Monday, June 6, 2016

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

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?

13 comments:

  1. Tina, this is why I am so glad that we are friends :) you are inspiring.

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  2. Thank you for this extremely important message, Tina! We adopted both our cats from the local humane society. They are beautiful and wonderful companions. So many incredible animals wait in these shelters for someone to take them home and simply love them.

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  3. Our county animal shelter is working hard to push out most animals to local rescue groups for fostering and adoption. They've partnered with the local low-cost spay/neuter clinic to offer free or price-reduced services, AND they have a no-charge transport to many local areas. I've made up flyers for a few adoptable cats and will pin them up around my office, plus I share on FB and my blog.

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  4. Our shelter and humane society are both already on the case. Lots of press!

    I've never had a cat that wasn't "found." So many need homes. If you don't have one turn up on your doorstop, check the shelter!

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  5. I like to volunteer off and on with a local rescue, and sometimes I send them donations too.

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  6. total lee awesum post two day guys !!!! R two shelterz final lee dee sided ta werk "two gether" & they in tern with de local spay/neiter clinic haz teemed up ta spred de werd all de time; we think it waz last month...may bee bee arpil ???? .....de shelter wear we waz adopted frum...had ZERO PETZ !!!! how....kewl....iz....that !!! ♥♥♥

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  7. Excellent post - and what a great shot of you two beauties!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

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  8. This is a wonderful post. I always strive to spread the word about the importance of adopting from a shelter. And, I love this picture of you and Natasha - so precious!

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  9. I promote adoption all year on both blogs! Great post offering lots of suggestions! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  10. The mom has been volunteering at our local shelter. We love when the shelter kitties find homes.

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  11. Great post! Cute photo of you and Natasha. 4 of my cats are from shelters,the rest showed up at my door.

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  12. We like to do our part to spread the word and I post on adoptions as well. It's so important for people to think adoption first! Thank you for this post.

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  13. it's so important to spread the word tina....you are a wonderful messenger!!! and that's a great picture of you!!!

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