Monday, January 12, 2009

Repeat - Let's Talk About the Cats

This post is a repeat from last year BUT I think it is so important, I hope that you will share the information with everyone you know.

Last year in Maricopa County (Arizona) 12, 719 cats were turned into the county shelter.

The GOOD news is that 4,401 were adopted or fostered into new homes.

The BAD news is that 8,141 were euthanized despite the best efforts of the staff and volunteers to find them homes.

Even more heartbreaking - only 165 were reclaimed/returned to their owners.
That's only 1% of all the cats there - made their way back to their original homes.

Buy a collar and id tag for your cat and leave them on her at all times - you never know when she may get out.

Consider getting a microchip for your cat - if he does get out - his collar may get caught on something and break loose.

Please take just a minute and look back over all of these pictures.
There are 100 cats in this post. Statistically - only 36% made it out.
Only 1 out of 100 went back to it's original home!!!

Every single one of these cats was loving, affectionate and intelligent. They were used to people - they belonged somewhere. Please spay and neuter your pets.

If you have the time - please volunteer at your local animal shelter. Please consider adoption over purchasing from a pet store and please - spread the word.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

What a great idea! This is wonderful work, the animals need people like you. xoxoxox