American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association,
CATalyst Council, and Petfinder Offer Top 10 Checklist for Cat Parents and Parents-To-Be
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31 – Millions of Americans will heed the national call to visit their local shelter or rescue center during Adopt-A-Cat Month this June, and leading national animal organizations are encouraging families and individuals interested in adopting a cat to take home not just one kitty, but two.
This is among the “Top 10” suggestions from American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, CATalyst Council and Petfinder. The four organizations collaborated to create a Top Ten Checklist to help navigate the weighty decisions that come with the awesome responsibilities of pet adoption. They have also created an online resource center – available at www.americanhumane.org/aacm – for use by shelters, veterinarians, individuals and anyone who wants to ensure the well-being of cats.
TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT
“Shelters and rescue groups have all kinds of cats – from playful kittens to mellow seniors – making them great places to find your perfect match,” says Betsy Saul, founder of Petfinder.com. “And as a bonus, by adopting, you're saving a life.”
“Regular veterinary care is critically important to the health and well-being of your cat,” says Dr. Larry Kornegay, president of the AVMA. “Getting your new cat to a veterinarian early will help make sure there are no underlying illnesses or injuries, and your veterinarian can work with you to develop a plan to help your new pet live the happiest, healthiest, longest life possible.”
“Cats are social animals and like to live in groups, so adding a new feline friend to the household can increase enjoyment for everyone,” said Dr. Jane Brunt, CATalyst Council Executive Director. “Making introductions gradually is important, as scientific studies show that some cats can become upset with even a minor change in their environment. So for fast friends, go slow."
“Making sure your pets will be safe in an emergency situation is a critical part of ensuring the wellbeing of your entire family,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “By having an emergency plan for the animals in your house, you could literally be saving lives – your pets, your own, and those involved in rescue efforts – and will make it easier to return to a normal life after the emergency is over.”
About American Humane Association. Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today. Adopt-A-Cat Month® was launched in 1975 and is a registered trademark of American Humane Association.
About the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, comprised of more than 81,500 member veterinarians engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. AVMA members are dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health and agriculture. Visit the AVMA website at www.avma.org to learn more about veterinary medicine and animal care, and access up-to-date information on the association's issues, policies, and activities.
About CATalyst Council. CATalyst Council is a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations and corporations to champion the cat in light of troubling statistics released by the American Veterinary Medical Association that show an increase in the cat population coupled with a decline in veterinary visits for cats. The association’s address is P.O. Box 3064, Annapolis, MD 21403. More information about the CATalyst Council is available at www.catalystcouncil.org.
About Petfinder. Petfinder's founders forever changed the animal welfare industry when they decided it was their mission to end euthanasia among adoptable animals as a New Year's Resolution in 1996. They created Petfinder.com locally in New Jersey with just a handful of shelters posting photos of their adoptable pets online. Now part of Discovery Communications, www.petfinder.com is a network of more than 13,500 animal welfare organizations across North America and has more than 300,000 adoptable pets listed at any given time. Petfinder is currently celebrating its 15th birthday and has been responsible for the adoption of over 17 million pets over the years.