Each spring we watch our gardens bloom, grass grow, and rejoice in warmer weather. But let’s not forget our four-legged friends when we’re tending our yards and gardens because spring also means more newborn animals added to shelters across the country. We’re all animal lovers here at The Special Needs Trust Network and we all have animals as members of our families. So as it’s June 1, we’d like to remind you that it’s National Shelter Cat Adoption Month.
The positive effects that animal companions have on humans are well researched; ordinary interactions with animals can lower blood pressure and increase survival rates after a heart attack, and teach children nurturing behavior and appreciation of non-verbal communication. For those people living alone animals provide companionship and increase the opportunity of meeting people. Our care managers see the positive effects that companion and service animals have on our clients and we’re also able to create a pet trust or add the companion animal into a clients will as needed.
During this month, many shelters are waiving their adoption fees on adult cats. One such shelter here in Colorado is the Dumb Friends League in Denver who is waiving their fee this month on both adult cats and dogs 1-year or older. See their adoption info by clicking here: Dumb Friends League adoption. If you’re looking to add a new four-legged member to your family here are some tips on cat adoption from the American Humane Association.
- If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
- Find a cat whose personality matches with yours.
- Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
- Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
- Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
- Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
- Cat-proof your home. Many plants, household items, cleaners, and foods are toxic to pets.
- Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
- Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
- If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.
From my personal experience as a long-time pet adopter you don’t have to look for that cute, cuddly, kitten (or puppy, for that matter) but adopting an adult animal may actually fit your lifestyle a lot better. Adults are more sedate, just as loving, and most are already trained. Also make sure you’re not allergic, and that the adopting agency will help you with issues and if any issues become untenable that you can return the animal to the rescue group or shelter. Please make sure your new family member has an identification tag and/or microchip with your current phone and address in case they might get lost and please be patient with your new family member as they adjust to life in your house and your routines.
The Special Needs Trust Network is located in Colorado where we are fortunate to have one of the world’s best veterinary teaching hospitals located at Colorado State University. They not only provide great medical services to our companion animals and livestock but also have a pet hospice program that offers in home end-of-life care for terminally ill companion animals and emotional support and education for their families. The pet hospice relies on volunteers and donations. If you’re in the Fort Collins, CO area on June 4th there is a fun event to support the pet hospice. The Blues Benefit for Pet Hospice will be held at the Canyon Chophouse back patio from 5 pm – 8:30 pm. See more details here: Blues Benefit for CSU Pet Hospice
Whether you choose to adopt a cat or kitten remember don’t stress. Have fun, enjoy, and learn from your new companion.
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