Each year in June the American Humane Society sponsors Adopt-A-Cat Month. The awareness campaign is timed to coincide with the time of year when most kittens are born and shelters consequently fill up with newborn unwanted animals.
Shelters are crowded at the best of times, housing over three million cats and at least another three million dogs over the course of the year. Of those, about 1.5 million are euthanized. Thankfully, another three million animals are adopted and are able to lead a comfortable life in a loving home.
Americans are much more likely to adopt a cat from a shelter or to adopt one from a friend or family member than they are to get a cat from a breeder. In fact, only three percent of cats are purchased from breeders compared to the 34 percent of dogs that are. While this is good news, shelters can still use help in getting kittens into good homes during the springtime.
If you don't think that you and your family can handle a feisty, energetic kitten in your home, consider adopting an older cat. Doing so will help free up space and resources for kittens who remain in the shelter, and you'll still be saving a shelter cat from an uncertain future while gaining a new companion.
Will this June be the month you bring home a new feline friend from your local shelter? Don't hesitate to call and ask your local shelter questions if you have concerns about adopting a cat. They'll be happy to help you out and match you with the pet that's right for you.