How You Can Help Your Local Cat Shelter ~ #LitterForGood



Today I want to share with you how you can help your local cat shelter with Litter for Good. The photo above of our little "Cross" was shared with the world a few months ago, but don't let that innocent (albeit cute) face fool you, Cross is a mini terror who enjoys terrorizing his fellow siblings, but he's also the love of our lives and we wouldn't trade him for the world. However, he is also NOT the only cat in our household. There is also Stripes (pictured below, who belongs to my eldest), and Kitty.


We have always had a love for cats. I grew up with cats, and living in a small apartment in NY wasn't conducive to a big animal, I also didn't want the burden of walking a pet because working full time, also being a full time student, mother and wife, there really wasn't much time for myself. My kids had been asking for a pet for quite some time and we resolved to get ourselves a cat. I loved the idea of having a cat at home who was independent. If you haven't noticed, cats are like toddlers who pretend they don't need you and can do it all by themselves. Generally that's true until they're hungry (and Cross loves to show us how hungry he is by laying on his food bowl), or need their litter changed.


Speaking of litter, I was recently introduced to Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light Ultimate Care® litter by a friend. Cat's Pride Fresh & Light cat litter has amazing odor control for our multi-cat household. I hate walking into a home and knowing that there's a cat in the house before actually seeing him or her. The low dust is awesome because coughing while pouring your litter is not something that you want to do either, and let's talk about the clumping action. It is off the charts! It makes cleaning their litter box a breeze.


Now my friend knew that I am always willing and able to lend a helping hand to cat shelters, and there was a great reason for her telling me to purchase Cat's Pride Light & Fresh cat litter and I'll soon share that with you...but first, a little back story.  Our first cat Snowflake who lived with us for many years, traveled around the country and made her way to our final duty station here in Colorado, was adopted at the local shelter in New York. She was a constant companion up until the day she passed away right before Madison was a year old. When Madison was born, she wouldn't allow anyone to touch Madison, besides her favorite human Kristal (my oldest daughter) and we would laugh that she was her bodyguard. Madison would pull on her tail and sit on her, and she tolerated it with the patience of an adult realizing that a baby didn't truly understand what she was doing.

There are so many cats in shelters today, and I'm always heartbroken whenever we visit, and while I wish I could adopt them all, unfortunately, it's not possible. However, I can help out in so many other ways and try to do that as much as possible. Here are 3 easy ways you too can support your local cat shelter.


1. Volunteer
Animal shelters are generally understaffed, and if you have ever visited you can see that. They encourage volunteers, even if it's just for an hour or two a week, and it can make a world of a difference. Whatever time you can give, they truly appreciate it. You can contact your local shelter to find out about what opportunities are there for you as a volunteer.

2. Foster
If you can't adopt an animal, but can foster, consider doing so. Not only do you open your home to an animal looking for a home, but you will be providing him/her with the love and attention that they seek until they find their 'furever' home. It's been known that foster pets have a much greater chance of finding such a home because they've been socialized.

3. Donate 
Not only can you donate funds, but you can donate food, toys and even litter to your local cat shelter. Calling your shelter to learn what they need most is always a great idea, but guess what? A cat shelter can never have too much litter.


If you're already a cat owner and can't do any of the above, Cat's Pride has made it even easier for you. After all you're going to need to buy litter for your own cat right?

Cat's Pride has an amazing program called Litter for Good, and it's really simple. With every purchase of the green jug of Cat's Pride Fresh & Light cat litter, Cat's Pride will donate a pound of litter to shelters across the country. I told you it was easy.

You're not only providing your own household and cat with an amazing litter, but you're also helping out other cats nationwide as well. To learn more visit catspride.com/litterforgood.

While on the website, be sure to sign up for the Cat’s Pride® Club to nominate a shelter to receive litter donation. The Cat’s Pride Club offers valuable coupons and incentives throughout the year, as well as updates on the program donations and shelter highlights.


Remember every litter counts!

Annmarie John
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78 comments:

  1. Love this!! We do donate to our local shelter! All my old blankets and sometimes homemade dog biscuits go to them.

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    1. That is great, but what do you do for your local cat shelter? Or do you do anything for the cats at your local shelter?

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  2. That is such a great initiative. I've never heard of this litter before, and I have no cats, but I do have friends with cats and will buy this litter for them just so one can be donated. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. That is awesome! I love to hear others try and help even if they don't have a cat. It's really the little things that count. Thank you.

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  3. I feel like a lot of people help their animal shelters in los angeles, because... Well, it seems as though EVERYONE has a pet LOL!

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    1. OK, let's talk a bit about what YOU do? Just because everyone has a pet, doesn't mean that they do much for the shelters. I remember when I lived in NY, almost everyone had a dog, but most didn't even get them from shelters.

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  4. This is so great! I'm a huge animal lover, so I always look for ways that I can give back to those furry friends in need.

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    1. That is great! If you do own a cat then this is one of the best ways to do so since you're not only getting well needed litter for yourself, but those in shelters would get it too.

