I’ll never forget Chilly’s adoption day. We went to the animal shelter looking for a cat, and we came home with an adorable, 8 week old Labrador-something mix. We were planning to adopt a dog, AFTER a cat, but as life would have it, it happened the opposite way.
Like clockwork, "kitten season" happens each spring, meaning newborn kittens join the millions of adult torties, tabbies and tiggers already waiting in animal shelters to be adopted. For this reason, June is "Adopt a Cat Month" – brought to us by the American Humane Association in partnership with Petfinder.com and the CATalyst Council.
When Christina Lee of Salem, Virginia, stopped by the Salem Animal Shelter in November 2010 to take photos of adoptable dogs to list on Facebook, she had no idea that this routine stop would lead her down a new road to where “Deaf Dogs Rock.” Christina was introduced to a ten week-old white Boxer puppy named “Nitro” and was asked by the Salem Animal Shelter Director to personally adopt this “special needs” puppy.
The best thing about working in the pet industry is having a platform to support and educate people about pet adoption. My first job in the pet world was as PR director for the SPCA Tampa Bay. I spent 15 years promoting responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering, as well as encouraging people to adopt pets. I would drive dogs and cats to local radio and television stations each week to give them—and the pets back at the shelter—the exposure they needed to find homes. In my last year with SPCA Tampa Bay, I calculated that over 1,000 pets had been adopted through the on-air media exposure alone. More importantly, thousands of other shelter pets that did not make television appearances were adopted into homes as a result.
So you’ve decided to adopt a pet - congratulations! You’ll be saving a life, gaining a best friend and becoming part of the pet overpopulation solution.