Just One Day, June 11, 2018, is a day where all shelters are asked not to euthanize any savable animals. At Doc & Phoebe’s Cat Co, we take this day to celebrate shelter workers – from veterinarians to volunteers – who devote their lives to care for the sick, love the unloved and find new families for cats.
We all love our cats, right? Sadly, not every home for a pet is a forever home. The ASPCA reports that 3.2 million cats are surrendered to shelters every year and only about ½ of those cats are ever adopted.
Often, shelters are overflowing with these unwanted cats, and the realities of this overcrowding are a huge problem. No-kill shelters must turn away cats because there is no room – and who knows what becomes of them. Kill shelters accept these unwanted cats, but have no other choice than to euthanize them.
My friends, the solution to this terrible problem begins with us. “According to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, pet problems are the most common reason that owners rehome their pet, accounting for 47% of rehomed dogs and 42% of rehomed cats. Pet problems were defined as problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn’t handle.”
We know that when we provide environmental enrichment for cats and meet their innate need to hunt for their food, so many of these medical and behavioral problems disappear.
So, let’s work together to educate cat parents about their cat’s needs and provide them with the tools to meet them. Maybe then, every day would be Just One Day!