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  5. I just love this! I have two cats and they both come from a shelter! I do volunteer and donate to shelters when I can. It's so important.

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    1. Awww, I'm so happy to hear that you're a cat lover and do what you can. This is another great way to help as well, and you're right. It is important.

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  6. We don't have cats, but I do find them cute. Maybe someday we will bring one home. But for now, we are going to do our part to donate to the local animal shelter. Those poor fur babies wanting to belong to a family. I will also let my cat-loving friends to choose Cat's Pride Fresh and Light cat litter.

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    1. That's awesome!! Not everyone can be a pet owner, but just helping out your local cat shelter is something that you can do, and telling your friends to choose Cat's Pride is another great thing to do as well.

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  7. I love cats as well and I do have 2, which now live with my mother, because I wasn't able to bring them with me when I moved to a new country. I would love to adopt another cat here, and the only thing stopping me is that I am away from home quite a lot.

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    1. Yes, that can be quite challenge. Who will feed her, play with her, etc? Maybe one day you'll be able to adopt a new cat.

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  8. I have done a lot of volunteer work with the rescue by me that takes in dogs and cats and it is so rewarding. I don't have cats but this litter donation is very generous.

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    1. That is great to hear. I'm actually going to volunteer in the week. They love having all the hands they can get, and you're right, Cat's Pride litter donation is very generous.

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  9. These are some lovely ways to help your local shelter. My parents cat is a rescue, she turned up on their doorstep and I took her in as it was raining and she was out there all day. We did all we could to find her owner along with the local shelter but we never found them and she stayed with us.

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    1. Aww how sweet. I'm so happy that she was able to find her way to a good home. Cats are just the best and I just love them.

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  10. What an awesome cause! I would recommend this litter to my friends and family who have cats, and let them know about this.

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    1. Thank you Danielle. Even if you don't have a cat, just letting friends and family know about this cause can help.

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  11. I love when companies donate for great causes like this. If I were to have a cat and a litter box, I would love to have a litter that's not dusty.

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    1. Oh you most certainly would. I hate dusty litter, it gets into your nose and it's the worse! What's preventing you from having a cat in your household?

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  12. You have the most beautiful kitties and I love how you got them from the shelter and not a pet shop. For me when I am able to have my own place I would get cats and dogs as opposed to kittens and puppies as they are less likely to get adopted which breaks my heart. I have definitely been considering finding a shelter near me that I can volunteer at. I really want to be able to do my bit x

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    1. Oh that is so sweet of you. Volunteering can make you feel so much better and you're absolutely right, adult cats and dogs have the most difficult time being adopted.

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  13. Major animal lover here with 3 cats of my own. I am always looking for ways to help and support animals in my community. This is so important! - Jeanine

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    1. Woohoo! Another person with 3 cats like me, although one isn't technically mine and will be gone soon, but cats are just the best.

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  14. Aside from dogs we also have our own cats at home. And you're totally right about them being independent until they're hungry which is basically all the time. I also promote adoption and I'm glad that you adopt instead of shopping for your fur babies. I think it's awesome to help shelters out and Cat's Pride is doing an amazing job!

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    1. They sure are independent aren't they? There are so many cats in shelters wanting a home, and why pay those exorbitant sums for a cat, when you can adopt one for less and give it a home?

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  15. I love cats, but I'm highly allergic. I'm glad that you have give me other ideas for helping, rather than just taking them in my own home.

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry to hear that. Yes, there are alternatives and I'm happy to hear that you may consider them so you can also do your part.

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  16. We are big fans of shelters and rescues! We have always gotten our pets from rescues! we have an older cat and he was only $20 but we donated $100 to help the shelter. We still have this cat and he is been a joy to have! Great with our kids too!

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    1. I don't remember how much we paid for our very first cat, but she was a joy to have. Cats are just the best, although mine has been in time out for the past 2 days for chewing up my MacBook charger.

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  17. Awww you know I never thought about volunteering at a shelter, but that's a great idea. I love animals and I should start donating to them. Thanks for the advice!

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    1. You've very welcome and I'm happy to hear that I was able to give you an idea that you're happy to take part of. You'll enjoy volunteering.

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  18. Your cat is simply beautiful! We had boxers so we can't take in a cat right now, but I have thought about maybe getting one when they are no longer with us. My inlaws use Cats's Pride and they are very picky when it comes to their cats, so I know it is a good brand.

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    1. Have you ever had your boxers around cats? I have 2 cocker spaniels and they get along great with our cats. You just have to give it a try and see.

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  19. This is great! I'm a huge animal lover! We adopted a kitty, such a joy to have her!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear of your adoption. What made you decide to adopt your kitty, and are you using Cat's Pride?

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  20. Toni | Boulder LocavoreFebruary 14, 2018 at 2:12 AM

    These are awesome ideas! I'd love to do this with my kids.

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    1. What would you love to do with your kids? Are you talking about volunteering at your local cat shelter? That would be a great idea.

