Approximately 3.2 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, of which about 1.6 million are adopted. By adopting, people are providing these majestic animals with the second chance they deserve. After all, many of them have been rescued from terrible circumstances such as cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, or their owners were simply no longer able to look after them.
One of the places that celebrate pets finding their new homes is the subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption. There, owners share their heartwarming stories, often providing pictures of their new family members as well. Taken before and after their adoption, these images accentuate the amazing difference a loving family can make for an abandoned or mistreated animal.
Here are some of the cats featured on the subreddit.
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Cats are estimated to be in roughly 35% of all households in the United States, according to experts. So, to the rest of you, my question is: what are you waiting for? Of course, I'm joking. Bringing a pet home is a significant commitment (with a lot of benefits), and it's not something you should do on the spur of the moment. If you're not sure if you're ready to adopt a cat, check out American Humane's cat adoption checklist and the ASPCA's cat care guide. They should provide you with all of the information you require to make an informed decision.
Let's end things off with a quote from Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO, that really puts things into perspective: "Helping vulnerable animals and keeping pets in safe and loving homes requires a commitment from all of us—advocates, pet owners, shelters, leaders, and entire communities. When we work together under a common cause, we're both saving lives and elevating our society and its laws to ensure cruelty victims and other at-risk animals receive the protection and care they deserve."