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Monday, June 22, 2015

Hill's #FoodShelterLove Program Helps Shelter Cats All Year Long!

Check out Hill's® Food, Shelter & Love® Program and learn how Hill's is helping connect pets to people all across the country! Since 2002, this fantastic program has donated over $280 million worth of Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1000 animal shelters, helping a whopping 8 million pets find a new home.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® and Food, Shelter & Love® Program, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

We all know the stereotypes: Dogs are happy-go-lucky and always exuberant and affectionate, and cats are...well, aloof, and most of the time downright snooty. Even though I'm supposed to be "Beefing" about life with a cat, I'll tell you all a secret: Our cat, Ms. Bella, is super affectionate and gives Parental Unit lots of love and purrs—until I get jealous and intercede, of course.

And she's always in the same room as I am, and usually glued to my side, whether I like it or not.

Although, I was rescued from the shelter, Parental Unit found Bella on the street when she was about two months old, and for the last ten years, she's been ruling the roost, so to speak. I mean, let's face it, she is adorable. (Did I just say that?)

It just so happens that June is Adopt A Cat Month and the ultimate goal of the #FoodShelterLove Program is to help all pets find loving, forever homes. And when you adopt a shelter pet, you not only give that pet a second chance, you free up shelter space to care for more incoming strays. And to make the adoption transition even easier, the Program provides a free bag of Science Diet® pet food or a $5 off coupon to the new pet parent for each adoption from a participating shelter. Check out this nifty, "Find A Shelter" tool to locate a Hills #FoodShelterLove partner in your area!

With so many cutie pie cats and kittens in any given animal shelter, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you and your family. We always recommend that you access your family's lifestyle and schedule —cats need attention and companionship from their humans, too— then talk with the shelter staff about which kittens or adult cats might be the right choice for you, based on temperament and any special needs. It's always a good choice, if at all possible, to adopt a "less adoptable" animal from the shelter, like black cats (ridiculous, we know), senior cats, and/or felines with special needs, because they've likely been there the longest and are at the greatest risk of euthanasia.

In case you're new to cat parenting, check out these strategies to prepare your home for the new feline arrival, and these special tips for your cat's first month in his or her new home. However you choose to help homeless pets, whether by adopting, fostering or volunteering time at the shelter, animals in need are sure to benefit, and that's what the Hills Food, Shelter & Love Program is all about.


The Daily Pip said...

Great info! We have always had cats and dogs together and now we even added a bunny to the mix!

Bocci said...

Congrats on your new bunny, Ruby and Angel Pip!

Cathy Keisha said...

Great info plus it’s nice you mentioned adoting less adoptable cats.

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