Friday, June 9, 2017

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month: Adopting a cat through Animal Services

June is nationally recognized as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month for prospective pet owners and the City of Calgary’s Animal Services Centre currently has an influx of adoptable cats. This higher than normal volume is due to the Animal Services Centre assisting the Humane Society in time of need (due to the organization’s recent temporary facility closure to manage canine parvovirus).

As a result of this support, Animals Services has taken in stray cats that would normally be housed by the Humane Society and currently has 53 adoptable cats and kittens.

Calgarian communications professional, Alysha S., was intrigued by the cat adoption process because of her busy lifestyle, personal nature and love of animals.

“I grew up always having pets as part of our family and after university I had been thinking about getting an animal of my own for quite some time. Based on my lifestyle and the size of my home I thought a cat would be the perfect addition to my life. I visited both the Humane Society and Animal Services to meet some cats and see if there was one that seemed like a good fit for me.”

Alysha knew it was love at first sight after visiting the Animal Services Centre facility, “As soon as I saw Darlene, I knew she was the cat for me; the most adorable, small, black, adult cat!”

From there, she found the adoption process at Animal Services was easy, quick, and educational, laying the groundwork for her and Darlene’s new adventure.

“Darlene had up-to-date shots and a recent veterinary check-up. I was provided a one month trial for pet insurance and information on how to insure my new cat. I felt ready and prepared to take my cat home and start our new journey together,” said Alysha.

Any pet owner in Calgary will tell you their animal plays a vital role in their lives and overall lifestyle. “Darlene has been a great addition to my life; we ended up being the perfect match. Being a laid back, busy, young professional, Darlene has the perfect temperament and makes a great roommate.  She greets me at the door every day when I get home from work and provides me with the adoration and caring companionship I was looking for from a pet,” said Alysha.

She would recommend adoption to any prospective pet owners, “The impact adoption has on an animal is amazing to watch as you and your pet get to know one another. Darlene took a while to warm up to her new surroundings but as soon as she learned to trust me, and that she was finally home, her true personality was able to shine.”

Licensing your pet cat is also an important process that Alysha recommends. “Although I don’t know the background of my cat, it is clear that she had been someone’s pet at some point. I can’t imagine my life without her, so for me it’s an obvious decision to license her in the event she was able to wander outside. It’s also inexpensive and easy. I love that I can renew Darlene’s cat license online,” said Alysha.

Pet ownership has proven benefits to the health and social well-being of owners, in addition to the positive impact of providing a home and social setting for a homeless animal in need. Through adoption you are contributing to making a better Calgary for all Calgarians; human and furry citizens alike.

How to Adopt
To learn more about the cats available for adoption at the Animal Services Centre, visit www.calgary.ca/adoptapet, call 3-1-1 or visit the facility at 2201 Portland Street S.E.

Animals Service Centre staff welcome walk-ins during business hours and are happy to answer your questions about adoption and pet ownership.

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