Current Adoption Locations

Purrfect Cat Rescue is no longer located at Newpark Mall. The cats of Purrfect Cat can currently be found at adoption clinics at the following times:

  • Fridays, 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Waggin’ Tails  & Petco, both at Union Landing

  • Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 at Waggin’ Tails

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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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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&Charlie

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

Maddie’s is Here!

FREE PET ADOPTIONS JUNE 1 AND 2

 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 (http://adopt.maddiesfund.org) and Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/Maddiespetadoptiondays) 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 http://adopt.maddiesfund.org).

ABOUT MADDIE’S FUND®

Maddie’s Fund® (www.maddiesfund.org) 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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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

This weekend is the long-awaited adoption event created and sponsored by Maddie’s Fund®.  Purrfect Cat Rescue has been lucky enough to participate since Maddie’s® inception four years ago, and has helped with a long-standing issue within our group—an issue that troubles many other rescue groups as well—the harder-to-adopt cats.

There are always some of our kittens that sit in a cage at our adoption clinics, month after month, no closer to finding a home than when they first entered our program. Some of them are low-key cats who simply nap in their cage giving the public the impression they aren’t friendly or playful.  Others have special dietary requirements and people are reluctant to adopt a pet whose food costs a dollar a day.  Some cats, however social, are fonder of other cats than they are of people and would serve more as a companion to a family’s existing pet than the family itself; not everyone is up for that.   And sometimes, a cat is not adopted simply because of the way it looks; black cats are still the source of superstition and stigma and less likely to be adopted.

Boris.

Boris.

However many reasons there are, at the end of the year—and sometimes even after a couple years—there are cats still living in their “temporary” foster home.  We’re often given ideas on what to do: partner with other groups and exchange their hard-to-adopt cats for our own so they can be seen by a new audience; or pursue farmers, nurserymen, etc.  in the hopes of placing these cats in “barn cat” situations are two frequent suggestions.

The latter is not very helpful for what I assume are obvious reasons: with the advent of big box stores, there are less and less nurseries and lumberyards that exist and need cats to keep the vermin population under control; and as far as farming communities go, those rural areas have some of the most populated animal shelters in the state and are hardly in need of any more companion animals.  In terms of partnering with other animal welfare organizations, there are several reasons why that is not practical for us, the most obvious being that we are a small group; the larger organizations are not set up to work with rescues of our humble scale.

So, for years, the unanswerable question has been “What do we do with these cats?”  Mostly, it’s been a case of them never leaving their foster home.  That presents a problem because at a certain point our foster homes “max out” in terms of how many they can care for and taking new fosters is no longer practical.

Maddie’s® has not eliminated the problem but it has given another option and another resource.  This new resource is the people of Maddie’s Fund® themselves.  The publicity and information they provide during this yearly event increases the volume of people visiting our adoption clinics considerably. Increase the number of people attending and it increases the number of people who might consider a cat that’s a bit older or has a minor health issue.

Beyond that, by giving us a grant for each cat adopted, we now have more money to take care of those who are not.  That might mean we can offer to help a future adopter pay for their adopted cat’s food.  It might mean placing a cat in a sanctuary (an expensive option not previously open to us) where it can spend its life in the company of other cats since it likes them more than people.  It also means we have more money to devote to our low-cost spay and neuter program, the backbone of our organization.

Returning to the main point—those harder-to-adopt cats, we have several we hope people will consider when coming to see us this weekend during the Maddie’s® Event.   There is Boris, a silky, gorgeous black cat born with just three feet; something that does not impair him in the least.  There’s Toad, a charming, black ball of fluff who was born with a slight vision problem that’s easily dealt with by keeping the lights slightly dimmer than usual. And Opus, a strapping orange tabby who having grown tired of sitting in a cage for the public to see, has taken to making nasty noises at them; this, despite the playful, affectionate cat he is in a home setting.

Opus

Opus

There are many other cats who fall into similar categories.  If you are interested in hearing more about them, please ask one of our volunteers this weekend or contact us via this blog or our facebook page.  And as always, thanks to those who take the time to stop by here.

Charles on behalf of PCR