Cats have become viral video internet stars and some have even gained a following of millions on Instagram. So it’s surprising to find out that shelters are absolutely overfilled with some of the coolest cats around.
Felines are also the most at-risk animals, accounting for 69% of animals euthanized in shelters in the United States according to bestfriends.org. Therefore, it is imperative that they are placed quickly into loving homes.
June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month”. This month was set aside to highlight the great need for cat adoptions and publicize why a shelter is the best place to find your next furry friend.
“By adopting a cat, you’re not only saving that particular cat, but you also make space for the next cat coming into a shelter,” said Samantha Bell to KLOVE. Bell is head of adoptions at the Best Friends Animal Society.
Here are some tips on how to pick the right cat or kitten for your lifestyle:
Are you someone constantly on the go? Check to see if your local shelter has two cats that have grown up together. It warms the heart to see two cats who already love each other get to stay together. While the owner is away, the feline friends will have each other for company and security.
Are you more of an introvert and work from home? You’ll likely want a kitten who likes to play because you’ll be around to give it the attention it needs and craves.
If you don’t have any other pets, you’re perfect for the kinds of cats who are great with people but terrified of other cats. These are the ones who don’t always make a great first impression at the shelter because they are surrounded by others, but they will thrive when settled at home with you.
Just as every child has their own personality and energy, every pet will react differently. Take the entire family to the shelter to see how well the animals take to each family member.
You’ll have the best odds of finding the perfect match by keeping an open mind. It doesn’t do any good to get hung up on things like gender, color or age. Just as all people are individuals with different personalities, cats don’t fit into stereotypes either. Don’t be too quick to count out an animal just because it’s not a fluffy, orange female.
If you’re still unsure which cat is the best fit for you and your family, just ask the experts. Talk to the staff or volunteers at the shelter about your home and your lifestyle. Tell them if you live with a large family, if you have other pets, and who/what you come in contact with on a daily basis. They are the ones who are most familiar with the animals and they will be happy to guide you to the cat that will become your best friend.
The Vicksburg Animal Shelter is located at 100 Old Mill Road. Cat adoption fees are $60 unless the cat is already spayed or neutered. Then it is $30. The $60 fee includes the spay/neuter and basic vaccinations. The number is 601-636-6982. The Facebook page is here.