June is a very important month in the world of animal welfare. Petfinder.com has declared the sixth month of the year Adopt a Shelter Cat Month in order to spread awareness about the plight of stray cats during the height of kitten season.
I can’t speak for all parts of the world but the numbers of homeless cats in my province of Nova Scotia are pretty staggering. This may be a dog blog, but I can’t ignore the animals in need sitting right outside my door. We don’t have a dog overpopulation problem, not in Halifax. We do have a disgustingly large cat problem. Tragically, it is only getting worse every year. No one wants to take responsibility either. Not the city, not the majority of the residents. Certainly not the provincial government.
Unfortunately, the overpopulation issues don’t just affect people who love animals, they hurt us all. An over-abundance of stray and feral cats can cause property destruction and aid in the decrease of bird populations. Because cats are not native to all parts of the world, a large uncontrolled population can lead to irreparable environmental deterioration. Furthermore, even people who do love cats can find strays to be more than a small nuisance. No one enjoys finding cat poop in the garden. Stray and feral cats are a problem created by everyone, by our own negligence. Therefore, in order to solve said problem, in order to get these animals off the streets, it is going to require a community-wide solution. Just not feeding them isn’t the answer. Even when cats are starving they can still mate.
The more I research the lack of laws for cats, the sadder I feel. As someone who is a learned cat lover, who used to be afraid of them, I have now taken it on as my personal mission to help prove cats have just as much value as dogs.
Last year for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month I shared a list of reasons why cats make brilliant pets. I still maintain a house is not truly a home unless there is a cat tucked up inside. At the very least, you’ll never have to worry about mice! This year, instead of writing a single blog post, I have decided to take a moment each day to share the story of a cat currently living in a shelter, looking for that elusive forever home. If even one cat is adopted as a result of my campaign, I think I will have accomplished something pretty great.
Because I am a little slow on the uptake and have missed the first week of June (thanks to Chronicles of Cardigan for the heads-up!), I will catch up by showcasing two cats who are in need of good families. If you can look at their sweet, whiskered faces and not want to scoop them up immediately, I question your sanity.
This inquisitive boy is Winslow and he is available for adoption at the Colchester SPCA. According to his profile, this cutie was found wandering alone before he was brought to the shelter. The name they gave him was appropriate as it means “hill belonging to wine” and this little guy is all about having a good time. His friends at the shelter say he is playful and enjoys following them around. Unlike some cats (ahem, Kitty Meister) it sounds like Winslow regularly seeks out human companionship and would make a lovely pet for anyone willing to take a chance.
http://seg.sharethis.com/getSegment.php?purl=http%3A%2F%2Frescuedinsanity.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost.php%3Fpost%3D4331%26action%3Dedit%26message%3D10&jsref=&rnd=1339282457365Or perhaps the lovely Panda Bear is more your speed. She is spending her days at the SPCA shelter in Miramichi. Just look at those gorgeous whiskers! It’s hard not to be a sucker for such beauty. True to her name, Panda is a sweet girl who can be a little timid with strangers. She spent a few months as a stray before being live-trapped and brought to the shelter, so he understandably will need a little time before she adjusts to a new home. But with the right family, I am sure she will return to her snuggly self in no time.
Those are only two of the over 145,000 cats listed on Petfinder still waiting for homes. If adoption isn’t possible, there are many things people can do to help ease some of the burden cats create on shelters this time of year. Even something as small as changing a Facebook status to share your concerns can make a big difference. Or maybe you have the space to foster a mama cat and her kittens. Check out Petfinder for more great ideas and to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!
Cats are awesome. It’s about time everyone got on the feline bandwagon, don’t you think?