clear the rescues in august

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau

Cats are the connoisseurs of comfort, givers of healing purrs, and a source of joy and laughter for many.

However, there are many cats in our area that are still searching for their fur-ever homes, and we need YOUR help to Clear the Rescues!

If you’ve been considering adding a four-legged friend to your home, now is the purr-fect time to do it!

Adopt a Cat, Get a $50 coupon

When you adopt a cat in August from our friends at Secondhand Hounds or Twin Cities Pet Rescue, you’ll receive a $50 coupon from MNAHF good towards your new friends first veterinary visit at a participating locally-owned veterinary clinic. It’s that simple!

With so many wonderful friends available for adoption, you’ll have no problem finding the purr-fect companion for you!

Thanks to our friends at Royal Canin and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association for your generous support to help us Clear the Rescues in August!

Why Adopt a Cat?

Plus, traveling to your veterinarian with your cat doesn’t have to be stressful! Our friends at Royal Canin share tips on how to make it as easy:

According to the ASPCA, 3.2 million cats can be found in shelters every year and of these, about 860,000 are euthanized annually. Adopting a cat not only helps one of these many animals, looking for a home, but also opens a space for shelters and rescue groups to take in another cat.

For a relatively low fee, you’ll take home a cat that is already spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and microchipped. Many shelters and rescues will also include extras in the adoption fee such as a cat collar, a bag of food or pet insurance.

Cats in many rescues and shelters interact with their caretakers and volunteers every day, and these people really get to know their personalities. Particularly with adult cats, you can find a companion with the type of temperament you’re looking for. You could find a playful, active cat or a calmer feline who prefers cuddling and a quieter environment.

According to Research Gate, owning a cat, or any pet you adopt from a rescue or shelter, has been shown to have positive effects on humans’ ability to cope with stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness1. Taking a cat home from a rescue/shelter can improve your sense of happiness and general well-being.

A recent study found that owning a cat may lead to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke2. This is an important finding considering the AHA/ASA says, “Stroke is the number 3 cause of death in women and number 4 cause of death in men.

According to Clinical & Experimental Allergy, research has found that early exposure to a cat in the home can actually reduce infants’ sensitization to the allergens cats produce3. As a result, kids have a reduced chance of developing allergic diseases.

You can find any type of cat you want at a rescue or shelter, from kittens to seniors, short-haired to long-haired, all sizes and colors. In fact, if you’re looking for a specific breed, such as a Siamese, you can contact cat-specific rescue groups to find your new friend.

If you have another cat, or a cat-friendly dog, bringing another cat home from a shelter can help reduce feelings of loneliness during the day when you’re out. Of course, you will want to ask the rescue/shelter to help you “cat test” your dog, and if you have a cat, expect a period of adjustment before the new and current cats feel comfortable together.

If you live in an apartment, condo or other small space, a cat can be an excellent companion because cats don’t require lots of room or daily walks like a dog. Cats are generally low maintenance and if you provide them with toys (like cat trees and window rests for enrichment), they make wonderful roommates.

Cats, particularly older, calmer cats, can provide loving companionship to older adults. They’re easy to care for, and you can find one at a shelter that matches your lifestyle with some helpful advice from the shelter/rescue staff and volunteers.

Information provided by Pet Health Network, part of IDEXX.

plus, listen to mytalk 107.1 in august and you could win big!

Want to enter to win a year’s worth of cat food from Royal Canin for your feline friend? It’s easy! Simply listen to MyTalk 107.1 on their website or app throughout the month of August and you’ll be entered to win.

Learn more about the Royal Canin Cat Food Giveaway by visiting MyTalk 107.1 here. You must be logged into your MyTalk account in order to track listening hours. Once the winner is randomly selected, Royal Canin will help them select an appropriate diet for their feline friend and ship one year of selected cat food directly to the winner.

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