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Celebrate International Cat Day by donating, volunteering or adopting a feline friend

Lachlan Roberts 8 August 2018 1
Do not pro-cat-stinate, adopt a cat today. Photos: Supplied by RSPCA ACT

Do not pro-cat-stinate, adopt a cat today. Photos: Supplied by RSPCA ACT.

They are lovable, independent and full of sass – to be honest, what’s not to like? And there is no other purr-fect time to celebrate our furry overlords than on International Cat Day.

The 8th of August provides Canberrans with a full 24-hours to show their adoration for one of mankind’s most beloved pets and it doesn’t take too long to see why our feline pals hold such a special place in our hearts.

From funny cat videos, memes and cute pictures, people’s obsessions with the furry animals know no bounds. In every street, you can see one gambol over a neighbour’s fence and nearly every family has an aunt with a litter of cats taking over her house.

This fellow certainly has the power of purr-suasion.

On the four-legged felines’ special day, the RSPCA ACT is encouraging Canberrans to reflect and honour the bond between cat and human but to also advocate for their care and protection.

Adopt: RSPCA ACT always have felines of all ages available for adoption. Their animal care assistants can help you find the best feline for your household. Visit the Weston shelter or view their profiles here.

Donate: RSPCA ACT had over 1,700 cats come through its doors in 2017/18 – that’s A LOT of cats! You can help RSPCA care for them by making a tax-deductible donation here.

Volunteer: Volunteering at the RSPCA ACT shelter and fundraising events are a great way to lend a helping hand. Volunteers have a range of responsibilities including animal care, administration, maintenance and socialisation. Find out more by visiting this website.

Be responsible: If you have a furry companion of your own, please be a responsible pet owner by:

  • Ensuring they’re microchipped, desexed and taking your cat for regular vet checks. Make their health a priority and book in your cat’s annual check-up.
  • Providing them with healthy food and plenty of stimulation. A bored cat is a destructive cat!
  • Finally, give them the love and attention they deserve. Animals are for life, make sure when you adopt you’re committed for their entire lifespan. They’re worth it!

I am paw-sitive that you will fall in love with this little guy.

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nealg 3:18 pm 08 Aug 18

Under the ‘Be Responsible’ heading should also be information about stopping your cat from roaming. Cats are killers of wildlife and should be kept indoors or in a caged area in a backyard.
It has been estimated cats kill approximately 1 million birds per day in Australia along with thousands of lizards frogs etc.

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