This post is sponsored by Cat’s Pride but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Have you ever been to an animal shelter? Depending on what sort of shelter you go to, it can be heartbreaking. There are so many pets looking for a good home. In fact, my first cat, Tango, came from an animal shelter.
I was a senior in college and I had been toying with the idea of getting a pet for a while. I had had several fish that I took care of lovingly, but I wanted something that was a little more “sturdy”. Something that wasn’t going to die after only a year or so. It was then that my boyfriend suggested that we look into adopting a cat.
I had considered adopting from the no-kill shelter since I always have supported the mission of no-kill shelters. However, I felt a pull to adopt from the municipal shelter instead. After all, I knew that those cats were in danger of being put to sleep if homes weren’t found for them quickly.
I looked through the rows and rows of cages but didn’t feel a pull toward one particular cat. That was until I saw some cats in a separate enclosure.
I immediately noticed a beautiful orange striped cat. He was sitting in a cat tree, but as soon as I entered the enclosure, he jumped down and started rolling around at my feet as if he was begging me to pet him. It was at this moment that I knew he was the cat I was supposed to adopt.
It turns out that he had been found as a stray and had been at the shelter for a while, but no one had shown much interest in him. The staff had named him Tango.
That day started a friendship that has gone on for 12 years and is still going strong. Tango has seen me through some of the most difficult days of my life and has been by my side through it all. I’m so thankful for that day at the animal shelter.
There are so many cats like Tango that are available at your local animal shelter. I have become a huge advocate for animal shelters in the years since I adopted Tango. I even did my graduate school thesis on ways to help your local no-kill shelter. Many people, however, don’t know how to help. Maybe they don’t have the time, money, or supplies to donate. Well, there is a super-easy way to support your local shelter if you are a cat owner. All you have to do is buy cat litter.
Litter For Good™ is a program supported by Cat’s Pride® which provides litter to local animal shelters. For every green jug of Cat’s Pride litter that you purchase, a pound of litter will be donated to animal welfare organizations. In fact, more than a million pounds of litter have been donated so far in 2018 alone.
In addition to purchasing the green jugs of Cat’s Pride litter, you can get involved by nominating your local shelter to receive the donated litter. All you have to do is visit the Litter for Good website to find out all of the details.
There are thousands of cat like Tango out there who are looking for their permanent homes. So, next time you are in the market for a pet, be sure to check out your local animal shelter!