GLOBAL CAT DAY
Global Cat Day on October 16th recognizes the need to adopt and foster cats.
Cat lovers visit your local shelters! Perhaps you’re only able to volunteer or make a donation. However, learning more about advocating helps, too.
Sadly, over 70 million homeless animals fill shelters in the United States. While kittens are adorable, many older felines make great pets. And don’t forget, kittens do become cats. They cuddle their way into our hearts or aloofly play until they have our attention. One of the many goals of awareness campaigns like this one is to encourage adoptions. Instead of purchasing a cat from a pet store, adopt from a shelter.
Follow the shelter’s guidelines. Keep these tips in mind when adopting:
- There’s an application process. Read through it and understand it. The guidelines are the safety of the animals, the employees, and you.
- Ask questions. It’s important there’s an understanding between you and the shelter. Most shelters have volunteers and paid employees. However, they work on a very tight budget. Please don’t expect any special accommodations.
- A good shelter will place the interests of the animal first. They want the cat to have a successful placement. Some animals have anxiety while others get along with anyone and every type of animal.
- Consider the size of your home and where you live – an apartment or house.
- Who lives with you? That includes people and pets – does everyone get along and does anyone have allergies? How much time do you have for a pet?
- So you’ve spotted the kitten for you.
- Be sure to make several visits to the shelter. Play with the kitten. Spend time grooming them. See how the kitten reacts to other cats. Learn the kitten’s behavior.
- Maybe Fuzzy Bear has health issues or doesn’t get along with children. Perhaps another kitten gets along better with dogs. All these factors will be considered on your application.
While spaying and neutering lower the numbers of unwanted strays, Trap-Neuter-Return programs take the approach even further. Take time to visit your local shelter to learn more.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalCatDay
Visit a local shelter to learn about fostering, spaying and neutering. Better yet, adopt a furry critter and give them a forever home! Use #GlobalCatDay to post on social media.
GLOBAL CAT DAY HISTORY
Global Cat Day (2017) takes the place of National Feral Cat Day which was initiated by Alley Cat Allies in 2001.
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