SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— In California we estimate that there are 13 to 14 million cats in the state and they are the most common stray animal that we see.

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA, joins us to talk about the designation of the month of June as ‘Adopt a Shelter Cat Month’.

She starts by explaining that because cats are “so romantic” in the springtime that there is an abundance of kittens that ends up in the shelters. This is also a way to raise awareness of that overflow of cats.

In San Francisco we do a pretty good job of finding stray cats a home, but statewide it’s not good news. About 70 percent of cats that enter a shelter will be euthanized.

Adopting a shelter cat has its benefits. For one you get to save a life and the other is that you hopefully will get a buddy that will last about 20 years and give you unconditional love.

But before you go out and adopt you should consider things like your lifestyle. If you’re away for long periods of time you might want to consider getting two cats so that they have some company.

If you come into our shelter, one of our adoption counselors will work with you and help you find the cat that’s right for you.

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