National Cat Day History
National Cat Day seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of cats that need to be rescued and encourages appreciation of pet cats. Domestic cats are owned by many families in the US, however many other cats are homeless and or have been abandoned. Every year, these cats are taken into shelters, where millions of them are euthanized. In the US, approximately 3.4 million cats enter animal rescue shelters each year, of these, 1.4 million are euthanized.
In 2005, National Cat Day was created by Colleen Paige, a pet lover and advocate. National Cat Day also advocates spaying and neutering cats in order to control their ever-growing population worldwide.
National Cat Day Facts & Quotes
- According to the American Human Association, the most common reason (21%) for giving up a cat is because their place of residence does not allow them.
- Only 10% of animals that enter shelters have been spayed or neutered.
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and National Cat Day have joined forces with I Can Has Cheezburger and Uber to sponsor the UberKITTENS event. For this event, Uber drivers deliver cats to offices across participating states. These cats are available for adoption, so the ultimate aim of the event is to support the adoption of cats from animal shelters.
- It is estimated that there are 13,600 animal shelters in the United States.
Time spent with cats is never wasted. - Sigmund Freud
National Cat Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Adopt a cat. There are local shelters in most counties that pick up strays or take in animals that have been given up or abandoned. Visit your local shelter to pick up a new companion.
- Watch a movie about cats. Some of our favorites: The Aristocrats (1970), African Cats (2011), Garfield (2004) and Puss In Boots (2011).
- Donate to one of many organizations such as, the Humane Society or the ASPCA, that help animals in need. You can also donate blankets, pet food and toys to your local animal shelter.
- Volunteer your time at your local animal rescue shelter. Most shelters operate with volunteers. There is always a need for help walking, feeding, playing with and cleaning up after the animals.
- Bake some homemade cat biscuits for your furry companion. Some great favors include:
1) Tuna Cornmeal biscuits
2) Chicken cheese biscuits
3) Peanut butter wheat bran biscuits
4) Salmon lime biscuits