In Support of TNR

Those of us who work to curb the population of free-roaming cats know there is no perfect solution, but I keep insisting that TNR, while not perfect, is the best solution anyone has come up with.  Anyone. Period.  This article hits on a few points.


Constantin and Charlie, two of my favorite TNR cats.  Best friends living the best possible life this world currently affords them.

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When kitten season is in full swing, our adoption events are visited by lots of enthusiastic people wanting to play with kittens, tell us about theirs, and quite often—adopt one.   This time of year, things are slower, and the cats seen in our Newpark store are mostly the teenagers.

The teen-aged cats don’t play nearly as much in their cages, chase each other, or hang upside down like the kittens.  Mostly, they just nap.  Because of this, they are often passed right by which is a shame, because this is quite possibly the best age to adopt a cat at.  They’re still plenty young to enjoy playing and being silly, but they’re old enough to understand when you discipline them, and they are old enough to have started to develop their personality.  You have a better idea if they cat you are adopting is going to be a lap cat,  one who likes to be pet but not held, or a live wire, running all over the house like it’s still a month-old kitten.

Patches, Fiona and Alistair are just a few of these teen cats available right now. All available for viewing Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. at Newpark Mall.  Come by and give them pet, you won’t regret it.

patches  Fiona (800x600)

Alistair II (800x600)

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Project CatSnip began in 2008 when the feral cat coordinator for Purrfect Cat stumbled upon a colony of feral cats.  To begin with, she estimated there were twenty or so cats in the colony.  As trapping and neutering of the colony progressed, it was discovered that it was an ever-expanding colony—basically, a dumping ground for the unwanted.  Over the next ten months, more than 40 cats were trapped, neutered and returned to the colony; and a few of the more social cats were placed in foster homes so they could eventually be seen at our adoption events.

At that time, PCR promoted CatSnip at adoption clinics and our (then) relatively new website, and we received many donations from people interested in helping feral-specific cats.  In the time since, our site has fallen into neglect because of some technical issues and the loss of a couple of key volunteers.  As a result, programs like CatSnip have not received the attention and support they deserve and require.

We will be working in future to completely revamp, but in the meantime, anyone interested in contributing to Project CatSnip—both to keep existing colonies well-fed, and to help spay and neuter cats in recently discovered colonies—can send their donations to the following address.  All contributions will be forwarded to our Feral Cat Coordinator and allocated for the support of CatSnip.

c/o Purrfect Cat Rescue
PO Box 7958
Fremont CA 94537-7958

Some of the original cats who inspired CatSnip.




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Cats of the Week

It’s been a long time since posting here, and I apologize for that.  Summer is a busy time for us: cats and kittens filling our adoption clinics; the public showing up almost every week to buy low-cost spay and neuter vouchers; and some of us (not me) are lucky enough to be taking vacations.

The cats I would like to introduce you to are not in fact cats in the care of Purrfect Cat.  They are currently residing at a local veterinary office, taken in when the cats’ family lost their home.   Because Dr. Rue, their veterinarian,  has been kind enough to house and feed them until they are adopted, we have made room for them in our weekend adoption clinics at Newpark Mall.   They are all adult cats, six to seven years old, used to a calm, quiet and spoiled life in the home of an older couple.   They have been spayed/neutered, are up to date on all their vaccinations, and in good general health, although two of the three could benefit from a bit more exercise.

Seeing as they are adult cats, set in their ways and used to living with older people, they can be a bit shy to begin with, but all are friendly, love to be pet, and would make great companions for a similar, quiet, low-key home.  We ask for no adoption fee for these cats , but still require any potential adopters to fill out our standard application to be sure the cats are being matched with the right family.

If you are interested, you can contact us through the comments section of this blog, on our facebook page, or call Irvington Veterinary Clinic (510-657-4060) for more information.







Thanks for reading and please share (via twitter, facebook, or any other way you care to) if you think you know of anyone who might be looking for an adult cat to adopt.

Charles on behalf of Purrfect Cat Rescue

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Kittens Are Here

Despite a late beginning to kitten season this year, we now have a great many kittens available for adoption. These that follow are just a handful of our current fosters.


