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Make a Difference: Today Is Change a Pet’s Life Day

If you can't adopt a cat, you can donate time, money or supplies to a shelter.

Kellie B. Gormly  |  Jan 24th 2017


Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting area of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our January/February 2017 issue. Click here to subscribe to Catster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home.

We all love our cats and want to make every day they spend with us a happy one. That said, it doesn’t hurt to set aside a special, official day — in this case, today, Jan. 24 — to affect the lives of cats and other pets, not just our own.

Change a Pet’s Life Day — which a group of animal lovers started in 2009 — encourages adoption of shelter pets and raises awareness about issues facing shelter animals. The day also aims to recognize the volunteers and staff members of shelters and rescue groups and the hard work they do to improve animal lives.

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Ann Dunn co-founded Cat Town Cafe in Oakland.

Hundreds of shelters across the country will do their part today by offering reduced adoption rates or other adoption specials.

For Change a Pet’s Life Day, maybe you can make a donation to one of your local shelters or rescue groups. You can do a quick online monetary donation, or stop by the shelter with supplies such as blankets or cat food. Call the shelter first to see what items are needed and what brand of cat food the kitties eat. Consider beginning a volunteering gig, too, either working at the shelter or fostering kittens and cats in your home.

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Pepita is among the cats who’ve been up for adoption at Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary, located in New Jersey.

And if your current cat or cats could use an extra brother or sister — and you have the room — why not adopt another ball of furry love?

If you already do volunteer work with pets and have all the cats you can handle, you can post about Change a Pet’s Life Day on social media. Hopefully, your post will inspire a friend to go help and even adopt a kitty.

About the author: Kellie B. Gormly is a Pittsburgh-based journalist otherwise known as “Mother Catresa” to homeless kittens and cats. She blogs about her adventures in fostering at Mother Catresa’s Chronicle.