In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, the ASPCA conducted a survey to identify what makes a cat the purrfect pet. The results showed that while those with cats have overwhelmingly positive experiences with their feline friends, non-pet owners lack an understanding of the benefits of having cats as pets.
Of the American adults surveyed, only 47% of non-pet owners believe cats make great companions, compared to 73% of cat owners. Additionally, fewer than half (46%) of non-pet owners agree that cats are low-maintenance, compared to an overwhelming 82% of cat owners. The survey also found that a vast majority of cat owners believe that cats are intelligent (77%), quiet (77%) and independent (71%).
“This survey further confirms what many of us already know—cats are intelligent animals that make excellent companions,” says Dr. Emily Weiss, ASPCA Vice President of Research & Development. “We hope that the public learns from the experiences of current cat owners that there are many benefits of welcoming a cat into your home.”
With 3.4 million cats entering shelters every year, we also hope that these survey results encourage the public to consider adopting a feline friend of their own. To find out how else you can make a difference during Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, check out our list of ways to get involved
The summer forecast at the ASPCA is cats, cats and more cats! Monday, June 1, not only kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—it also marks the height of kitten season, which is the time of year when felines breed. The ASPCA Animal Hospital and kitten nursery are are preparing for a massive influx of homeless and newborn cats, while the ASPCA Adoption Center is hoping to find more forever homes for felines than ever before. If you’re looking to make a difference for cats during this critical time of year, here are some ways you can get involved:
Adopt. Kitten season creates a tremendous population explosion, and animal shelters around the country will soon be flooded with cats in need of a home. You can make a major difference this season by adopting a new feline friend. At our Adoption Center in New York City, we are waiving adoption fees for cats over three years old, and we will waive one adoption fee for adopters who bring home two kittens. If you’re not in New York, you can use our handy database to find adoptable cats in your area.
Take our Pledge. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we also teamed up with Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and creator of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, to promote the awesomeness of rescued kitties. You can help show the world how great rescued cats are by signing our pledge to make adoption your only option and sharing your cat’s most adorable or wacky photo on social media using the hashtag #MyRescueCat.
Make a Gift. Kitten season is one of the most dangerous times of year for homeless cats and kittens. During this season, resources like food, money and space are stretched to the brink and virtually overnight, the number of cats begins to outweigh the number of available homes. The ASPCA is determined to make a difference, but your most generous donation today can support our efforts to curb kitten season and find a home for every animal. To help us save lives during kitten season and all year long, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today.
Sweetpea’s name says it all. This friendly and affectionate girl loves to cuddle and give kisses—not to mention, she has the cutest teddy bear face! Sweetpea loves playtime, but is happiest when curled up by your side for an afternoon nap.
Sweetpea already knows how to sit and give paw. We think she could easily learn a few more tricks, especially if her favorite treats are involved. This pretty girl wants to have your attention all to herself and would do best as the only pet in the household. Stop by the ASPCA Adoption Center to meet Sweetpea today!
Sweetpea is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Sweetpea, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Sweetpea, please visit her profile page.
Check out the video below to see Sweetpea play with her friend at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Shari is a social and friendly cat who loves playtime—it’s no wonder she’s a staff favorite! This long-haired beauty would be thrilled to go home with an adopter who will keep her looking and feeling her best with plenty of grooming and daily playtime with her favorite mouse toy.
Shari likes attention, but at times she can be sensitive about being picked up. This pretty lady prefers to have all four paws on the ground. Sometimes when she’s in a playful mood, Shari may grab on to your hands or nip your fingers, but our Adoptions team can help you correct this behavior. Shari would do best with an experienced adopter who is good at reading cat body language, and she prefers to be the only pet in an adults-only home. Visit our Adoption Center to meet Shari today!
Shariis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Shari, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Shari, please visit her profile page.
Watch Shari in action at the ASPCA Adoption Center by checking out the video below.
Cronus is a gentle giant who can’t wait to be your new best friend. He may be a little shy at first, but once he gets to know you, this goofball will never leave your side. His favorite thing? Playtime! This energetic boy is ready to run around with you all afternoon long.
Cronus is a smart dog who is learning to walk politely on a leash, but already knows his basic manners like sit, stay, down and roll over. Sometimes he can get nervous around other dogs and would love to go to a home with an experienced adopter where he can be the only dog. Stop by our Adoption Center to meet Cronus today!
Cronusis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Cronus, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Cronus, please visit his profile page.
Check out the video below to see Cronus play with his friend at the ASPCA Adoption Center.