June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, a holiday which sheds light on the countless adoptable cats who are sitting in shelters, waiting for homes. The numbers and the need skyrocket during kitten season in the spring and summer. The most obvious thing to do would be to adopt a cat from a shelter, but how do you recognize this important holiday if you’re not in the position to adopt a cat at the moment (or, if you’re like me and your home has already reached its kitty capacity)? Here are several ways to recognize Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, even if you can’t adopt a cat right now:
1. Share Social Posts That Encourage People to Adopt a Cat
Whether it’s a heart-warming rescue story, a post looking for foster parents, a photo of cute, adoptable kittens, or just a general “Like” to a local or national no-kill rescue organization, it’s as easy as hitting SHARE or LIKE. Your friends and followers will see your shares, likes, and follows, and it may influence them to adopt a cat or give back to the cause, too.
2. Donate Used Items to Your Local Shelter
If you’re like me and you’ve still yet to get a jump on your spring cleaning, now is the perfect time. Shelter cats would love to snuggle up in those old towels and blankets that are collecting dust in your closet. Or, if you already have kitties, take stock of toys they never or rarely use, or treats, litter, and food that just weren’t up to snuff, and donate those to your local shelter.
3. Donate Your Money to an Organization That Helps Shelter Cats
A little can go a long way. Forgo your daily coffee and use your savings to donate just a few dollars a month, or make a one-time donation in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Be sure to do your research and find an organization that is a 501(c)(3) and puts the majority of its money toward its animals.
4. Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter
Contact your local shelter about volunteering. Think your schedule is too jam-packed? Many animal shelters are flexible on time commitments.
5. Offer Your Services to Help Adoptable Cats
Master at website design? Awesome at taking photos? Have a huge social following? Offer your talents to a local shelter for free. Retool their website, take photos of adoptable animals, or offer to revamp their social media. Your expertise could help influence someone to adopt a cat or give back, too.
6. Donate to Shelter Cats in Lieu of Favors at Your Next Event
It’s the kickoff to wedding season, so if you’re getting married or have another big event coming up, donate to a shelter in lieu of favors (make sure to let your guests know where their money is going and how it will help shelter cats!). Or, ask your bridal shower guests to bring blankets, food, toys, and treats for your local shelter as your “wishing well.”