|Natasha and I posed for a picture at the shelter on the day I took her home.|
June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. I need no convincing about how important it is to adopt from a shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders. Probably most of you reading this right now are nodding in agreement.
So what can we do to help those who do need convincing learn that adopting from the shelter saves lives and provides them—cats and humans—with joy and love?
Petfinder has an article on its website called “June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: What Can I Do?” It has some great reminders of some of the things we can do to get the message out there.
For example, do you have a Facebook page and/or Twitter account? Use them to reach as many people as people.
Petfinder also suggests writing a letter to the editor to the local newspaper. Does the general public in your area know where the local shelters are? Do they know what the process is to adopt a cat? Tell them.
The county shelter where I live is not no-kill through no fault of the Animal Control officers. The shelter is small, and the county has no appetite for funding it better.
The shelter has an awesome all-volunteer group, Friends of Campbell County Animal Control, which works hand in hand with Animal Control to help increase adoptions and fosters.
But not all the animals are adopted.
Getting the message out about the importance of adopting cats and dogs from the shelter is particularly important in an area like mine.
So what will you do this month—and all year round—to promote adoption?