Spring is typically thought of as the time for new beginnings: fresh flowers bloom, the sunshine returns, and baby animals are everywhere you look. Despite the fact that Ohio, and the United States in general, is experiencing a problem with pet overpopulation, new animals are born every day – but not all of them have homes.
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) encourages interested individuals to consider adopting a cat from a rescue or shelter this month. June is dubbed Adopt a Cat Month, and now is the perfect time to consider bringing a kitten or full-grown cat into your family’s home. By adopting a cat from a shelter, rather than buying one at a pet store, you’re giving a new beginning to one (or two!) of the estimated 70-plus million stray cats across the country.
Even though there are so many cats without homes, only 10 to 20 percent of the 85 million owned cats in the U.S. were adopted from rescue groups and shelters. However, this is arguably the best way to get a cat! In many cases, shelter animals are already spayed or neutered, which saves you both time and money, and helps control the pet overpopulation. Furthermore, many cats adopted from a shelter have also been vaccinated, provided with flea control medicine and, in some cases, implanted with a microchip in case the animal is lost after adoption.
Owned cats live longer, healthier lives than strays. Proper nutrition, regular veterinary care, safe shelter and lots of affection will keep your new friend around for years to come. If you would like to offer a home to a kitten or cat, please support your local shelter or rescue by opting for adoption.
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