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Celebrate American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month® This June

Heaven Can Wait Animal Sanctuary has Plenty of Cats and Kittens Waiting for New Homes

I'm looking for my forever home!

I'm looking for my forever home!

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society is celebrating the American Humane Association’s national Adopt-A-Cat Month this June. It’s the perfect time to promote cat adoptions because the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of cats to the nation’s shelters.

“When cats are not neutered or spayed, they reproduce easily – up to 420,000 in 7 years! Spring and summer are the seasons when cats are most active, resulting in more kittens showing up at our doors,” says Harold Vosko, President of HCWS. “We encourage people to visit our website to meet all the great cats we have. They’re all looking for loving, permanent homes.”

HCWS encourages people to enrich their lives by adopting a cat. American Humane provides these insights to consider when adopting:

Age: While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to the clumsy handling of inquisitive toddlers.

Number: It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species. Young kittens need to engage in vigorous play for several hours a day, and another pet can help get the job done.

Personality:
Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks. HCWS encourages you to visit the cat you’re interested in several times and to read any information from a previous owner.

Coat: The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.

Hi! My name is Secret

My best friend, Tiger, and I would be a great pair for any home.

Nutrition and health: Good nutrition and yearly vet visits will keep your cat healthy and happy. Keep your cat indoors to prevent her from getting into accidents or fights with other cats. Check your cat for fleas, and make sure the litter box is clean and odor-free. Finally, set aside time every day to play with your cat; it is beneficial for you both!

Tags: Animal shelters take in millions of lost cats each year that are not wearing any identification. Make sure to include your cat’s name and your name, address and phone number on the tag. Even indoor cats can slip outside, so make sure she’s wearing her tag at all times. Microchips are another excellent way of identifying your pet. These tiny chips are permanently implanted under your cat’s skin and therefore can never come off or get lost.

Prepare your home: Both adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore. Be aware of possible hazards. Keep trash cans closed, toilet-seat covers down and cabinets latched. Don’t let cords or wires dangle, and cover any floor heating and air vents. Some houseplants may be toxic, so check with your vet for information on catfriendly indoor plants.

Kids and cats: Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy. Rough handling can lead to injuries to both the cat and the child.

I'm looking for a loving home to share with my best friend Secret. We are a little shy but we will light up any home!

I'm looking for a loving home to share with my best friend Secret. We are a little shy but we will light up any home!

Dogs and cats: Contrary to the expression “fighting like cats and dogs,” cats and dogs often enjoy each other’s company. It is not unusual for them to engage each other in play and snuggle up together for a nap. However, great care must be taken when introducing these two species. Some dogs may be aggressive toward small animals and may not be suited to sharing their homes with cats. If you have a dog, ask the adoption staff if you can bring him to the shelter to meet the cat in a controlled environment before you adopt. The shelter staff can help assess their interaction. Remember that most cats will be frightened the first time they see a dog and will need time to accept a canine companion. This may take several days or even weeks depending on the cat.

To view our adoptable fur-babies, click here. We have quite a few that need good homes. If you don’t have room for a new baby in your home, please consider a donation to help spay or neuter one of the many cats we take in on a regular basis.

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