It’s June! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and school is out for the summer. It’s also Adopt- a Shelter-Cat Month! Nationwide, animal shelters are filling with adult cats and newborn kittens. Shelter staff and volunteers are coming together to find a loving home for each of them. This is the best time of year to learn how you can give one —or even two!—lucky cats a home. Get started right here in King County!
A shelter visitor shows off her newest family member
Looking for the right cat? Start by checking out Petfinder to meet the cats and kittens looking for a new home. Here are just a few of many more fuzzy friends.
Abbie is a medium Tortoiseshell with large green eyes who is “cute, quiet, and calm,” and currently in the care of Regional Animal Services after her owner fell on hard times.
Or get to know Thunder, a 1 ½ year-old male cat who loves to have his chin and neck scratched.
If you’re ready to add a new cat or kitten to your family, there are some simple steps to take before adopting. Start by considering the basic fees for services that will keep your cat safe and healthy, such as vaccinations and spaying/neutering your cat. Consider how your new cat will fit in with your lifestyle (time, income), and what it is you look for in a pet. When you’re ready, drop by the shelter in Kent or browse Petfinder to find the cat that’s right for you!
If you aren’t able to give a shelter cat a “forever home,” consider temporarily taking care of a cat or kitten to prepare it for adoption. Being kitten season, there are plenty of cuddly newborns in need of care before they’re old enough for adoption. Learn more about fostering pets at Foster Care 101 sessions that are held every Thursday evening from 5:30-7. RSVP to Sarah Luthens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-296-3946.
So far this month, Regional Animal Services has found permanent homes for 45 cats and 45 kittens, and foster homes for 33 cats and 88 kittens. There are many more looking for a permanent home, or temporary foster care. You can also help support the shelter through donating or volunteering, start here.
A recently-adopted cat is excited for its new home