You've seen the decorations in stores for weeks, but the day is finally here! It's International Cat Day! If you're thinking about welcoming a furry friend to your family keep two things in mind: A) Cats are jerks [Source: I grew up with cats. They're total jerks] B) Cats are awesome, and adoption is the way to go [Source: I grew up with adopted cats, and even though they were jerks, they're also really awesome and would recommend them as pets].

Roughly 33% (yearly national average) of all cats that are taken in by shelters are unfortunately put down because they go unadopted, for a myriad of reasons, from being too old to being black. The stigma of black cats as harbingers of doom runs deep. Here's a fun cat video to put your mind back on happy thoughts:

If you're thinking about getting a pet cat in the near future, visit the local shelters to see if they have one you can take in. Ask about fostering a cat for a while as a sort of trial run. Having a pet has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease... so really, when you think about it... two lives are saved. (Everybody say "awwwwwwwwwwwww")

In Quincy, you can check out the Quincy Humane Society, or you can check out The Quincy Animal Shelter, for more info on adopting a pet.

For Keokuk, check out the Humane Society's webpage here.

In Hannibal, you can get information about the NEMO Human Society here.