Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month! Change a Cat's Life Today

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in today, and I'm bringing you some important information about an event that takes place this month. Did you know that June is designated as Adopt-A-Cat Month®? Since Lola and I are both shelter cats it's very important to us to speak (well, I should say meow) about it with you.



First, let me give you some background information. Adopt A Cat Month® is brought to you by American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. It is celebrated each June, which happens to be the height of kitten season.


Lola happy in her forever home.

“There are millions of healthy, adoptable cats in animal shelters across the country, waiting for their forever homes,” said American Humane president and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert. “American Humane’s Adopt-a-Cat Month® encourages pet adoption while shining a light on the special roles that these furry felines play in our daily lives.”


Now that kitten season is here thousands of kittens are going to join the other millions of cats already in shelters across the country. (I should say that the lucky kittens will make it into the shelter. Not all are so lucky after being born in outside. Read about a kitten that Will rescued off the streets here). This means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. Let's get cats out of shelters and into forever homes!


Lexy proving she's queen of her household.

Pet Supplies Plus is stepping up to help place cats in loving homes by teaming up with local shelters and rescue organizations across the country. Now that's cool! Throughout National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month® in June, stores will host adoption events and offer valuable discounts to neighbors on cat-related products. (Because event dates and times will vary by location, neighbors are encouraged to visit www.petsuppliesplus.com/Store to find and contact their closest store for details.)

“Our National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month® in-store adoption events are designed to help animals in need, and make a meaningful impact in the community,” said Pet Supplies Plus CEO Chris Rowland. “Our goal is to help increase awareness and facilitate more adoptions. With our high volume of shoppers, we can help a significant number of cats find their forever homes.






Knowledgeable team members will be on hand in all stores to recommend all the best products to pet parents to ensure the overall health and wellness of cats. Pet Supplies Plus stores will also provide customers with a helpful New Pet Parent Checklist and offer special incentives (to vary by store) for new cats adopted in June. Sounds like tons of fun, doesn't it?

I also have some tips on how you can get involved in Adopt a Cat Month
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Tips on How to get Involved in Adopt-A-Cat Month®


1. Share the message on social media!

This is very simple. Just go on a site like Petfinder or Adopt A Pet, choose a cat in a shelter near you, post on your favorite social media channel and say “Look at this beautiful cat who has been in the shelter for (insert time). It’s Adopt-A-Cat Month! Let’s find him/her a forever home!”  Or, you could share a photo of your cat that you adopted from a shelter and say “June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. Change a cat's life today and adopt, just like I did”. You can say anything that suits you. You get the idea. (Don't forget to use the hashtag #AdoptACatMonth)


An adoptable cat at Tabby's Place.


2. Raise funds!

You can donate via your Facebook status by tagging your favorite rescue organization or shelter. Click post, then you will see an option to add a button to confirm that you want to add a donate button. You can also create a campaign with Team ASPCA here.

3. Help a local shelter!

Just about every animal shelter has a wish list. You can find a shelter in your area by searching here. Many shelters have wish lists on Amazon and that means you can help them stock up on much needed supplies right from your couch. (The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, one of our favorite cage-free shelters, has a wish list here.) You may even have things you don’t use anymore that would be very much appreciated by the shelter. (Don't throw away those old towels! Bring them to a shelter!) You can also consider volunteering, even for a day. 


4. Foster a cat!

Lots of small rescues depend on fosters. Without them, they would not be able to continue with their rescue efforts. 


Rubio, hospital greeter at the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation.


5. Educate others!

Talk about the importance of adopting a cat with your family and friends. Write a guest blog post about your adopted cat and how much love she has brought into your life. You can also go on Pinterest and find some great visuals about cats, or share some fun cat facts, like these 21 cool cat facts to share with kids from cattime.com. 

6. Visit a Cat Cafe!

Since Mother has been visiting cat cafes for our new series we realized that visiting one is a great way to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month®. When you're at the cafe take photos of the cats (better yet, take selfies) and tag the cafe on social media. Let all of your followers know the cats would make the purrfect addition to their family. 


Adoptable cats at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe enjoying a nap in the sun.

6.  I left the best for last, and that’s Adopt a cat of your own! 

If you’re not in the position to adopt right now, maybe a friend or family member is. You know what you could do?  You could by an adoption gift certificate for them to pay for the adoption fees. Isn’t that a great gift? 

An adopted pet can bring so much joy to your life. We have many Rescue Stories that you can read that may inspire you this month. Please feel free to share them. 

Have you ever adopted a cat? Tell us about it! 


Lexy

14 comments:

  1. All three of us were adopted from a local rescue!

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  2. We love Adopt a Cat Month here! Both Binga and Boodie are rescues... and sometimes even breed cats wind up in shelters (more often than you might think!).

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  3. The Hubby says I cannot adopt another cat...yet! We adopted Manny and Chili Bruce in December 2017 from the Michigan Humane Society. Angel and Chuck were adopted from a friend's home, and of course Patty O'Malley and Sweetie are stray cats who've been TNR'd and live in the luxurious Cat Hotel on our deck!

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  4. L & L.....with de eggz ceptshunz oh buddy boom { him waz a stray who dinna wanna ree new hiz pass a port... sew him gived up street life ♥ } we waz all adopted; sew waz cuzinz perkolator, bonnie, bob N dobie & R older cuzinz sam, little joe, N jiggz... bee barn catz who said... can we stay... N de gram paw said yes !! ♥♥

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  5. All of ours are rescue cats. I'd love a Siamese so maybe one will come into the local rescue one day!!

    Lovely Post and will share.

    Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew

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  6. We purr that lots of cats find their furever homes!

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  7. It's so great to see all these beautiful cats going to go to their furever home really soon. We would love to meet Rubio, what a great looking face and big gorgeous ears. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

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  8. It's always a purrfect time to adopt a shelter cat!!!

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  9. Both my babies are rescues ... one directly from the street (Bear) and one from a rescue organization (Ellie). Thank goodness rescues exist to help kitties find a way to their forever home!

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  10. Hi, Lexy! Great post on a very important topic! We just love your devotion to shelters and homeless kitties. You do a wonderful job on getting the word out.

    I love that cute kitty from Tabby's!

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  11. Great post! I was a little early, I adopted Trouble in April :)

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  12. This is a really great post! I will definitely spread the word! Unfortunately, at this point of time I cannot adopt a cat myself, since I have to work too much. But as soon as it gets less, I will get two furry friends from a nearby shelter!

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  13. Thanks for the great post, Lexy! Anything to help spread awareness for shelter cats is wonderful!

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  14. Lexy, you are a dear for pawing penning that post! Mom visited my fav shelter a couple of weeks ago and got to visit with one of the pussycats there who was very furr-iendly. Purrs.

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