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Help Local Organizations Help Cats During National Adopt a Cat Month



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06/01/2011 - By Gayle M. Irwin

June is National Adopt a Cat Month, and many of our local animal welfare organizations need help helping cats.

Paws2Help, created by Lisa Craft, assists animals in need through a non-profit fund. These funds primarily cover medical bills for homeless animals, but the organization also helps cats and dogs find new homes. Learn more through Lisa's blog at http://paws2help.blogspot.com/.

The Casper Humane Society has been a local entity for decades. Last year the organization opened an addition to its East E Street facility, housing an additional 30 cats. Every year, hundreds of cats and dogs find new homes through this organization. Find animals available for adoption at http://www.chswyo.org/.

Casper Cat Rescue is another local organization that helps animals in need; their focus is on cats. Run by volunteers, the rescue offers sanctuary and foster homes to cats needing a home and also transports felines to other no-kill facilities. Learn more about this non-profit at http://www.caspercatrescue.com/.

Metro Animal Control is operated by the City of Casper. Taking in both dogs and cats, Metro also enforces the City's ordinances regarding pets. Find cats available for adoption through Metro at http://www.casperwy.gov/PublicSafety/AnimalControl/tabid/143/Default.aspx.

How can you help, especially if you cannot adopt right now? Donations of money, food, beds, cat litter and other items are often a BIG help. Perhaps you can volunteer a few hours a week or a day a month to assist. Attend fundraising events this summer or simply help spread awareness of cats in need and the organizations that help them. Call or email the leaders of these organizations and discover what their needs are and how you can help.

Cats make wonderful furry friends; thousands of people cannot be wrong about that! According to a 2008 survey published by the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 88 million cats are household pets in this country.

Cats make great companions for several reasons. First, they don't require as much "togetherness" as dogs (dogs are pack animals, cats are more loners). Also, because cats are smaller, they can more easily live in smaller homes and in apartments. Third, studies show the simple act of petting a cat (or dog) can be relaxing and reduce a person's blood pressure. There are many other great reasons to have a cat for a companion just ask a cat lover!

Like dogs, however, cats require consistent, devoted care. Therefore, remember that when you bring a cat home, consider it home for life! Cats can live very long lives some have been known to live into their early 20's. Therefore, be sure you understand the commitment a cat wants and needs.

If you're thinking about adding a new feline friend to your household, June is a great time to do so. Consider giving a special cat a home during National Adopt-A-Cat Month, or at the very least, contact one of the local organizations noted above and see how you can help them help cats!

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Gayle Irwin is a freelance writer and a speaker in schools and libraries. Her publication credits include two children's books about her blind dog, Sage and two stories in different Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She has an ebook with tips and encouragement for blind dog owners available at www.blinddogbook.com. Learn more about Mrs. Irwin and her stories and presentations at www.gaylemirwin.com.

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