June 18, 2015 12:05 pm admin
by Pamela Fitzpatrick
Incredibly, over 4 million cats end up in shelters every year, including thousands born every spring and summer during “kitten season.” To help promote adoptions of shelter cats, humane societies across the county celebrate June as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month.
Do you have room in your heart and home for a feline friend? If you do, seriously consider adopting an adult shelter cat. We all love kittens, but…They are almost always the ones that get adopted first. Adult cats have lots of love to offer. Older cats are usually surrendered to shelters due to no fault of their own. Most are abandoned because of allergies, illness or death of owners, a move to a new residence that does not allow pets, or the breakup of a relationship. Most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the cat.
The reality is, for many surrendered cats, this may well be their last chance. Separated from their loved ones, in a shelter they surrounded by other strange cats, confined, confused, and often frightened. Most people who adopt head straight towards the adorable kittens. Older cats sit by and watch, as one loving family after another passes them over for a cute kitten.
Here are just a few reasons to adopt an adult shelter cat:
Older cats have well established personalities. This makes it easier to ensure a good match between the cat and members of your family
Older cats are already housebroken.
Kittens take a lot of WORK! Remember, they are babies- they require a lot of extra care and attention. Anyone who’s ever had a kitten knows how much trouble they can get into if not supervised.
Kittens are delicate- if you have small children in your family, an older cat may be a better choice. It’s very easy for a kitten to be injured accidentally.
With a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care, most cats can now live into their teens, and maybe even into their twenties. An older cat still has a lot of life left to live!
The most important reason of all: You’ll be giving a cat a chance at a happy home and a good life. By adopting a cat, you’re saving a life!
Please visit the Town of Islip Shelter, just minutes away in Bayshore, they have cats of every age and personality just waiting for a loving home. Whether you prefer young adult and frisky or mature and mellow, you’re sure to find the perfect cat companion during Adopt-A-Cat Month!
TOWN OF ISLIP ANIMAL SHELTER. 210 S. Denver Ave Bay Shore, NY 11706 Phone: 631-224-5660