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adopt a shelter cat month

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
May 30, 2019

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National Adopt a shelter Cat Month

If you have been thinking about adopting a cat or even know someone who wants to, June is a great month to consider adopting. Salt Lake County Animal Services is hosting CATurday on June 8 to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Cat month.

Animal shelters are filled with wonderful pets in need of good homes and cats make up much of this population. June is one of the busiest months for animal shelters and being able to find good homes for the many animals can be challenging.

Approximately 3.2 million cats end up in shelters every year, including thousands born every spring and summer during “kitten season.” While plenty of cats still enter shelters each year, the number coming into the shelter is on the downswing from just a few years ago.

People prefer kittens over cats when adopting. About 82% of kittens are adopted from shelters while only 60% of cats get adopted. Adopting a furry friend can bring a lot of joy into your life and even lower stress and there are plenty of cats and kittens in animal shelters who need a good home.

Cats are perfect companions for families or individuals. While it is true that they are very affectionate, they can also be independent creatures allowing you to keep your freedom but gain a lot of love, not to mention they are self-cleaning. Adopting a pair of cats may be less work then getting a solo kitty. Bonded pairs can keep each other company and are less likely to take out their boredom on your house.

Worried if your cat would be able to get a long with a new cat? While it is recommended that you do a gradual introduction to reduce stress if you give it time they will likely become friends, at the very least many cats will learn to tolerate each other.

Remember adopting an animal is a long-term commitment even if your adopting an adult cat. Your new friend will likely be with you for years to come. Indoor cats live for an average of 12-15 years, but it is also perfectly normal for well cared for cats to live to be 20 years old.

Thinking of adopting?

Join us for Caturday on June 8 from 10 AM - 6 PM, for a cat adoption extravaganza! Cat adoption fees will be $10 and Kittens (6 months and under) will be $20. While supplies last we will be giving out cat adoption baskets, that have toys, treats, and other goodies for your new feline family member!

There will be booths from local vendors:
Pet Wants Sandy
Scentsy with Rebecca
ColorStreet with Stacy
Old Farm Pet Resort
One Balanced World
Street Dawg Crew of Utah
VCA Willow Creek Pet Center
Your Dog Friendly Agent
Ginger Bee Artwork

Questions? Email adoptions@slco.org.