5 Benefits to Adopting a Shelter Cat
Are you wondering where to get kittens or cats?
It’s a great idea to adopt from a shelter! Here are the benefits:
Of course, adopting a pet from an animal rescue shelter means you are rescuing an animal that needs a home. But there are other benefits you may not have considered:
It is less expensive than buying from a breeder or pet shop.
You will help reduce the overpopulation of cats. One shelter, The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) in Des Moines, IA, in one year, cared for 9,709 cats!
At a good shelter, cats are spayed or neutered, dewormed and vaccinated before they are adopted. They are also microchipped, so if lost in the future they can be reunited with their owners. The shelter may also have a current medical history or pet history from a previous guardian.
A good shelter does its best to maintain a cat’s sociability with humans and other animals. The ARL, for example, has cat “condos” (see the video, below) for healthy cat play. They also have summer getaway program with shelter cats going to foster homes, so they have a chance to live in a real home or business. It gives them a break from kennels and gives foster guardians the chance to see how the cat behaves around other animals or children. At our company, Landauer, we are currently fostering several cats until they can find forever families. Also the ARL of Iowa now has a Mommy and Me program, where a kitten can be adopted with its mother.
An older cat is most likely to be litter-trained and may be trained in other ways as well. One wrong assumption many potential adopters make is that pets are in shelters due to behavioral problems. Not so. A previous owner may have loved the animal but didn’t feel he or she could properly care for the pet.
It is true that an animal used to affection may at first be stressed by sudden changes, especially if not used to sleeping in a cage. It may miss its previous owner, so need extra patience, assurance, guidance and some adjustment time. Some shelter pets get some time in foster get-away homes. Our publishing office at Landauer is currently fostering a pair of very sweet cats who need a permanent home (preferably together, as they are buddies.)
Here at this site we will be offering you far more than just a lead on where to get kittens, cats, or other animals. We’ll also offer many tips (based on age of a pet) on how to help socialize a cat in a new home, so stay tuned!
See this video about the Des Moines state-of-the art ARL pet shelter that helped in the creation of our resources for you. In one year, that shelter served 18,484 animals (50 new animals per day), including 9709 cats and kittens.
Here the ARL is interviewed by DSM Living:
Excerpt from the cat book : For Love of Cats, by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.™ Contributors: Tom Colvin, Carol Griglione, Mick McAuliffe. ©2012 Landauer Publishing LLC; Text © 2012 Animal Rescue League of Iowa.