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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Help Celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. If you're looking for a forever cat companion, check out Petfinder.com, where you can find a directory of more than 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Remember, when you adopt from a shelter you save two lives, the life of the animal you are adopting and the one who will take her place.

If you can't adopt, there are still ways to help:

Show Your Virtual Support
Dedicate your MySpace page, Facebook status, Tweet or blog to an adoptable cat and help spread the word about Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

Volunteer at Your Local Shelter
From playing with kittens and organizing fund-raising events, to fostering abused or frightened felines, shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers.

Donate Goods
Donate money or goods, including toys, crates, blankets or food to your local shelter. Always check to see what the shelter needs before donating.

Throw a Party
Organize an event for all your friends, and donate the proceeds to your favorite shelter in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.

Spread the Word
Talk to others about helping homeless animals. Encourage those who are looking for new companion animals to adopt an animal from a shelter.

Care for Feral Cats
The number of feral cats in the U.S. is estimated to be in the tens of millions. The ASPCA Feral Cat FAQ will teach you how to help protect and humanely control the feral cats in your neighborhood.

Help Stray Kittens
Warm weather brings outdoor fun—and kittens! During kitten season—which runs from early spring until late fall—neighborhoods and shelters across the country can become overwhelmed. Learn how you can help.

Promote Spaying and Neutering
Millions of adoptable cats are put to sleep in shelters every year. Help develop a spay/neuter outreach program in your community. Visit the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Database to see who in your community offers low-cost spay/neuter programs.

Contact the Media
Write a letter to the editor of your local or regional newspaper, reminding them that June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Be sure to include a heads-up about any adoption or fund-raising events happening at your local shelter.

Report Animal Cruelty
One of the best things you can do to for the cats in your community is to help crack down on animal cruelty. Visit the ASPCA Fight Animal Cruelty section for simple actions you can take to make the world a safer place for cats and other animal companions.

SOURCE: ASPCA

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