Alistair II (800x600)

Colwyn (800x600) Ewan II (800x600) Fiona (800x600) Greer (800x600) Radcliffe & Dorian (800x600)

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Maddie’s is Here!


 Purrfect Cat Rescue Joins Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days

to Empty Our Shelter


Purrfect Cat is participating in a gigantic weekend adoption event to place all of our dogs and cats in qualified homes.  Free adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at the following locations and times:

Newpark Mall, Newark, CA Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 200 shelters and rescues in eight communities throughout the United States are participating in the fourth Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days sponsored by the Alameda, CA based Maddie’s Fund®.  Maddie’s Fund has set aside $4 million to provide shelters and rescues with an adoption stipend per pet adopted during the event. Stipends range from $500 to $ 2,000.*

Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is being held to increase awareness of shelter animals, boost adoptions, and support the shelters and rescue organizations in the eight participating communities.  The event honors the memory of the foundation’s namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie.

Please visit the Maddie’s® Pet Adoption days website ( and Facebook Page ( for more information about additional locations and participating shelters.

* Maddie’s Fund will pay organizations $500 for each young and healthy animal, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older or who has been treated for one or more treatable medical conditions, and $2,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older and who has been treated with one or more treatable medical conditions (list is available at


Maddie’s Fund® ( is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through Maddie’s® Grant Giving and Maddie’s Institute SM.

Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.


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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, Part II

As I began to write something about this weekends Maddie’s® event, I checked to see what I wrote last year, not wanting to repeat myself.  I saw a few things I’d probably change now,  either for grammatical or artistic reasons, but all in all, I summed it up pretty well.  It turns out, there are times when repeating yourself is not to be looked down on.  Here is a link to that effort on my part, and an updated link to the Maddie’s® website.


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Why You Need a Cat, Part V


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Why You Need a Cat, Part IV


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Preparing to Adopt

This information is available in our store and on our main website, but as I am promoting Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days here this week, it seemed like something worth bringing up.

Firstly, and I suppose this should be obvious to everyone (although, based on some recent experiences, it is not), before you adopt, ask yourself why you want to.  Do you have the time to care for a pet?  Is it going to enhance your life, your family, your home?  Do you live somewhere that is conducive to the type of animal you are considering?   You might think someone working with an animal rescue would be the last to talk anybody out of adopting, but we do not merely want to adopt out cats; we want to adopt them to people who can properly care for them.

Consider, too, the age/type of animal versus your household makeup.  If you have four children under the age of six, a two-month old kitten might not be the best choice.  Nor would it be a good choice for an elderly person who uses a walking frame.  It’s not just about the pet’s safety; it’s also about the safety of its caretakers.   Think about these things and talk to those who are fostering the animals to be sure you get the right match for you.  The cat you are drawn to because it’s pretty or reminds you of the one you had as a child might not be the one that actually suits your lifestyle, home and family.


When you come in to adopt you will first be asked to fill out an application (these can be found on our website and submitted before you come in to adopt if you like).  As you can see from the application, it’s just basic information we require.  We want to be sure the questions I posed in the preceding section have been dealt with, that you are allowed to have a pet where you live, and that you have some basic knowledge of what this little life will require of you.

If you are planning to adopt and are a renter or live in an apartment/condo, save yourself some time and get a note from the landlord or manager indicating you are permitted to have pets before you come in to adopt.  The rules sometimes change, or the terms of them do; some apartments, for instance, charge an additional monthly fee for each pet.  You need to know that and know that you can manage the added expense before you adopt.

Most people who have had already shared their home with a companion animal know all this, but working at the adoption clinics I see people on a weekly basis who have not taken all these things into account.  For those people, all of this is worth mentioning and worth their consideration.

If you are thinking of adopting a companion animal in the near future, be it from us or elsewhere, you should look at the list of rescues and shelters taking part in the Maddie’s® Event this weekend.  The adoption fees are waived, saving the adopters a little money for pet supplies, and the rescues are given a grant for each adoption.


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