October 29 is National Cat Day! For those hoping to celebrate this day by giving back to our feline friends, here are some ways to get involved:
1. Volunteer at a shelter
A great way to help kittens and cats in need is volunteering at a local animal shelter or cat rescue. Shelters are always looking for committed volunteers to help feed, socialize and care for the animals, and you can have lots of fun helping cats find their forever homes. Contact your local animal rescue organization to learn more about their needs, or search for opportunities on All For Good.
2. Donate pet supplies
Shelters often run under tight budget restrictions, and welcome donations for their feline residents. Food, litter, treats, blankets, and towels are on most shelters’ wish lists, but it’s best to contact your local organization directly to find out what they need most.
3. Become a kitten foster parent
If you’re not ready to become a full-time pet owner but still want to help cats in need, many shelters and rescue organizations are in need of short-term foster parents—a commitment usually ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Because of their age or their health, some kittens need more attention than what the shelter can provide, making foster homes key to a healthy start. Foster programs are usually based locally, so a good way to get connected is by contacting your local shelter.
4. Adopt a cat
What better way to celebrate National Cat Day than to bring home a kitty companion of your own? There are thousands of cats in shelters that need forever homes, so if you’re ready to become a cat owner this is the perfect time to take the plunge! When you adopt from local shelters and rescue groups, you give a homeless animal a second chance. Find out how to best prepare for cat ownership, learn how to evaluate where to adopt your cat, and find an adoptable cat in your area.
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