How to adopt a cat using social media
It is a sad fact of life that the nation’s shelters are full of kitties looking for a loving home. Some are lost or abandoned, while others are left without a family after their owner passes away.
Adopting a rescue cat is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and as we live much of our lives on social media, it seems fitting that we can also use it to find our newest addition to the family in this way.
Many animal charities, including Cats Protection League and Blue Cross, regularly feature adorable cats and following them on Facebook and Twitter is a good starting point. Hashtags such as #adoptacat or #rescuecat will also help steer you in the right direction and you can also filter by location to find one close to you.
While your eyes may be drawn to the kittens, don’t forget there are plenty of older cats that also need a forever home. Cat Chat, a charity that we sponsor, runs campaigns to encourage people to adopt ‘overlooked’ moggies. These include elderly or shy animals as well as those that have an illness or disability.
In some case it is simply a case of being the ‘wrong’ colour, for example, pure black or white cats can be rejected because people don’t think they photograph well.
These cats may need a little more love and attention but many, who adopt them describe it as a wonderful and fulfilling experience.
There is no denying the immediate power of social media. Scrolling through the pictures you are sure to find a kitty or two that will catch your eye but do bear in mind that adopting a cat is life-changing and not a decision that should be taken lightly.
Before choosing your cat, take the time to find out as much about them as you can and think about how they will fit into your home and lifestyle. Visit the shelter and see how they behave and what their personality is like, for instance whether they are energetic or docile, and what kind of background they have.
After welcoming a new cat into your life, why not work with the shelter to share your experience on social media or via a blog? People love a story that ends happily – and it may even inspire them to adopt their own.
Share your adoption stories with us at our Facebook page or tweet us.