Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- In June, Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating National Adopt-a-Cat Month by encouraging supporters to adopt and sponsor the cats in the shelter.
“We see an increase in the number of cats in the shelter in the summer months,” Jeff Ashin, Young-Williams Animal Center CEO, said. “National Adopt-a-Cat Month in June is a great time to care for the cats at the shelter by sponsoring an adoption fee or opening your home to a feline friend.”
By adopting a cat, pet owners will notice tremendous benefits. In addition to the unconditional love and constant companionship, cats also have been shown to lower the stress levels of humans. One study found that over a 10-year period, cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners.
National Adopt-a-Cat month is sponsored by the American Humane Association to help shelters recover from “kitten season” that occurs in the spring. Shelters see an influx of kittens in the spring and summer months due to the mating season.
The single and most humane way to help control the pet overpopulation is to spay and neuter animals in the community.
“Spaying and neutering dogs and cats save lives,” Ashin said. “Fewer litters mean lower intake numbers at the shelter, which increases space for animals and decreases the need for euthanasia. During National Adopt-a-Cat Month, we hope cat lovers will sponsor and adopt the cats in the shelter and prevent future litters by spaying or neutering their cats.”