Advanced Animal Care

National Cat Day is celebrated on October 29th every year.  Founded by Colleen Paige, it began in 2005.  The purpose of National Cat Day is to recognize the number of cats that are homeless and to appreciate the cats in our lives.

Recent Statistics

With over 3,500 shelters in the United States, it is impossible to get exact counts on the number of animals entering shelters each year.  So these are recent estimates based on collected data.  It is estimated that an average of 7 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year.  The good news is that euthanized pets are decreasing each year.  It is estimated that out of the millions of dogs and cats entering shelters, almost 3 million are euthanized.

Adopting A Cat

Cat fostering and adoption occur all over the United States.  Dedicated people spend countless hours and money taking care of special needs cats and kittens.  Many of these become family pets to the caretakers while others are adopted.  These are the lucky ones that don’t end up in shelters.  Adoption at shelters is also possible but as you can see from the picture, many are left to live their lives in the shelter.

The Need To Spay and Neuter Your Cat

Many cats that end up in shelters are abandoned cats that have been found and brought to the shelter.  It is estimated that only 3-5% are ever reclaimed.  Overpopulation is a big problem with cats and dogs.  Just one female cat can have over 3 liters per year.  Each liter on average has 4-6 kittens.  Doing the math, one cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in just 7 years.  Spay and neutering your pets helps keep the overpopulation down.  This is a great way to celebrate National Cat Day. 

If you are interested in adopting a cat, contact your local cat shelter.  Advanced Animal Care Berea loves cats and looks forward to helping you care for yours.  To learn more about National Cat Day visit their website at