Shelters and rescues are the best places to go when you are looking for a pet. Did you know that June is adopt-a-cat month? Yes! That’s a thing! It’s true. And why not? Shelter pets deserve their day in the sun. Garfield, the famous comic-strip and TV show celebrity cat, was adopted by his human, Jon. He will also be one of the stars of the Twitter chat with @Shelterpets on June 19 at 3 pm EST- use the hashtag #GarfieldChat to follow along and chat with us.
We encourage you to head to your local shelter when you are ready to make a lifetime commitment to a four-legged-friend. Yes, even if you have a baby, move, or if it get’s old- or grows bigger then a puppy or kitten. Pets do that, grow up. Pets are not disposable- that’s how many of them get to the shelter in the first place, humans that didn’t plan for them past a few months or a year. Not to mention- they love you, and they are desperately sad when you leave them. And they don’t all make it out into new, loving homes. Please plan for your pets.
June marks a particularly active time for shelters and rescue groups, as it’s the peak of kitten season, when thousands of newborn homeless kittens join other cats available for adoption across the United States. There are cats for every personality in shelters and rescue groups right now, and with each adoption, the number of healthy and treatable pets who lose their lives in shelters each year declines. Currently, about 2.4 million pets still need to find a home each year.
The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund®, and the Ad Council, to ask for your support during “Adopt-A-Cat” month. Visit your local shelter, make a donation (like to Cotton! She’s been through the ringer), and/or join the @ShelterPets twitter party this Friday, June 19, at 3 PM EST with the hashtag #GarfieldChat.
Visit TheShelterPetProject.org to see what shelter pets are available in their area.
The Shelter Pet Project showcases the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners, and reminds people that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them. These videos and other ads help break down misconceptions surrounding shelter pets and spread the word that pets in shelters are wonderful and loveable.
Millions of people are looking to acquire a pet within the next year. If just a small percentage choose to adopt, we could end the euthanization of healthy and treatable pets across the U.S. Why not adopt your new best friend, instead of buying love?
Don’t forget- Join me for the @ShelterPets twitter party this Friday, June 19, at 3 PM EST with the hashtag #GarfieldChat to spread the word!