All of my cats have been rescues of sorts, though not all have come from the shelter. Some have been kittens from families who carelessly left their cat unspayed. Others have been hand-me-downs from older relatives who could no longer care for them. I’ve loved them all. According to the Humane Society of the United States, one cat or dog is put down every eight seconds. This equates to four million unwanted pets euthanized at U.S. shelters each year. Many could have become loving animal companions—if only given the chance. The next time you’re ready to bring a new cat into your life, consider these reasons to adopt a shelter cat.
Black, white, tabby or ginger… shelters have them all. Whatever coloration, personality, or age you desire, you can find a cat that fits the bill at your local shelter. If you don’t have a preference, it is always fun to go in for a visit and see which cat chooses you.
Shelter cats are like plug-and-play electronics. When you adopt a shelter kitty, you get an animal companion that is already spayed or neutered, has been immunized, is litter box trained, and may even be micro chipped. Shelter staff can advise you on potential behavior issues as well, so you know exactly what you are getting into.
Adult shelter cats are low maintenance. Becoming a kitty parent really doesn’t get any easier than adopting an adult shelter cat. Unlike mischievous kittens, adult cats won’t wreak havoc throughout your house. If you’re away from home a lot, adopt an adult pair. Many are surrendered together or become close friends during their shelter stay.
Have you ever adopted a shelter pet? Tell us your story in the comments!