Cats are fun, loving, and cuddly creatures. Plus, they are relatively easy companions. It’s no wonder that they are the second most popular pet in America, after freshwater fish. In fact, there are about 93.6 million cats in American households!

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and it’s also the height of kitten season, according to the ASPCA. As more kittens are born, many will end up in shelters and will need to be adopted. Many shelters are already full of animals, as approximately 6.5 million homeless animals end up in a U.S. shelter every year.

Soon, the ASPCA will see a massive influx of homeless and newborn kittens. Curious how you can help? We’re so glad you asked!

  1. Volunteer your time. Animal shelters are often looking for volunteers to play with the animals, take them on walks, and help out in various different ways. Even an hour or two will help!
  2. Donate supplies or money. Many shelters are in need of cleaning supplies, towels, toys, blankets, and other resources. Check with your shelter to see what they need!
  3. Adopt a new feline friend. If you have been thinking about adding a new furry friend to your household, consider adopting!
  4. Promote it on social media. If you have Facebook or Twitter, go ahead and promote “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” on your social media pages with links to your local shelter or websites with more information.
  5. Simply say “thank you.” It’s alright if you don’t have the resources to make a donation or adopt a new friend. A simple “thank you” to your local shelter can go a long way.

On the fence about adopting a cat? Check out Thomas Labs’ 6 reasons to adopt a cat!

1. Low-Maintenance

Cats are relatively low-maintenance pets, which makes them a great option for busy families. They are naturally independent and don’t require a lot of supervision. They also don’t require daily walks, making them ideal for apartment and city dwellers.

Of course, they need the essentials—food, water, a litter box, and veterinary care. And don’t forget to clean their teeth and provide some toys, like a scratching post. But you don’t have to bathe cats, as they are usually efficient groomers.

2. No Need to Housetrain

Cats pretty much potty train themselves. You simply set up a litter box, and most cats quickly figure out how to use it. This means you don’t have to worry about rushing home before your cat has an accident, and you don’t have to go out in the rain or snow to let your cat out. Win-win!

3. Entertainment

Cats are simply amusing. They can spend hours entertaining themselves (and you!) with toys and random household items. Watching your cat play is sure to put you in a good mood.

4. Often Costs Less

You can often adopt a cat for a relatively low fee. The adoption price often includes the cost of spaying or neutering, up-to-date vaccinations, and sometimes microchipping. Some rescues and shelters even include a bag of food and other extras, like pet insurance.

5. Health Benefits

Believe it or not, there are many health benefits of having a pet. Having a pet can help reduce loneliness, decrease stress, and boost your mood. Studies have even shown that having a pet has been attributed to lowering blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. Plus, having a pet can help decrease allergies and improve the overall immune system in children.

6. Save a Life

According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 3 million pets are euthanized each year, simply because there are too many animals in shelters. If you adopt a cat, you’ll be saving a life and giving an animal a second chance of love and happiness. Making them part of your family and giving them a forever home is surely a gift! Plus, you’ll open up a space at the shelter for another animal that might need it.