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June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

The month of June is all about our feline friends and to highlight them so they might find their perfect match. Animal shelters like us here in Windhoek and all around the world often receive many many cats. Some, more than they can care for. By adopting a cat from a shelter, you effectively help save a life. All of our cats have vaccinations up to date, are sterilized before they go home, have received de-parasitical treatments, and are microchipped. By sterilizing cats, and in particular indoor/outdoor cats we effectively try and curb the overpopulation of cats, and in essence - reduce the number of cats coming into shelters. So if you have been thinking about adding a cat to your family - now is the perfect timing! Cat Adoption fees on any cat over 6 months of age have been reduced to a mere N$800! Normal adoption procedures apply.

Here are nine reasons why adopting instead of 'shopping' an animal matters!

1. Because you'll save a life.

Each year, many animals are euthanized in Namibia, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.

2. Because you'll get a great animal.

Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets wound up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already house-trained and used to living with families.

3. Because it’ll cost you less.

When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations, de-parasitical treatments, and even microchipping is included in the adoption price, which can save you some of the upfront costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses.

4. Because of the bragging rights.

No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable pet you just adopted! Adopt a pet, post those pictures and let the well-earned likes roll in.

5. Because it's one way to fight irresponsible breeders.

If you buy a dog from an online seller or off the street, you’re almost certainly getting a dog from a breeder, or 'accidental' breeder.

The moms of these puppies are sometimes kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they're no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold.

6. Because your home will thank you.

Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already house-trained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug. Adopting a mature pet not only gives older animals a second chance, it often means introducing them to your family will be much easier.

7. Because all pets are good for your health, but adoptees offer an extra boost.

Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need!

8. Because adoption helps more than just one animal.

Overburdened shelters take in hundreds, if not thousands of animals each year, and by adopting an animal, you’re making room for others. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping those shelters better care for the animals they take in!

9. Because you'll change a homeless animal's whole world.

And get a new best friend out of the deal. Seriously, what could be better than that?

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