Skip to Main Content

It’s ‘Adopt a Shelter Cat’ Month!

Written by PETA | June 10, 2010

The following post was originially published on PETA Prime.

Just in time for “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month comes some great news: In an Associated Press-Petside poll, more than half of respondents said that they plan to adopt their next cat or dog from an animal shelter—that’s more than seven times the number of people who say they would be likely to purchase an animal from a pet store. And with age comes wisdom, apparently—people over age 30 were the most likely to adopt an animal from a shelter.

The reasons they give are even more heartening. We’re apparently getting the word out—with a little help from our friends—that pet shops usually obtain their animals from puppy mills and that these animals often suffer from a variety of physical and mental problems. By contrast, many respondents say that shelter animals, many of whom are mixed breeds, are less likely to suffer from the congenital defects that plague purebreds.

Colton, California, resident Sandra Toro, 62, summed it up nicely: “I believe [pet shops and puppy mills] couldn’t care less about the pets, they’re really in it for the money. I think you are more likely to get a pet at a pet store that is ill or has problems.” Toro, who is the proud guardian of a rescued mutt, went on to say that she doesn’t understand how anyone can buy an animal from a pet store or breeder instead of adopting a homeless dog or cat. “There are so many wonderful pets out there that will be euthanized,” she said. “There’s no reason for it.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Sandra!

How about you? Will your next cat (or dog) come from an animal shelter or rescue group?

Written by Alisa Mullins

Commenting is closed.
  • Karisa says:

    I just adopted a cute puppy from the humane society last month! I have since found out he’s not the mixed breeds that they thought he was. My shelter dog is teaching me more and more everyday. I would highly reccomend to anyone to give animals in shelters a chance. It’s a fun experience.

  • Susie says:

    I remember last year during Adopt a Shelter Cat Month I first started begging my dad for a rescue cat. We eventually decided on an adorable greyandwhite mix from a nearby shelter. Her name is Matilda we call her Mimi Tillie and sometimes just ‘the kitten’ and she is sweeter than we ever could’ve imagined! She loves everyone and purrs more than any cat I’ve ever met. She’s also playful and will roll around on her back wanting bellyrubs all day D

  • Aleksis says:

    I adopted my little kitty from a shelter 2 years ago and what a great investment…he has so much personality and loves me unconditionally my boyfriend isn’t much of an animal person but loves him just as much as I do.

  • Jena says:

    I have adopted two cats from my local shelter one was 13 and overlooked because of her age and the other was getting beat on by the other cat he was with. Both have turned out to be the best things I have ever invested in!!!! I also volunteer with a local rescue benefiting beagles and basset hounds. The things you see from the dogs that are brought in are horrifying especially when they come from a puppy mill. How anyone could support the monsters that do this to defenseless animals is above me. Luckily even after all the hardship the animals have endured they learn to love and trust and become some of the best dogs! I truly believe that an animal that is rescued knows that you are saving it and will be the most faithful and loving companion you will ever have for all of their remaining days. Please think of a rescue or a shelter before a pet store. You will be saving a lot of money and will have a better chance of getting the perfect pet for you or your family.