Okay, folks, here’s the deal: Millions of cats enter local shelters across the country every year. Even with these staggering statistics at play, people are still turning to classified ads and pet stores to buy their new kittens. What’s up with that?
Be their voice! Sure it sounds easy, but with so many more cats than there are homes, we need you to speak up…and loudly. Encourage folks looking for new pets to adopt an animal from a shelter. Try dedicating your Facebook status, Tweet or blog post to an adoptable cat each week.
Volunteer at Your Local Shelter. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of homeless cats. From playing with kittens to organizing adoption events, shelters across the country are always in need of volunteers. Be sure to visit our Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter for more suggestions.
Promote Spaying and Neutering. It’s a fact: Spayed or neutered cats are generally happier, healthier and live longer lives. Plus, many communities offer low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics that help make it easy for everyone to do the right thing. Spread the word with our Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet.
Yesterday more than 400 cats and dogs found new forever homes during day one of our mega adoption event in Joplin. That’s a whole lot of happy animals. But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding—so check out this awwww-inspiring slideshow of some of our favorite moments from day one.
In the coming days, we’ll post many more photos and happy tails, so be sure to stay tuned to ASPCA.org. And don’t forget, there are still 200 sweet and social pets who are available for adoption today, day two of our adopt-a-thon at Joplin Humane Society! Follow @ASPCA on Twitter for all the latest action.
This weekend was one of healing for thousands of Joplin residents who joined their neighbors to find homes for more than 700 animals displaced by last month’s tornado. By the end of day two of our adopt-a-thon at the Joplin Humane Society, all cats and dogs were happily ensconced in their new families’ arms.
We are truly humbled by the amazing generosity of our fellow animal lovers and volunteers and, most of all, the hard work and compassion of our colleagues at the Joplin Humane Society. But, of course, none of this weekend’s successes would have been possible without you—our supporters.
For that reason, we want to issue a big THANKS to all those who opened their hearts and homes to Joplin and its pets. Whether you traveled many miles to show your support or adopt an animal, or followed our blog, Facebook and Twitter updates, you truly made a difference.
Together we changed the lives of hundreds of cats and dogs and helped a community continue to recover its incredible spirit.
Please stay tuned to ASPCA.org in the coming days to read inspiring Joplin adoption stories and see many more photos of happy pets and their new families!
We are completely floored by the amazing outpouring of support at the first day of the adoption event at the Joplin Humane Society. Thanks to the generosity of pet lovers like you, and the inspiring resilience of Joplin’s residents, hundreds of pets left homeless by last month’s tornado are sleeping in new beds tonight.
In fact, as of this writing, more than 400 animals at our emergency shelter have been adopted. For the second day of the event on Sunday, June 26, we expect another 200 animals will be available. Remember though, even if you can't make it to Joplin, you can make just as meaningful an impact by adopting a pet from your local shelter. And we’re certain there are many sweet and lovable animals waiting patiently for forever homes in a shelter near you.
Pets just like the three-year-old Schnauzer and Lab puppy who were adopted by sisters Amanda and Stephanie Dooghe. The Dooghes’ grandmother—and her beloved dog—perished in the Joplin storm. The sisters decided to lend a helping hand at the adopt-a-thon and went home with these adorable new additions to their family—much to the delight of their kids!
Many thanks again to the amazing citizens of Joplin and the surrounding communities who came out in droves to adopt! Stay tuned to www.aspca.org/blog and @ASPCA on Twitter for additional coverage of the weekend’s events as well as stories and photos of hundreds of happy endings in the coming days.
In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, this guest blog is written by Lacy Paap, a longtime supporter of the ASPCA and proud pet parent of Smedley.
A seven-year-old orange tabby with dental disease, Smedley had been passed over for months at my local shelter. He didn't stand much of a chance. But for me, it was love at first rub.
As I sat down to pet a few of the cats, Smedley came right over and began to head butt me repeatedly. He then made himself cozy in my lap as if we'd already spent years together. At this point, no other cat stood a chance. This was my guy.
Today, this senior boy continues to give the best cat rubs you can imagine and spends every possible moment snuggling with me. He loves indiscriminately and has a surplus of adorable habits that charm everyone he meets.
Smedley is my feline soul mate, and he embodies the meaning of unconditional love. Take a chance on an older shelter cat—I'm so glad I did!