5 Ways You Can Change a Cat’s Life This Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June 7, 2024

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June is one of our favorite months of the year because it’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! This month is all about looking out for our feline friends in need and helping them get the second chances they deserve. But it’s not just up to us, we need YOUR help—and there are so many ways you can get involved. When you take action for cats in need, you are joining what we call The Rescue Effect. Helping cats in need through actions like adopting, fostering or donating helps create more space and resources in shelters for even more vulnerable animals.

See below for five easy ways you can make a lifesaving impact for cats and kittens this summer!

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1. Adopt—Like the name of this month implies, adopting is a huge way to help vulnerable cats and kittens nationwide. June is part of the height of feline breeding season, otherwise known as kitten season, where shelters across the country are inundated with kittens. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you make an impact that ripples throughout the entire shelter system – saving that animal’s life and making room for others. And who knows, you may just change your own life in the process!

You can adopt cats and kittens through the ASPCA in New York City or Los Angeles, or through your local shelter.

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2. Foster—If you’re not ready to commit to adopting a pet just yet, try fostering! Not only does it give you the opportunity to see if you’re ready to adopt, but it gives the animals the chance to decompress outside of the shelter for a little while and experience life in a loving home. During the summer months, the need for kitten fosters is especially high, and many rescues and shelters rely on foster caregivers’ support.

Similar to adopting, fostering a cat or kitten opens a space for an animal in need while your foster cat enjoys your love and attention while in your home.

You can foster through the ASPCA in New York City or Los Angeles, or through your local shelter.

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3. Donate Needed Supplies or Funds—Check in with your local shelter to see if they are requesting any donations like towels, blankets or pet food. You can also donate critical supplies through our Wish Lists to ASPCA programs across the country.

You can also consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian! Being an ASPCA Guardian is one of the easiest ways to make a difference for vulnerable animals year-round. If you’re able, your monthly donations can help us reach animals in need, at a moment’s notice, all across the country. 

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4. Volunteer—If you’re not in the position to donate funds, try donating your time by volunteering! Shelters across the country, including ours, are always looking for volunteers. Not only are you helping out shelters in need, but you get to see adorable cats and kittens every day, what could be better? Sign up to volunteer for the ASPCA or for your local shelter today! 

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5. Post on Social Media—Making a big difference is only a click away. You can use your social media channels to share content and information from our social media accounts or from your local shelters. You can help adoptable animals get the visibility they need to find their loving home.

Be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagramTikTok and X!

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Ready to make a difference in a cat or kitten’s life? Take one of the actions above and join the Rescue Effect today!