Media Release

Adopt-A-Cat Month

Friday, June 13, 2008 1:00 AM

5:05 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) is celebrating the American Humane Association's national Adopt-A-Cat Month this June encouraging people to enrich their lives by adopting a cat. Spring and summer months typically bring a surge of cats to local shelters and rescue groups.  ACAS subscribes to the online service, where stray and adoptable cats (and dogs) are posted and can be viewed online.  Adoptions at the shelter begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (the shelter is closed on Sundays and Mondays). 

"When cats are not neutered or spayed, they easily reproduce, and the spring and summer is that time of year when cats are more active, resulting in more kittens showing up at our doors," says ACAS director David Flagler. "We encourage people to visit and meet all the great cats we have here. They're all looking for good, permanent homes."

 Insights to consider when adopting:

  • Age: While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children.
  • Number: It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. 
  • Personality: Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat's true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks.
  • Coat: The longer the cat's fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.
  • Nutrition and health: Good nutrition and annual vet visits will keep your cat healthy and happy. Keep your cat indoors to prevent her from getting into accidents or fights with other cats or wildlife (which can also increase the risk of rabies exposure)
  • Tags: Alachua County requires that your cat have a county license as identification. Microchips are another excellent way of identifying your pet.
  • Prepare your home: Both adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore. Be aware of possible hazards.
  • Kids and cats: Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy.
  • Dogs and cats: Contrary to the expression, "fighting like cats and dogs," in reality cats and dogs often enjoy each other's company. However, great care must be taken when introducing these two species and total acclimation may take several days or even weeks depending on the cat.

For more information about adopting a cat or kitten, please visit the ACAS shelter at 3400 NE 53rd Avenue or call 352-264-6870. 


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).