Whether feral and unable to live as a house pet, abandoned by their owners or escapees that were never found, many shelters find themselves overflowing with cats. Luckily, things are looking up for homeless cats. With the overwhelming population of homeless cats in need, rescue groups, shelters and sanctuaries have been developed that specialize in cat care. The different types of groups each help cats in different ways:
Shelters, SPCAs, Humane Societies and Pounds: These groups are often government-funded (often at the municipal level) and operate out of a centralized building. When a pet enters their care, shelters will give them the veterinary attention they need, as well as a warm place to sleep, and meals. They are often top-of-mind when someone needs to abandon their pet.
Rescue groups: Rescue groups tend to be smaller organizations run by dedicated volunteers. Fostering often takes place in volunteers’ homes, meaning that these organizations have a finite cap on how many pets they can care for at a time. When you adopt from a rescue, you will be screened first and a representative may schedule an in-home visit.
Both shelters and rescues charge an adoption fee. This helps cover the cost of caring for your new pet, and all the good work that they will continue to do.
Sanctuaries and Feral Cat Care: Feral cats are those who have been born outside and experience little to no human contact. Because of this most are not suitable to be adopted. Many groups work to address the issues of feral cat colonies and the needs these cats have. These groups work with feral colonies by providing aid and comforts, including food, water, shelter and medical care. They also work to reduce breeding by trapping and spray or neutering before releasing back into the colony.
How can you help? Not everyone is able to adopt but you can still help cats in need. By donating money for vet care, food, litter and supplies you can help support feral and homeless cats. You can also volunteer to foster for a rescue, or many shelters and sanctuaries also have visiting hours where you can go to pet, snuggle and give the cats treats. And if you’re thinking of adding a cat to your family, adopting a cat will save a life! Ready to adopt? Pet Valu partners with local rescues to host in-store adoption centers and adoption events. Stop by your local store today to learn more!