United States has a stray animal population that is estimated to be higher than the populations of California and Texas combined.
We have a crisis going on. Cats and other domestic animals are being left to fend for themselves on the street. Some once were someone’s pet, but have been abandoned. Others have become stray because no one took the time to have their parents spayed or neutered.
What is being done?
Animal rescue groups have been formed by compassionate people all across the country – about 5,000 nationwide. These groups advocate for the animals by caring for them, ensuring the are adopted out to good people, and educating the public.
Why Cat Rescue Groups?
Why choose to adopt from a cat rescue group rather than purchasing a pet from a pet store or breeder? Here’s a few facts. Since this is Playful Kitty, I will focus on cat rescue groups, but do note that most rescue groups care for more than one type of animal. Most of the points below apply equally to rescues that service animals other than cats.
- You can be a kitty’s hero!
Cat Rescue Groups offer you the opportunity to put on your superhero cape and save the life of an animal in danger. It is estimated that up to 4 million animals are put down every year just because they are homeless.
- You’re supporting a good cause.
Most cat rescue groups are no-kill, which means they don’t euthanize any animals simply because they have had them too long. Cat rescue groups make sure that their animals have care by qualified veterinarians – care that they wouldn’t receive from local animal control or the streets. When you adopt from a cat rescue group you are supporting a group that has the true welfare of the animals in mind.
- Cat rescue groups do all the work for you.
When you adopt a pet from a cat rescue group it will most likely be spayed/neutered, up to date on it’s shots, and receiving/having already received veterinary care for any illness or injuries that it might have had. A full list of the cats physical issues (if any) and personality traits will be furnished for you. The people running the cat rescue groups can even guide you in choosing the right pet for you.
- Adopting helps to prevent animal cruelty.
A lot of pet stores use breeders that are more concerned with the quantity of their animals than the quality of life of their animals. Adult animals are bred to exhaustion and young animals are packed away into small, confined, unsanitary spaces. Taking business away from breeders who use this practice defunds their cruelty. Also, stray animals left in the street are subject to being taken in by people who wish to do cruel things to them such as conduct experiments on them and use them in fighting rings. Adopting an animal takes it off the street into a safe home where it will be loved and cared for.
- People who have cats are healthier.
Who knew? Studies have shown that people who own cats have lower blood pressure, a lowered risk for cadio vascular disease, reduced anxiety and more! Watch for later posts on this subject!
- Cat rescue groups can save you money.
Animals purchased from pet stores or breeders are expensive! You’re looking at a couple hundred dollars per animal. Cat rescue groups are non-profit and charge you low fees to adopt an animal. Many cat rescue groups I’ve seen only charge around $100 for a cat that is spay/neutered and has all its shots!
Next time you are considering getting a cat (or other pet) check out your local cat rescue groups. You can find your local cat rescue groups through a google search, petfinder.com, your local Humane Society or ASPCA, the phone book, a pet supply store, asking people you know, or checking the Cat Rescue page here at Playful Kitty. Both of my cats are adopted and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world! Save a life, you won’t regret it.