Naturally Rockford: June is ‘Adopt a Cat’ month

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This June, celebrate the age-old grace and beauty of cats. Adopt a feline friend during Adopt-A-Cat Month!

Every spring and summer, Winnebago County Animal Services is overwhelmed with litters of kittens. These kittens are in addition to all the adult cats who find their way into the shelter as strays and owner-released cats. There is not always the space or the resources to take care of that many animals. Nationwide, out of the millions of cats who enter shelters each year, only about one in four are adopted into loving homes. In fact, most of them—more than 70 percent of them—must be euthanized. Luckily, Winnebago County Animal Services has a slightly lower rate of 67 percent being euthanized; however, you can help lower that rate even more by adopting a furry feline.

Why adopt a cat?

Everyone knows pets can reduce your blood pressure and help prevent heart disease. But cats can provide benefits that other pets can’t. Here are some other reasons to adopt a cat:

Having a cat fights depression and loneliness.

Cats are entertaining to watch and fun to play with.

Cats provide companionship.

Cats will cuddle up with you on a cold evening.

Cats are independent and can be left alone while you’re at work.

A cat’s mere presence will ward off unwanted mice and pests.

Cats are comfortable in small spaces like apartments.

Cats are very clean; they bathe themselves!

A cat’s purr is instantly calming and relaxing.

Cats are affectionate

Just 15 minutes a day of playing with you will satisfy a cat.

Cats are easy to house train, especially adult cats, who are probably already house trained.

Cats bring a little bit of the wild into your house.

Indoor cats and spayed/neutered cats live long lives, providing up to 20 years of companionship.

Taking care of a cat can help teach a child responsibility and humane values.

Lots of cats need good homes; when you adopt one, you’re saving a life!

Also, if anyone is interested in helping with cat adoptions or fostering, visit for more information or to download a volunteer application.

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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