How Many People Actually Adopt From Shelters? Here’s The Answer.
Of all of the cats in the United States, less than 30 percent came from shelters or rescues.
I won’t lie — that percent caught me off guard. I really expected it to be higher. But I guess it makes sense considering people adopt a variety of ways. For example, maybe they took in a friend’s or relative’s cat, maybe they adopted a cat from a stranger, or maybe they purchased a kitten from a pet store. No matter how people are currently adopting cats, I believe there are things we can all do to help increase the number of people who choose to adopt from a shelter or rescue. The solution? Outreach.
To me, outreach means connecting with everyone possible — from your neighbor, to your coworkers, boss, friends, jogging buddies, even the folks at your veterinarian’s office — to tell them about the benefits of adopting from a shelter or rescue. If you adopted your cat from a shelter or rescue, share your story. While you’re at it, tell them about your special needs cat(s), and don’t forget to tell them how awesome he/she (they) are!
For example, by simply sharing why cerebellar hypoplasia cats make great pets you’re spreading awareness — not to mention compassion. Plus, if you volunteer at a shelter, you can tell the shelter staff about these creative ideas that will help get the word out about adoptable pets.
Small steps like these can result in big changes. If more and more people learn to adopt from shelters and rescues, then those organizations can take in more and more cats to adopt out. Plus, it may also mean that fewer cats need to be euthanized, a likely fate for special needs cats.