It’s World Cat Day!
Are you wondering how to celebrate? We have a few ideas.
Donate to a Local Cat Rescue Organization
Most communities have cat rescue organizations, and if they don’t, they have animal shelters for both cats and dogs. It’s expensive to keep a shelter running, so shelters always need donations.
If you don’t have cash to donate and happen to do your shopping at Amazon, head over to their Amazon Smile site to do your shopping. Once you designate your shelter as your charity organization of choice, .05% of eligible purchases automatically go to your charity of choice. You just have to remember to go to the Amazon Smile site instead of Amazon site. Check with your shelter to see if they have an Amazon Affiliate link, because that gives a higher return for them.
Don’t forget that most shelters and rescues don’t just need money. Most organizations have wish lists, which often contain things like towels, paper plates, bleach, etc. They may not be the first thing you think of as donations, but they can save a rescue money by not having to use their funds to purchase cleaning supplies and other necessities, allowing their funds to instead go toward care of the cats at the organization.
Volunteer for your Local Shelter
Your local animal shelter or rescue organization could use your help! I can say this without knowing where you live because every shelter or rescue is always shorthanded. Volunteers are scarce.
A lot of people think they can’t volunteer to help at a rescue because they worry it might make them feel sad. Others worry they will end up adopting more cats than they intended because they can’t resist a hard luck case. So they just don’t volunteer.
But your local shelter probably has ways you can help that don’t put you on the rescue organization’s grounds. You can see some of them from home in the comfort of your pajamas. Our friends at Island Cats have more information about Non-Traditional Ways to Volunteer with an Animal Shelter or Rescue.
Visit a Cat Cafe
Do you have a local cat cafe? Most US cat cafes work with local rescue organizations and feature adoptable cats in comfortable, home-like environments where you can visit with them.
Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love and adopt a cat who needed a home you met on World Cat Day!