June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, an event that has been created by the ASPCA to raise awareness and increase the adoption of shelter cats across the country. Afraid that owning a cat will label you as a “crazy cat lady” who collects cats like her friends collect shoes? Well don’t be! Research has shown that living with pets provides a variety of health benefits: owning them can help lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and boost immunity. According to researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute, owning a cat can alleviate stress and anxiety, and potentially reduce the risk of heart attack by 30%. Now what reason do you need more than that to bring one home?
We know that the image of the crazy spinster cat lady is the stuff of endless jokes and urban legends, but the stereotype is lifting with the help of men coming out of the cat closet and declaring their love publicly for the furry felines and taking some of the heat off of us ladies. They are posting photographs and videos of their cats on their social media outlets and on sites like menandcats.com. If you haven’t seen My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet, you have to check it out; host Jackson Galaxy certainly doesn’t look anything like your stereotypical cat lover. In fact, there are many well-known male cat owners you wouldn’t necessarily associate with loving cats, including Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Marlon Brando, Joe Namath, Warren Beatty, and James Dean just to name a few. More recently, Cee Lo Green was seen on The Voice and gracing the cover of Fast Company magazine with his kitty, Purrfect.
Have we persuaded you yet? Here’s a statistic that may… each spring, thousands of kittens join the millions of cats that are already living in shelters across the country. Although twenty-one percent of approximately 86.4 million owned cats were adopted from shelters, estimates show that every minute, approximately four cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters. If you have been thinking about getting a cat, now is the time and you have the pick of the litter!
If you aren’t convinced, check out this video by the ASPCA with Nightline’s Dan Harris.
If you can’t adopt, check out some ways you can still help here.