Happy Global Cat Day!
October 16 is recognized as Feral Cat Day. If you’re familiar with Suncoast Humane Society, you may know that our mission is to reduce the number of homeless animals while improving the quality of life. Days like today are important because it gives us an opportunity to bring awareness to animal homelessness by sharing a few tips to help lower the number of free-roaming four-legged friends. Here are a few things you can to do celebrate/observe Global Cat Day:
1. If you don’t have a cat, but would love to have the companionship of one (or several), visit your local animal shelter to adopt. The adoptable cats of Suncoast Humane Society are already spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, tested for feline leukemia/FIV, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Another bonus is the low adoption fee the month of October, which is only $10 for all cats. Ready to save a life? Visit www.humane.org to see adoptable cats, dogs and other small critters.
2. If you already have a pet cat – make sure he or she is neutered or spayed. Our Preventive Health Care Clinic and our Fido Fixers Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic both offer low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs. Our mobile clinic often visits the cities of Port Charlotte, North Port, Punta Gorda and Arcadia. For a full schedule, please visit the events calendar on our website..
3. Keep your cats inside. The safest place for a cat is indoors. Cats left outside face many great dangers – other wild animals, moving vehicles, poisonous chemicals, insects and flora just to name a few. If you already keep your cat safely indoors, great job, but know that escape incidents can happen. The best way to be prepared is to make sure your furry one is microchipped, and your contact information is up-to-date. Our Preventive Health Care Clinic and Fido Fixers Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic offer microchipping services for just $30.
4. If you see a homeless cat hanging around your neighborhood, call your local animal shelter – it might be someone’s beloved missing pet! Speaking with a shelter specialist will also help to determine the next necessary steps. Providing food and water to strays is compassionate, but providing permanent safety is preferable.
5. Make a donation! Many shelters rely on community support to be able to care for homeless animals under their roofs. Visit your local animal shelter to learn different ways you can help. Suncoast Humane Society is always in need of volunteers, financial support as well as essential items on our Wish List. An easy way to make a big impact is to get your friends and colleagues included in an organized fundraiser, or a donation drive.