Three years ago this week, we said good-bye to the cat in the box. I adopted Scarlett and her brother Rhett as goofy little kittens and they went on to live long spoiled lives with me. It was very hard to say good-bye after 19 years and even harder for me to understand the plight of cats nationwide. Next Tuesday is National Cat Day, which is part of a movement by the Animal Miracle Network to help increase adoptions and shed light on the plight of cats in America.
Although cats outnumber dogs in our homes by 12 million according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, they have become America’s disposable pet. National statistics show that cats are far more likely to be relinquished to a shelter or rescue than dogs. Once at an open access shelter, a staggering seven in 10 cats don’t make it out alive. You read that correctly seven in 10.
At shelters, kittens tend to find a home but if it’s an adult cat, a senior, a black cat, a shy cat or cat with any health issues, they often have a slim chance at rescue. The Animal Miracle Network has designated October 29 as National Cat Day to help increase adoptions and to also shed light on these sad feline statistics.
Each year, the organization shoots for 10,000 cat adoptions nationally and helped find homes for over 12,000 cats in 2012. They’ve picked the end of October and Halloween week because the black cat that has become such a symbol for Halloween takes the longest to find a home in shelters. While I’m a huge proponent of adult cat adoption, it’s not always the right thing or right time for everyone. With that in mind, here six ways to celebrate National Cat Day –
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