Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013

How to help cats at your local shelter during Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

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Even as June comes to an end, there’s still time to take part in Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! The nationwide initiative sponsored by the American Humane Association wishes to spread awareness of all the wonderful felines that are looking for permanent homes in shelters all over the U.S. While most of these facilities are searching for new owners to care for their animals, adopting a cat may not be conducive to your current lifestyle and may have to be put off for the time being. Luckily, you can still take the message of Adopt A Shelter Cat Month to heart and do your part to help out animal shelters in your area. Here are a few ways to get started.

Become a cat foster parent. During the height of summer, animal shelters are inundated with kittens and pregnant mothers, and they may not have space for all of these new arrivals. Becoming a cat foster parent is a wonderful way to ease the burden on your local rescue group and increase the chances that a pet can find a good home, reports Paws.org. In addition to relieving space, foster parents play an important role in socializing and helping their animals adapt to domestic life, which could be vitally important to increasing the cat’s chances of adoption.

Donate your skills. Whether you’re handy with a camera or some form of social media, there’s a good chance that you can offer your services to your local animal shelter to improve its visibility in your community. Volunteering your time to take pictures of the animals or improve their online presence could be side jobs that the present workers may not have the time to get to. This could dramatically improve the chances that the animals can be seen by individuals who wouldn’t normally visit the shelter and increase adoption rates in the process.

Donations. Cash donations are always appreciated by animal shelters as most of them are non-profit organizations, but there are a number of household items that could prove to be valuable for these facilities. PetSide.com suggests bringing in any old linens or pillows that can be used as cage liners and can improve overall comfort, cleaning supplies and rubber gloves to handle messes, food and litter and anything else you can contribute.

Running an animal shelter is hard work, so there’s certainly plenty you can do during Adopt A Shelter Cat Month to make an impact on the lives of shelter animals in your community. This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We know that adopting a dog or cat is a huge commitment, so we’re here to help you feel confident and become the best pet parent you can be.