Burger & Brew Fest

This Saturday, May 21, Purrfect Cat will maintain a booth at Burger & Brew Fest 2016. The event is hosted by Fremont Chamber of Commerce and celebrates—obviously, burgers and beer.  The site explains it all better than I can.

We will be there to show off photos of our current foster kittens, explain our adoption process, and hopefully make more people aware of our low-cost spay and neuter program.

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Important Changes

Since 2012, our Flagship has been a retail space in Newpark Mall.  Purrfect Cat spent years selling low-cost vouchers and doing adoptions in corners of pet food stores and on tables temporarily set-up in public spaces; until the management team of Newpark Mall gave us a vacant store for a song.  We spent two years downstairs by Sears, then we moved upstairs near Burlington, where we have remained since.

The store is ideal.  We have come to see it as our home.  But it’s not actually ours.  And with regret, the mall needs that space to temporarily house another business while their store is being remodeled.  There is a lot of activity going on at Newpark Mall at the moment; and as anyone who has ever renovated knows, everything takes more time and money than what you think it will.

This being the case, we’re not sure how long we may have to relocate. So the most logical short-term solution is to return to mobile adoption events.  We have just worked out a deal to maintain our Newpark Mall hours (Friday 4 to 7, Saturday & Sunday 12 to 3) at Waggin’ Tails in Union City  starting the first weekend in June. We will let you know of other locations and times when they become available.

In the meantime, please check in frequently here and on our facebook page for updates. This happens at the worst possible time for us, just as the spring kittens are becoming old enough to be adoptable, so we want to be sure that those looking to adopt can actually find us.  Our last day at Newpark Mall will be Friday May 27.

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Kitten Season

Spring this year has brought us a lot of odd weather: rain; days as hot as midsummer; nights as cold as winter; and more rain.  Spring also brought us kittens, and in a way we do not usually get them—still within their mothers.   When we sell our low-cost vouchers to the public,  they often tell us that the cat might be pregnant.  Depending on how far into the pregnancy she is, a spay can still be safely performed. After a certain point, though, it becomes more complicated, and potentially dangerous.

Two cats came to us at that very point in their gestation so we made the choice to not have a spay/abort performed.  Instead, we placed them temporarily in the homes of two Purrfect Cat officers. There they can have their kittens, nurse and ween them, and eventually, the kittens as well as one mother will be up for adoption. The remaining mother cat will be returned to the family who found her once she is spayed.

Given that there are never enough homes (foster or forever) for all the kittens needing our help, enabling the birth of any is not our usual protocol, but it seemed the right choice in this particular case.  We hope to share these kittens’ journey from birth to adoption with the public, turning a debatable move on our part into an opportunity to educate.

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Both sets of kittens were born this week. Over the next two months, we will update you with pictures, stories, and hopefully some useful information, too.  By late May or early June, these kittens will be ready for adoption.  By then, “kitten season” will be in full swing so we would welcome new foster homes.  If you know of anyone interested in opening their homes to adoptable cats and kittens, let us know, either through our facebook page or at thepurrfectcats@gmail.com.

 

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.

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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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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