Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | June 15, 2010

Adopt-A-Cat Month

Frosty Hopes to Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month With You!

With my help, Second Chance Humane Society is celebrating the American Humane Association’s national Adopt-A-Cat Month this June. It’s an ideal time to adopt a feline, since the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of kittens and cats to the nation’s shelters.

“Whether you’re looking for a fun, frisky kitten or a mellow, mature cat, you’ll find the perfect feline at our shelter,” says Heather Hart, the new Shelter Manager for Second Chance. “We have cats of all breeds, ages and personalities, and they’re all looking for loving, permanent homes.” Second Chance encourages people to enrich their lives by adopting a cat.

American Humane offers these tips to consider when adopting:

 • Age: While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to being handled by inquisitive toddlers.

 • Number: It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species.

 • Personality: Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks.

 • Coat: The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.

• Nutrition and health: Good nutrition and twice-a-year vet visits will help your cat stay healthy and happy

. Tags and microchips: Millions of cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year — but only about 2 percent of cats without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. Make sure your cat wears a collar and identification tag. Additionally, microchipping your cat provides permanent identification and are available at SCHS.

 • Prepare your home: Adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore, so beware of possible hazards. Some houseplants may be toxic – check with your vet for details.

• Kids and cats: Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy. Rough handling can lead to injuries to both the cat and the child.

• Dogs and cats: Cats and dogs often enjoy each other’s company, but great care must be taken when introducing these two species. If you have a dog, you can bring him to the shelter to meet the cat in a controlled environment before you adopt. Most cats will be frightened the first time they see a dog and will need time to accept a canine companion.

Adopting a cat from your local shelter will enrich your world in so many different ways:

 • Cats will keep you entertained with their playful antics.

• Cats are very affectionate and love to cuddle with you.

• Having a cat can reduce your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.

• Cats are very clean — they bathe themselves! • Cats are independent and can be left alone while you are at work.

• Cats do not need to be housebroken — using the litter box comes naturally to them.

• Cats do not need a lot of space. They are perfect pets for apartments and smaller homes.

• Taking care of a cat can help teach children responsibility and humane values.

• Approximately 4 million homeless cats end up in animal shelters every year in the United States. By adopting, you’ll be saving a life.

My name is Frosty and I am one of many baby kittens here at Second Chance hoping that you will celebrate Adopt-A-Cat Month by providing a home for a feline in need.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs. Visit our shelter pets online: http://www.secondchancehumanesociety.org. Direct Pet Column questions to: kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.org. Photo by Real Life Photographs.

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