Friendship is priceless, but your next buddy could be free, if you’re planning to adopt an adult shelter cat in the next few days.
In conjunction with Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, our friends at the ASPCA,® along with Fresh Step litter, are encouraging shelters to conduct fee-waived adoptions for adult cats.
“On average, it costs shelters $13 a day to care for a cat," Emily Weiss, a researcher for the ASPCA, said in a recent statement. "Often times, adoption fees don't even offset those costs. By offering fee-waived adoptions for adult cats, shelters can often increase the cost for kittens and direct new cat parents to their gift or retail shop where they can purchase essential supplies for their new family member. Shelters benefit from that revenue, and new cat owners have extra money to spend on their cat. And, ultimately, the cat has a loving home. It’s a win-win for all.”
The promotion comes at a time when shelters are often flooded with kittens. Most kitties are born between March and November.
With so many cats in shelters, your new best friend might already be waiting for you. If you plan on adopting a cat, the ASPCA has tips to ease the transition. Your new cat’s needs include:
The essentials include a litter box, the litter your new cat is used to using, food and water dishes, the food your cat is used to eating, toys and a scratching post. An identification tag or microchip can help your cat return home if he or she is ever lost.
Routine and a space to relax
Give your new friend space to find his or her way in your family. Your new cat may need seven to 14 days before he or she is feeling at home.
Cleaning supplies, medications and even plants can be toxic to animals. Check out the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center for a list of some substances to avoid.
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance can help new pet parents afford wellness visits for their new friends. Explore our coverage or get a free quote!
To find your local shelter, visit the ASPCA’s shelter database. For a list a shelters participating in the fee-waiver program, visit Fresh Step’s Facebook page.