If you’re considering adopting a cat this holiday season — or any time of year — there are now several programs that can help you find your perfect pet.
Meet Your Match The ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program evaluates animals in order to help owners bring home their ideal companion. “Meet Your Match isn’t just based on superficial qualities. We go deeper, including asking about the pet’s personality, your personality and other important factors,” says Senior Vice President Gail Buchwald of the ASPCA Adoption Center. Whatever the outcome, the resulting adoption is a win-win for the owner and the pet.
Iams Home 4 the Holidays This program, which helps place needy cats and dogs in loving homes, is one of several pet adoption drives taking place right now. According to The Humane Society of the United States, of the 8 million pets that enter animal shelters and rescue groups every year, approximately 3 million of these healthy and treatable pets are euthanized due to lack of adoption. John Van Zante, spokesperson for the Helen Woodward Animal Center Santa Fe, Calif., who helped start Home 4 the Holidays, says the data in 1998 for San Diego County alone — 40,000 euthanized dogs and cats — led to the creation of the program.