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  21. We have a very loved and spoiled cat at home. Oscar is just like your Cross. And I think it's great that you're sharing tips on how to help your local shelter out. They need all the donations and volunteers that they can get. Cat's Pride is worth supporting because of this!

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    1. I have to agree with you. I started using Cat's Pride just because of this. I love when companies give back to charity and I'm always up to support them because of that.

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  22. YOu changed your hair again lol sorry that was one of the first things i noticed. I never been the biggest cat fan but your kitty is a cutie.

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    1. Hahaha yes I did, but only for a short period of time, so you won't see this color again. I wasn't a big fan of it. Since you're not a cat fan, you can help out in other ways.

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  23. Your cat is so beautiful! This is such a great idea to care for cats!

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    1. Thank you. I'm not sure that I shared any ideas about caring for cats, but I did share how you can help out your local cat shelters.

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  24. I must confess, I am not a cat pet owner but I just love that there are this kinds. I guess I have to share this to my other friends especially to Liza as she is a cat lover.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes that's all you can do, and maybe that friend will share as well, and then our local cat shelters will get all the help they need.

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  25. oh my gosh, these photos of your kitties are stunning!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, but are you thinking of how you're going to help your local cat shelter? Or do you have a cat of your own, or maybe friends with cats?

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  26. I really love that they give back. Your kitty is so cute! I wish I wasn't allergic to cats or else I would get one.

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your allergies. That means that you won't be visiting me any time soon as my own kitty will make you sick. Bummer!

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  27. I love this and seriously what a great cause to help with cats at local shelters, too!! :)

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    1. Yes, and that's what I love about Cat's Pride. While you're helping yourself by giving your cat a litter they'll love, you're also helping other cats in shelters too.

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  28. I've never had a cat but have always pondered the idea of getting one! I should look into volunteering at a local shelter to see what it would be like to have a furry companion. Cat's Pride sounds like a great brand, too.

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    1. That's a great idea and I personally believe that people should volunteer or foster to be sure that having a cat is something that they want, and Cat's Pride is amazing!

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  29. Where I live there are no animal shelters. Then again there aren't many animals around either. These were great pieces of advice.

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    1. There are NO animal shelters or animals? Doesn't sound like a very fun place to live. I love having animals around, sometimes even more than people.

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  30. I know a good friend of my mom who volunteers herself and sometimes post ads to get the animals adopted. I am inspired by people giving so much love to their pets. Maybe in time, I could consider having one too.

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    1. That is awesome! Have you thought about volunteering yourself as well. I'm sure that your mom's friend would appreciate it, and you'll love it.

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  31. This makes me miss when we used to have cats. Unfortunately I couldn't end up still keeping them because I developed an allergy. This is a great way to help our your feline friends for sure by volunteering at shelters and donating.

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    1. This is an awesome way for those who can't be around cats. You don't have to adopt or volunteer to help out your local cat shelter. There are many other ways to help as well.

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  32. I absolutely love cats and would love to get one in our house. Maybe this will be the year we adopt one. Great tips on helping out your local shelters

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    1. That would be so exciting I'm sure for you and your family, having a cat in your home. Let me know how your adoption works out if you decide to get one.

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  33. That cat looks so majestic! I kind of want another kitty now, thank for sharing.

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    1. Did you have a kitty before? And what are your plans for owning another one? Will you be adopting? How about volunteering?

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  34. We use the same litter! Litter twins. I've never had cats in my life until recently and I can't imagine not having her. Also, Cross is exceptionally cute. You're lucky! Mischief or not, that face begs to be photographed.

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    1. Yes we are litter twins. BTW Cross has been exceptionally mischievous lately. I've been trying to train him on now chewing on wires. He was good for a while, but I recently got back from a trip and he wanted to show me how much he missed me and chewed up my Macbook charger. 2nd one he's chewed and they're not cheap, so he's on time out.

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  35. Unfortunately I am allergic to cats. But I love everything about this post. Let's support or local shelters.

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    1. For those who are allergic, there are lots of other ways you can help out and donating is a big way. I hope you're considering doing so. You can even buy Cat's Pride for friends so that a pound of litter can be donated.

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  36. This is really cool. I think we all should do our part in helping.

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    1. Yes we all really should and what plans do you have to help out your own local cat shelter? Will you be volunteering?

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  37. I love cats BUT from a distance. I can't have them unfortunately so I just admire those who can and have them...

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    1. Well we can't all be cat lovers. However, will you be helping out your local cat shelter, or don't you love them enough to help?

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  38. This is an awesome idea!. I see cats on the streets every days and it is really amazing what these shelters do to help them. Volunteering can really be a great experience.

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    1. Yes it can be, and there are just too many cats on the streets, just like there are way too many cats in shelters as well.

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  39. These are great tips. I know our local shelters are always looking for donations, thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome. I know that your family is a dog lover, but will you still be helping our your own local cat shelter as well?

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