cat adoption

Remember Me Thursday: Help Others #SeeTheLight for Pet Adoption


Founded by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the goal of Remember Me Thursday® is to get the entire world talking about pet adoption, and Allegra and I are helping to spread the word. The day is meant to remember and honor the 1+ million orphan pets who ran out of time, and to help people #SeeTheLight for the rescues that we can still help.Continue Reading

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A Tail of Two Kitties: Contactless Cat Adoption During the Pandemic


Written by Harry Shubin

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… if you are an animal rescuer. As municipal shelters closed to the public, they besieged rescues with requests to take cats. However, with adoption events suspended and PetSmart adoption centers closed, the ability for rescues to find homes for any of those animals seemed out of reach. Yet, when the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington (FFGW) put out a plea for fosters for the cats we already had at our center at PetSmart, we were flooded with offers – and ended up with more potential fosters than we had cats. Continue Reading

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How to Adopt Again After Losing a Cat: 6 Tips to Following Your Heart


Written by Sarah Chauncey

After the death of a beloved cat, it can be hard to believe we could ever open our hearts and homes to another. While it’s true that each cat (and our bond with them) is unique, keeping our hearts closed to future felines means we can wind up dwelling on the loss, rather than exploring new bonds.Continue Reading

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Do Senior Cats Get Along With Younger Cats? Considerations & Tips

Kitten and adult cat breed European Burmese sitting on wooden background

I frequently get questions from readers who are looking to add a new cat to their family. How do I find a cat that will be a good match for my cat? Should I get a cat who’s the same age as my resident cat, or should I get a kitten? Male or female? Will the resident cat accept the newcomer? I wish I could give definitive answers to all of these questions, but the reality is that while you can do some homework, ultimately, each cat’s unique history and personality will determine the outcome, but the following information can help you have a clearer idea of your situation. And these questions are even harder to answer when it comes to deciding whether to get a companion for a senior cat. Continue Reading

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A Visit to the Orlando Cat Café (With Pictures)


While I was in Orlando for Global Pet Expo, the Orlando Cat Café hosted me for a book signing. This was only my second visit to a cat café (Meow Parlour in New York City was the other one I visited,) and once again, I was impressed with how well executed the concept was. Continue Reading

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Urban Outfitters in New York City Partnered with Best Friends to Find Homes for 95 Cats in One Day


On Saturday, August 6, Urban Outfitters partnered with Best Friends to stage adoption events in all of their stores in New York City. Urban Outfitters paid the adoption fees for all 95 cats and kittens that found new homes that day.Continue Reading

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Catalyst Connection: Forever Homes and Forever Health for Cats


An innovative new program from the Catalyst Council brings veterinarians, shelters and rescue organizations together to facilitate finding forever homes for cats and keeping cats healthy once they are in their new homes.

Veterinarians and rescue organizations often operate independently, and each face their own, unique challenges – often to the detriment of the very animals they’re trying to help. Catalyst Council is working on fostering effective partnerships between these organizations.Continue Reading

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The Night Before Catmas: The Rescue Version


By Harry Shubin

T’was the night after the adoption event,
And all through the store,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a stray cricket on the floor
The Adoption Counselors were all snug in their beds
Thinking of ways to move adoptions ahead.Continue Reading

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Gracie’s Story: It Takes a Village to Rescue a Cat


Every cat has a story of how she came to be with her human, and even though there are common themes – a cat finds us, we are ready to adopt a new family member, we see a cat online that tugs at our heart strings – every one of those stories is as unique as the cat and the human involved.

Sometimes, it takes more than one person to rescue a cat. In Gracie’s case, it took the proverbial village. Her story is remarkable for its “six degrees of separation” synchronicity, involving this site, Jackson Galaxy, and our friends Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair and Dorian Wagner of Your Daily Cute.Continue Reading

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How Did You Fall In Love With Your Cat? Study & Personal Experience

Girl and woman owners holding cats in shelter to adopt

A recent study by the ASPCA looked at how people pick a shelter pet. The Wall Street Journal reports that the research, conducted by the animal-advocacy organization from January  through May of 2011, involved five shelters across the country. About 1,500 adopters filled out questionnaires explaining how they knew the cat or dog was “the one.”

According to the study, “physical appearance” is the top reason given for picking a dog. With cats, “behavior with people” was what convinced most adopters to choose a particular adult cat.

You can read more about the study in the Wall Street Journal. Continue Reading

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How to Choose the Purr-fect Cat Name

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The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, it isn’t just one of your holiday games. – T. S. Elliot

Written by Abigail Beal

T. S. Elliot may have been on to something. If you’ve just brought home an adorable cat or kitten from the local animal shelter, then you know what the next task is: finding a name for him. Maybe your new family member came with a name you don’t like, or that doesn’t suit. Picking a name for your cat can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a serious matter, and you’ll want to spend some time to find that “just right” fit.

The following tips can help you find the purr-fect cat name for your new furry companion.Continue Reading

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