Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun June cat activities.
NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled, postponed or gone virtual.
All month: Adopt A Shelter Cat Month, National Foster a Pet Month
Thursday, June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
You might have to celebrate this holiday more in spirit if your kitty shows some cattitude when you try to hug her. Snuggle with her, play with her, and give her some extra love on this cat holiday observance reminding us all to show our cats how much we love them.
Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7: ASPCA’s National Adoption Weekend Campaign
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched a nationwide adoption event to help more cats, dogs and equines find loving homes during the COVID-19 crisis. To participate in the campaign, potential adopters should visit ASPCA.org/AdoptFromHome to find a local animal shelter or rescue group and search for available animals near them. VCA Animal Hospitals is providing all adopters through the ASPCA National Adoption Weekend a free Healthy Start exam and up to $250 to treat any minor illnesses at any of their hospitals for the first 14 days of the adoption. In addition, PetSmart and Petco are offering complimentary adoption kits, which include a free bag of pet food and hundreds of dollars in coupon savings for toys, supplies and preventive medications, as well as services including professional grooming, training and boarding. Available shelter pets will get extra support from the Shelter Pet Project, which is supporting the campaign by promoting them all weekend across their social media channels. For more information, plus a comprehensive map listing all participating organizations, visit ASPCA.org/AdoptFromHome. The ASPCA is asking all animal lovers to share adoptable cats, dogs and horses on their social media channels using the hashtag #AdoptFromHome.
Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 23: Kitten Care Webinars
The International Cat Association (TICA) and Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products have partnered with National Kitten Coalition to host three webinars (two in June and one in July) sharing important health information for kitten caregivers.
The first webinar (June 9) goes from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EDT and looks at the various aspects of panleukopenia, including causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. To register, click here.
The second webinar (June 23), goes from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and discusses upper respiratory infections and diarrhea – two of the most common illnesses seen in young kittens. To register, click here.
Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14: Second Annual Online Kitten Conference
Join Community Cats Podcast and the National Kitten Coalition this weekend for the second annual Online Kitten Conference. This three-day virtual gathering will feature presentations by experts on raising and saving kittens, setting up and managing kitten-centered shelter programs and lots of talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the numbers of kittens being born this year. Because this is a virtual event, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable insights and have your questions answered by some of the most knowledgeable leaders in the animal welfare community. Registration is $75. If you can’t make it on the date, you can watch recordings of the presentations later. To sign up, visit communitycatspodcast.com/product/online-kitten-conference-2020.
Friday, June 19: Garfield the Cat Day
Created by Jim Davis and first published in 1978, the Garfield comic strip stars a large, orange cat who loves lasagna and coffee but hates exercise, diets and Mondays. For more than 40 years, Garfield has clawed his way into our hearts and minds, getting his own way – and his own day! Celebrate your love for this illustrated feline with posts using #GarfieldTheCatDay.
Friday, June 19: Quarantine Cat Film Festival
Check out the virtual-cinema debut of Quarantine Cat Film Festival. Although it will be viewed from home, cat (and movie) fans will require a ticket for “entry” into the virtual cinema of their choice, and approximately half of the ticket cost will go directly to their selected independent movie theater. Created and distributed by Row House Cinema in Pittsburgh and directed/edited by Row House founder Brian Mendelssohn, the film festival will play in virtual cinemas throughout the United States and Canada, and is quickly approaching its goal of 100 theaters. For a full list of theaters participating in this virtual-cinema event, visit rowhouseonline.com. Beginning today, ticket holders will be provided with a link to watch the Quarantine Cat Film Festival – allowing them to enjoy the feline antics and providing much-needed revenue for independent cinemas that have been closed during the pandemic. For more information, visit rowhouse.online/cats.
Monday, June 22: Take Your Cat to Work Day
For those of us working from home, every day is Take Your Cat to Work Day! And who couldn’t get work done with kitty lying on the keyboard, batting at pencils and pushing the stapler off the desk? Cats show us how to have fun and be stress-free at work, making a better office environment for us all.
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