In August of 2021, a man found a cat with a fishing hook stuck in her eye. As a result, he brought her to the Lynchburg Humane Society, which found that she had four more fishing hooks in her through a X-ray. Fortunately, surgery was able to remove the fishing hooks from the cat with minimal damage to her eye, with the result that she is now on the mend. For those who are curious, the cat has been named Brooke. Furthermore, she will be available for adoption by interested individuals once she has recovered.
Why Should You Adopt a Rescue Cat?
Interested individuals can buy a cat. However, if they want a feline companion, there are some very convincing reasons why they should go for a rescue cat instead.
It Saves More than One Life
First and foremost, it can be said that adopting a rescue cat will save more than one life. Fundamentally speaking, animal shelters and other animal welfare organizations have a limited amount of resources to work with. As a result, they can provide an adequate level of food, healthcare, and other necessities to a limited number of animals. Unfortunately, there is a huge number of stray cats and dogs in the United States as well as in other countries, meaning that there is no way that animal welfare organizations can take care of all of them. This is the reason that they are forced to euthanize hundreds of thousands of stray animals in just the United States on an annual basis because that is kinder than a long, drawn-out death through starvation as well as other forms of deprivation. By adopting a rescue cat, interested individuals can ensure that their needs will be taken care of, thus saving their life. Furthermore, they can free up resources for the animal shelter, thus enabling them to help out other stray animals.
You Know Exactly What You Are Getting
Rescue cats have spent a fair amount of time with the people working in the animal shelter. Thanks to this, they have a good idea of each one’s personality, which is information that can be passed on to interested individuals. There are a number of benefits to this. For example, interested individuals can choose a cat with a personality that is well-suited for their particular needs and preferences. Similarly, interested individuals won’t be surprised by something unexpected, which can cause issues in cat-cat owner relationships.
It Makes Financial Sense
For people who are open to a wide range of cats with a wide range of personalities, adopting a rescue cat still makes sense because it is the more affordable option by a considerable margin. Generally speaking, when someone adopts a rescue cat, they get a cat who has already been either spayed or neutered, microchipped, and provided with the necessary vaccinations. Furthermore, it isn’t uncommon for animal shelters to hand out extras such as collars and insurance, which should as bonus incentives for this course of action. In contrast, buying a cat means spending a lot of money, particularly if interested individuals go for a breed that is in high demand. On top of that, they can expect to spend extra time as well as extra money making sure that the cat has everything that they need.
Rescue Cats Can Make Wonderful Companions
There is a common perception that rescue cats are less well-suited for being companions than their store-bought counterparts. This is the wrong way to think about things. Certainly, there are stray cats that are unable to adjust to living as companions in human households. However, animal shelters and other animal welfare organizations don’t offer those for adoption. Indeed, they have very strong incentives not to do so because a cat adoption that doesn’t work out is a cat that will be returned to their care, which means a lot of extra work on their part for no benefit to them whatsoever. Instead, the rescue cats that are available for adoption are the cats that animal shelters believe can adjust to living as companions in human households, which is an opinion worth keeping in mind because they tend to have a pretty good idea for when this happens to be the case.
Cats Are Good for Human Health
On top of this, being a cat owner is beneficial for human health. Simply put, there is no way for someone to separate their mental health and their emotional health from their physical health. Everything is connected, meaning that the benefit of one of these components can have a very noticeable effect on the others. By becoming a cat owner, interested individuals can expect an increased ability to deal with stress, anxiety, and loneliness, all of which are common problems in the modern day. As such, it is no wonder that cat owners apparently suffer lower rates of strokes as well as cardiovascular diseases, both of which are serious concerns that people should watch out for.
How Else Can You Help Out?
Not everyone will be able to adopt a rescue cat. Sometimes, they don’t have the time to take care of a feline companion. Other times, they might not have the space. Whatever the case, even if interested individuals can’t adopt a rescue cat, there are still plenty of other ways that they can help. For instance, volunteering at animal shelters as well as other animal welfare organizations is a popular option because labor is one of the resources that said organizations can use to produce beneficial results. In particular, it is worth mentioning that animal welfare organizations are making a positive difference in the world. Although the hundreds of thousands of annual euthanizations sound horrifying, they are actually a significant decrease from those in previous decades. This is because animal welfare organizations had done a great deal of work in either spaying or neutering stray animals, thus enabling to keep their numbers under control without having to resort to inhumane measures. Moreover, animal welfare organizations have been quite successful at communicating the necessity of said measures to the general population, with the result that the latter has been helping out more than ever before. Summed up, people can make a difference, so that is an option for helping out if they are either unable or unwilling to adopt a rescue cat.