Last Updated on: June 1, 2012 by Ingrid King
Each spring during kitten season, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters and foster homes across the country. The American Humane Association has designated June as Adopt-a-Cat Month® to help find these cats permanent homes.
This spring, the situation at shelters across the country is even more dire than usual. A mild winter across many parts of the US sparked more cats to go into heat, which resulted in additional pregnancies. One shelter in the Washington DC area, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Virginia, has no more room to take in additional cats. WUSA9 TV reports that the shelter has reached its capacity, and is reaching out to the community for help. The shelter is desperate for foster homes, and has no cage space for surrendered cats.
I doubt that they’re the only shelter in the country facing these problems. Those of us who love cats feel helpless and overwhelmed when we see reports like this. While we can’t save them all, here are some things you can do to help cats during Adopt-a-Cat month, and every month:
- Adopt. Visit your local shelter or contact a rescue group. The love of your life cat may be waiting for you.
- Donate. Donate money, or find out from your local shelter or rescue group what they need most.
- Educate yourself about behavior problems. Far too many cats are surrendered to shelters because of behavior problems that could have been solved, often with very little effort.
- Volunteer. Volunteer to socialize cats at your local shelter. Become a foster parent. Help with adoption events.
- Share your Facebook status and feature an adoptable cat.
We’ll be featuring a randomly selected adoptable cat on The Conscious Cat Facebook page every day for the month of June.
If you have other suggestions on how to help cats find their forever homes during Adopt-A-Cat month, please share them in a comment!
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.