Many people have been looking for cats in the previous two years, particularly the elderly, who have had no visitors owing to the coronavirus. Many people lost company, but also things to do. It seemed like there was someone in the house with them to keep them company when they had a cat around. It also meant that a cat had a place to call home, as well as somewhere to feel protected and loved by their owner. As a result, many people choose to adopt a cat since they may be let out in the garden or kept within the house, eliminating the need to leave the house to walk a dog during these frightening times. It also meant having something to occupy the elderly, such as playing with the cat, feeding it, and cleaning up after it, which meant they were occupied for a couple of hours each day.

Approximately 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters each year, with 1.5 million of them being euthanized. And, given the present housing crisis, the numbers are increasing. YOU SAVE A LIFE BY ADOPTING!

Too many animals are euthanized in shelters owing to space limits, but if more people adopted instead of buying pets, the number of animals euthanized would drop drastically.

When you adopt, you not only preserve your new loving companion, but you also make room for additional animals in need, generating a positive domino effect. It's a strategy for fighting puppy mills. When you learn that puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that often emphasise profit over animal care, the term "puppy mill" sounds charming. The animals in these mills are kept in deplorable circumstances with little to no medical attention. These mill puppies are frequently unwell or traumatised, and the moms are discarded once they are no longer "profitable."

A puppy mill dog is nearly always purchased from a pet store by a household. You're saying no to a bad practise and keeping money out of their pockets when you adopt.

Please consider adopting a pet to help save a life. For more information about adopting a pet, you can contact the RSPCA.