Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Adopt a Cat Month

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As an adopted kitty myself, I want to spread the word about pet adoption. 

I want to show you how easy it is to find the cat for you! It's simpler these days because we have the Internet. Most animal charities now have their own websites where you can search for your new furry friend from the comfort of your own home.

That's how Mum found me. She was looking to adopt a cat and had tried her local RSPCA cat shelter but there were no kittens available for rehoming at the time. As she hadn't had a cat for 13 years after her beloved Suzy crossed the Rainbow Bridge, she felt she was finally ready to get another cat, and she wanted a kitten. She would love to adopt many cats but it's not possible right now. Anyway, she felt sad that there were no kittens available at the time, but something told her to try elsewhere. So, a few weeks later, she came across my picture on the Wood Green website, and as you know, the rest is history!

It was love at first sight for both of us, and though Mum rescued me, she always says that I rescued her right back. You can read my story in my book, which I wrote with Mum to raise awareness and funds for homeless cats. 100% of the royalties earned will be donated to 3 of the cat charities we support. In the book itself it states that only some of the royalties will be donated, but Mum decided she would rather just donate the whole lot.

FIND A CAT


As I am from England, I want to show those of you humans who are wanting to rehome a cat in the UK how you can find a cat in your area with the Cats Protection. Just go to http://www.cats.org.uk/find-a-cat and search by postcode.

The Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity in the UK. The charity helps more than 230,000 cats and kittens every year through a network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.

Watch this video to find out more.

 

 Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/wmufNM3HkuA

You can also search CatChat.org an amazing cat rescue resource which lists cat charities and shelters all over the UK. With so many cats listed, you are bound to find the right one for you! A lot of the cats available are from the Cats Protection too.



For those of you in the United States and abroad please check out your local animal shelter.


Many animal shelters are full to bursting, and unfortunately many unwanted cats and other animals are killed because they cannot be rehomed. There are high-kill shelters in some countries where animals never really get a chance to live the life they so deserve. It is such a shame and so heartbreaking to see the sad faces and frightened eyes of all those homeless cats at these 'rescue' shelters. But we are not helping if we ignore their plight. 

Most of you have probably heard of the Urgent Pets on Death Row website, which is dedicated to saving NYC shelter animals. Created in 2010, the charity is an advocate for the thousands of adoptable dogs and cats that are needlessly killed each year by the Animal Care & Control of New York City.


If you are not in the position to adopt right now you can help animals in need in so many other ways, like fostering them or sharing their pictures and stories through social media. You never know, that one single step can change a homeless pet's life for ever.

There are also many animal charities and rehoming shelters around the world. One charity Mum supports is the Greek Cat Welfare Society

Formed in 1992, the Greek Cat Welfare Society's aim is to undertake neutering of colonies of stray cats and in doing so educate and encourage local people to also have their animals neutered.

Those of you that have holidayed in Greece and the Greek Islands will no doubt have noticed the many many abandoned, stray and feral cats. They survive during the tourist season through the kindness of the tourists and holidaymakers who feed them. But come the end of summer, they are sadly forgotten. Some kind locals do take over and help to feed them, but unfortunately there are many cat-hating people that would rather let them starve and even poison them. Awful, isn't it?

So please, help animals in whatever way you can. And if you want to adopt, go ahead. You won't regret it one bit!

Diclaimer: I  am not affiliated with any of the organizations mentioned in this post. Full Disclosure.



28 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such an important cause. Love Dolly

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  2. I hope LOTS of kitties get adopted this month!

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  3. Excellent post, Athena! We're always hoping lots of cats find forever loving homes.

    Thank you and Mum for your generosity with the proceeds from your book. We read it, and we really enjoyed it.

    Hugs!

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  4. I just shared your post on Twitter. I hope it helps! :)

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    1. Thank you so much :)

      Purrs xx
      Athena and Marie

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  5. The internet has made saving kitties so much easier and for that we are so grateful.

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    1. Let's hope more and more get saved :)

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  6. Great post! Thank you for the info on the Greek Welfare Society, and for letting people know about Pets On Death Row. I was lucky to get out of there and didn't get on "the list".

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    1. We are so glad you didn't get on that list, Lola.

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  7. Such an important message to share - all our kitties are from rescues and part of the reason I kept and adopted my three siblings (not my original plan) was I was concerned they'd be euthanised for stubborn ringworm if I didn't. Of course, I also fell in love with them.

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  8. Excellent post. All my kitties are from shelters or just showed up at our door.

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    1. Well done for taking care of them all.

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  9. This is an amazing post! Thank you for sharing. We feel very strongly about adoption as well and did a similar post promoting cat adoption on Monday.

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    1. Well done. Will check out your post.

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  10. Excellent post. I understand some people wanting a particular breed of cat, but there are so many wonderful animals in shelters that it really should be the first choice.

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    1. Yes, you are right. Let's hope more and more people adopt.

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  11. Pawsome post! I really love that first graphic. There are way too many homeless kitties out there for people to just keep breeding and breeding.

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    1. Yes. Exactly. I wish I could rescue them all.

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  12. My furbabies agree! Adopt - don't buy or breed!!

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    1. Yes, Athena wants to get that message across!

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  13. This is a great post with great resources for UK residents! By the way, I'm also an European blogger - from sunny Portugal :)

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  14. Great post. It's amazing the number of absolutely stunning cats that are in the shelters. We need to keep spreading the word.

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  15. This is a great post. I love the actionable tips you've included here. It should make adopting really easy for anyone, anywhere!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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Thank you for commenting!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie