Between 6 and 8 million companion animals end up in shelters annually according to the Humane Society. That’s a lot of cats and dogs (as well as birds, bunnies and more). Sadly, more than half of those animals never find a home and end up being put to sleep. Approximately 70% of shelter cats are put down – all of which would have made wonderful companions for people seeking a furry friend.
Check out these statistics from the HSUS ~
- 26 percent—Percentage of pet cats who were adopted from an animal shelter
- 3,500—Number of animal shelters in USA
- 6 to 8 million—Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year
- 2.7 million—Number of adoptable cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year (more cats than dogs)
But June is a special time – it’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month. The cats on the farm were all adopted, and shelter cats make fanastic, loving companions.
Just ask Nigel – he loves going for a stroll with folks around the farm! What would our farm be without Nigel, Billy and Tank – the cats who live here!?
Most shelters in the United States aim to provide a safe and healthy environment for homeless animals until they find a home, or are placed with an adoption organization that will find them new guardians. In Howard County, we are lucky to have Kitties and Pitties, a no-kill cat and dog rescue, as well as the Howard County Cat Club, another no-kill cat adoption group as well as Small Miracles no-kill shelter for dogs and cats.
If you live in Baltimore, visit the Maryland SPCA – they are waiving adoption fees for ALL cats during June to mark Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. BARCS and The Baltimore Humane Society also have cats that would love to come home with you if you’re in Baltimore city or county. Many organizations have lower adoption fees for adult cats, too.
We hope that those of you thinking of bringing a feline into the family will consider a shelter cat!