Bring home a kitty during Adopt-A-Cat Month

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cat adoptionEach year in June, the number of cat impounds more than double at Long Beach Animal Care Services making it an ideal time for residents to consider adopting a kitten or a cat.

“Nationwide, the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of kittens and cats to the nation’s shelters,” says John Keisler, Manager of Animal Care Services. “Last month alone over 500 felines were impounded in Long Beach.”

June is American Humane’s national Adopt-A-Cat Month. This year, Animal Care Services is celebrating the month by encouraging responsible residents to adopt. Whether you’re looking for a fun, frisky kitten or a mellow, mature cat, you’ll find the perfect feline at your shelter. Here’s how:

  • In Person: visit the spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach
  • Online: check out animals at the shelter http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet_finder/adopt/gallery.asp
  • Phone: contact Animal Care Services for information about adoption options by calling (562) 570-PETS

Pet adoption is a commitment. American Humane offers these tips to consider for anyone that is planning to adopt a cat.

  1. Age: While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often suited to families with young children. Mature cats may respond better to being handled by inquisitive toddlers.
  2. Number: It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species.
  3. Personality: Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks. Animal Care Services encourages you to visit the cat you’re interested in several times and read any information for a previous owner.
  4. Coat: The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.
  5. Nutrition and Health: Good nutrition and twice-a-year vet visits will help your cat stay healthy and happy. Keep your cat indoors to prevent her from contracting diseases, being hit by a car or getting hurt by other animals.
  6. Tags and Microchips: Millions of cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year – but only about 2-3 percent of cats without ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. Make sure your cat wears a collar and tag with the cat’s name and your name, address, and phone number. Microchips provide permanent identification that can never come off or get lost.
  7. Prepare your home: Adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore, so beware of possible hazards. Don’t let cords or wires dangle, and cover any floor heating and air vents. Some houseplants may be toxic; check with your vet for details.
  8. Kids and Cats: Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy. Rough handling can lead to injuries to both cat and the child.
  9. Dog and Cats: Cats and dogs often enjoy each other’s company, but great care must be taken when introducing these two species. Some dogs may be aggressive toward small animals and may not by suited to sharing their homes with cats.

Animal Care Services is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Village is closed on Monday, Tuesday and all holidays. Call 570-PETS (7387) for service.

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