ASPCA Celebrates June as Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Friday, 1 June 2001

Adopting from a shelter helps reduce the pet overpopulation crisis.

The numbers speak for themselves. Every year 70% (3 to 4 million) of cats that enter the nation's shelters are euthanized. Cats breed in the Spring, bringing into the world thousands of unwanted kittens most of whom find themselves being brought to already overcrowded shelters. Few people are aware that one female cat and her offspring can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in seven years.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is celebrating June as Adopt A Shelter Cat Month to educate people about the wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption and why adopting animals from shelters is a crucial part of reducing the pet overpopulation crisis.

"Far too many people have negative impressions about shelter animals. They think that animals are relinquished either because they are ill or have behavioral issues," says ASPCA President and CEO Dr. Larry Hawk. "This is certainly not the case. The majority of animals that find themselves in shelters are a result of people's carelessness or lack of education about responsible pet ownership."

The Internet has been a great asset in helping to reduce the number of homeless animals. By logging onto www.petfinder.org people can now view millions of adoptable animals online in the comforts of home. ASPCA's Petfinder lists close to 2,000 shelters and rescue groups together and enables people to view animals by type, age, breed and location.

For more information, or to contact American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, see their website at: www.aspca.org

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