“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
There’s a very good reason “Cute Cat Videos” are taking over the worlds’ computer screens: Cats are fantastic. That’s not an opinion—it’s pure fact. Look at the logic: what other animal can melt your heart with their hellos, cure bad days with a purr, make you feel like king of the world with one snuggle and keep your home insect (and rodent) free? When you add in the omg-this-cuteness-should-be-illegal kitty entertainment (see: surprised kitty for one example), then it’s clear: Cats are worth their weight in gold and yes, “fantastic” is the best adjective to describe them.
So obviously—as long as you don’t have a horrendous allergy to feline dander—you need a cat or two to make your life complete. And now is the perfect time. You see, springtime equals “kitten season” across the nation, where feral cats or cats with naughty owners (AKA: they don’t spay/neuter) start producing litters and litters of kittens that will ultimately end up at the local animal shelter. That means in addition to the sweet, older cats looking for homes, there are now countless kittens also vying for some forever love.
To help alleviate this unfortunate surge in the already overflowing homeless animal population, the Humane Society donned June “National Adopt-A-Cat Month®.” What better way to spread awareness and to remind animal lovers that there are sweet, zany, smart, cute cats just waiting for a chance to be part of their families.
So where should you go to find your new cat? Take a look at the two best ways for you to adopt your next feline best friend. Just remember, adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment—and it’s so worth it!
1. Local Animal Shelters
One of the best places to find your perfect cat is your local animal shelter. According to the Humane Society, there are over 3500 shelters in the U.S. with millions upon millions of homeless cats entering them each year and many of those being euthanized due to overcrowding. This is where you go to instantly save a life. When you adopt, you’ll pay a fee that covers your new baby’s spay or neuter (let’s remember that breeders charge thousands of dollars for one animal) and then you can take him/her home. If you aren’t ready to walk in to a shelter just yet, sites like Adopt-a-Pet are great online resources for seeing what animals are currently up for adoption at shelters across the nation—just don’t wait too long because many shelters are forced to euthanize after a set amount of time in their care.
San Francisco: Animal Care & Control
Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz Animal Shelter
Orange County: Animal Care Services
2. Rescue Organizations
501 C-3 non-profit, no-kill, animal rescue organizations are a great option for cat adoptions. They typically take in cats from animal shelters—specifically “death row” animals that are set to be euthanized. There are some rescues that specialize in cats only and others that adopt out both cats and dogs, but all are dedicated to finding these animals great homes. The beauty about rescues is that they are no-kill—so they can really take the time to match the right family with the right cat. There are applications, fees that are slightly more than shelters (since these animals are always neutered/spayed, microchipped, have been treated for any ailments and received vaccinations) and there may be a home check, as well. Once a cat is adopted to a good family, the organization is than free to rescue another one from the local shelter.
There are a great number of rescue organizations and no-kill sanctuaries in California, but these are just a sampling of some across the state.
Monterey: Animal Friends Rescue Project
Palm Springs: Animal Samaritans (Thousand Palms)
Tips for Welcoming Your New Cat Home:
• Have feeding bowls and water bowls all ready at home
• Purchase some quality kitty food
• Have your cat litter box set up in a convenient spot for kitty
• Have a veterinarian in mind since you’ll want to take kitty in for a checkup within the first week you adopt.
• Be patient; cats need time to feel safe and secure in their new surroundings
• If you have other pets, introduce your new cat to them slowly so no one feels threatened or jealous
• Additional Tips from Petfinder.com
Are you planning on bringing a cat into your home? Let us know your happily ever after stories!