We here at HepCatShirts.com are very concerned about
saving the lives of cats and kittens.
Sadly, every year hundreds of thousands of unwanted “pets” starve to death, are killed in accidents,
or euthanized (killed) in shelters that cannot find homes for them.
HepCatShirts.com donates 20% of all profits
from the sale of our shirts to help save cat lives.
Every purchase you make helps end the tragic suffering
of unwanted homeless cats and kittens!
We work with a local cat rescue that is all volunteer, The Rutherford County Cat Rescue TNR. They are angels in the cat world, volunteering
their time and effort to trap feral and homeless kittens and cats,
provide veterinarian care, surgery for injuries, spaying and neutering,
vaccinations, testing, finding foster homes and ultimately FOREVER homes
for 100s of cats and kittens every year.
HepCatShirts also promotes pet spaying and neutering. We see it as one of the most loving things you can do for your pet and for the animal world in general. For more information regarding spay and neuter, read the information below.
Our mission is to end suffering
of homeless cats and kittens.
Every purchase you make, helps! THANK YOU!
Here is a beautiful picture that shows the result of what a kind, loving and
dedicated cat rescue group does. This previous homeless kitty in great need
was rescue by a group we donate to.
Your purchases on Hepcatshirts.com make a difference! Thank you!
Saving Lives: Whether
you adopt a cat or kitten from an animal shelter or from a rescue
organization, you're saving lives. That's right: lives, as in more than
one. Adoption saves more than just the life of the pet you adopt. If you
adopt from an animal shelter, you're making room for a pet that might
otherwise be euthanized, or you're allowing other pets at the shelter to
be kept for a longer period of time, giving them a better shot at being
adopted. If you take home a cat or kitten for adoption at a no-kill pet
rescue organization, you're allowing that organization to rescue
another pet from a public shelter, which, of course, saves the life of
that pet plus the lives of other pets at that shelter by creating space
so other animals can be kept longer. As you can see, adoption is truly a
continuous cycle of saving lives!
Know what you're getting (especially if you adopt an adult): If you're considering cat adoption,
you probably have a good idea about what kind of personality you want
your new adopted pet to have, right? For instance, maybe you need to
adopt a cat who loves dogs, or one who likes to be around other cats.
When you adopt an adult from a rescue or animal shelter instead of
buying a kitten from a pet shop, what you see is what you get. Their
personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the
characteristics you're looking for much more easily than with a kitten
bought at a store or from a breeder looking to make a buck. Rescue
organizations, and many shelters that provide pet adoption counseling,
are able to assess the personality of each pet for adoption, and
carefully match you up with the right pet for your lifestyle. With a
kitten, of course, there is a lot more guesswork involved. Want to adopt
a cat who will instantly fit in with your family? That's easy when you
adopt an adult from a kitten rescue organization or shelter!
Cat & kitten adoption = an instant friend for life: Ask
anybody who has adopted a cat or kitten, and they'll swear their bond
with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart
and your home to a pet who needs help, they really do show their
appreciation for the rest of their life! Cats who have been uprooted
from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond
completely and deeply with their new human caretakers, whom they regard
as heroes. Kitties who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue
because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually
go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they
usually want nothing more than to please their new hero---YOU! No matter
what circumstances brought them to the rescue, most cats & kittens
for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive, and make
wonderful companions. But first you have to adopt one! We promise, your
new friend will think you're the cat's pajamas!
Training, Socialization, & Health: Many
cat & kitten rescue organizations use foster homes, where pets for
adoption are socialized with other animals, and are trained to use a
litter box before going to their new homes. As an added bonus, many
rescue groups and shelters offer post-pet adoption workshops and
training classes. When you adopt from these shelters, you'll have their
continued support to help you through any rough spots you face during
your pet's transition. In addition, when you adopt from a shelter or
rescue group, you're adopting a healthier pet! Nearly all public
shelters and rescues spay or neuter their pets for adoption and
administer all necessary vaccines before they allow you to take your new
pet home. They want to make sure your kitty has at least nine lives!
A smarter option than buying from a pet store: No
matter how "reputable" you think your local pet store is, they may be
getting their animals from one of two sources: 1) a "backyard" breeder,
or 2) a kitten mill. The majority of purebred animals in shelters or
rescues are the product of "backyard" breeders who often sell kittens
through the newspaper classified ads. These are people who think they
can make some easy money by breeding their purebred cats. Many of these
kittens are weaned from their mothers way too soon. Sometimes, backyard
breeders turn into small-time kitten mills. What's a kitten mill? It's
basically a factory farm for pets. The cats are kept in small cages and
forced to breed at unhealthy rates. Female cats in kitten mills are made
to have several litters per year, which is extremely dangerous and
cruel. Each kitten mill produces several different breeds of cat, and
pays little attention to the specific health and temperament issues
related to each one. Genetic health testing is almost unheard of in
kitten mills, and mass-producing animals for profit is the bottom line.
In the worst kitten mills, unspeakable abuse and horrifying conditions
are the norm. How can you stop kitten mills? There is only one way: take
away their profits. NEVER BUY A KITTEN, OR A CAT FROM A PET STORE! Remember, adoption is the most humane option!