Today is Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day, promoting shelter pet adoptions. Today I’ve several “treats” to share and hope you’ll spread the furry bounty. Millions of homeless animals end up in shelters every year. Half of the pets that go into shelters die there, because time runs out before they can be adopted. How can caring pet lovers stem the furry tide?
Janice Brown, Founder of Tails Magazine, has started a letter-writing campaign called “Letters for Pets,” urging President Obama to declare April 30th National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by Presidential Proclamation. Listen to the show to learn how you can add your vote to help shelter pets find forever homes! This Pet Peeves radio show offers the details: Vote! For National Pet Adopt A Shelter Pet Day.
My colleague Lee Wardlaw’s latest book looks at adoption from a cat’s eye view, and defines the feline in superb lyrical style in a children’s gorgeous picture book that adults won’t want to miss. Every shelter kitty adoption should also get a copy of this book! Check out her other award winning children’s books at Lee’s website, and read the review of Won Ton, A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. It will make you want one of these adorable shelter animals for yourself and give you a deeper appreciation for what furry waifs go through.
About 4 million cats like Won Ton pass through United States shelters annually, and most never make it out alive. A top killer of cats in shelters might surprise you—it’s kitty colds! What can we do to stop this horrible situation? Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California–Davis conducted shelter cat studies and has tips that not only save cat lives, but also save shelters $3 million a year! Please share this good news from another Pet Peeves radio show: Shelter Cats and Kitty Colds – Saving Lives and Money.
A decade ago, I visited more than forty shelters throughout the United States, offering free behavior advice and explaining why cats do weird things, for example. Easy training tips showed pet lovers how to train their pets to prevent behavior “problems” that often brought pets to the shelter in the first place. I’m proud today to turn the blog over to some of the kitties that I met over that four-year period and who as a result finally got their “forever home.” There are dozens of kittens, puppies, and adult dogs and cats just like these, yearning for your loving touch—please support your local shelter! And honor the love you share with your fur-kids by helping any way you can.
Woofs & purrs,
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