June is American Humane's Adopt-A-Cat Month®

June is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Cat Month®. Below is the image of the poster they created (click on image for larger version), and you can download this and more from the link here.
American Humane Association Adopt-A-Cat poster 2009

The following is from a page at the AHA site- go there to read more.
Approximately 4 million cats end up in shelters every year.
One of them is sure to be a perfect match for you!

Each year, thousands of kittens are born during spring and summer -- and many end up in animal shelters, waiting for loving homes. To promote adoptions of these playful, affectionate animals, American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® in June. Come visit the fabulous felines at your local animal shelter, and take home your new best friend!
What I had not realized is that cats are "seasonal breeders"- females only come into estrous when the day length is 12 hours or longer (12 of 24)- thus responding to changes in seasons. Cat biology! No wonder shelters are strapped during Spring and Summer (more here and here).

I found a tool to calculate sunrise and sunset at various locations, according to the date you enter here. I'm not sure that sunrise and sunset are perfect indicators of day length for inducing cat estrous, but they have to be a good approximation.

I looked at Los Angeles- on March 20, 2009 - Sunrise Time: 06:02 hours; Sunset Time: 18:13 hours. That would be 12 and bit hours of daylight. It takes about 60 days for a female cat to go from "having been successfully knocked up" to giving birth to those kittens... May 20, 2009, then it might be, because cats can be insistent about following hormonal orders. And thus... the shelter problem.


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