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Welcome Fall

photo by AreteEirene (deviant art)

This year seems to be passing very quickly, too quickly. Fall has arrived, Halloween approaches, and at our weekend adoption clinics, we see a store with all the cages still full of spring and summers kittens now approaching their teens. It has some of us worried to still have so many foster cats this late in the year.

We discuss and argue and dissect why this is the case: the economy; people are too busy to take care of a pet; we have saturated the market and filled all the local homes that want a cat. None of us actually knows, but talking about it takes our minds off the real point, which is that we need to get these cats adopted. Our foster homes are overfilled, the fosters overworked, and the cats need to get into their permanent homes before they get overly used what were supposed to be their temporary homes.

If it fits in with your lifestyle, family and finances, please consider adopting one of our cats and kittens. And please share this with anyone you know who may even be remotely interested.  Our current times and locations are listed in the Where to Find Us tab.

Here are just a few of our fun, friendly, varied charges.

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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

It is once again that time of year—the one weekend when hundreds of shelters and rescues across the country get paid for every animal they adopt.  Maddie’s Fund® is the organization responsible for it and most of the people who have read this blog in past are already familiar with Maddie and the foundation she inspired.   For those not familiar, you can read my original thoughts on the subject here.

Our Maddie’s Adoption Days event will be held at our store at Newpark Mall this Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1.  We’ll be there from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Orbit

With kitten season around the corner, we want to give a little extra attention to some of teen-aged cats. Today we feature Orbit who just celebrated her first birthday.  She is a sweet little thing that likes to be pet and cuddled a bit, but there is still plenty of kitten enthusiasm in her, along with a bit of dog— Orbit loves to play fetch.   She’s particular about which toys she plays with; but when she finds one she likes, she not only chases it, she retrieves it.

Come to Newpark Mall this weekend to visit with Orbit and hear more from her foster caregiver.

Orbit I

Orbit II

 

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.

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

Teen-Agers

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.

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CatSnip

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 purrfectcatrescue.org, 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.

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.

Jenny

Jenny

Tortie

Tortie

Sunshine

Sunshine

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