Purr Partners, North Wake Animal Hospital, Carolinas Collision Centers and Capital Automotive Group, would like to thank all of those who donated, helped collect supplies and spread the word for the #PurrforPets campaign supporting hurricane victims in Texas and Florida! With the contributions of the greater Wake Forest community we were able to collect much needed supplies and monetary support. Nearly $3000 was send to Wags to Whiskers of Texas, a sister rescue to Purr Partners. And two enormous truckloads of pet supplies are on their way to Texas and Florida!
Lawanna Johnson, Founder and Director of Purr Partners said, “It is heartbreaking to see the images of the animals — homeless, separated from their owners, afraid and fighting for their lives. We need to carry out our mission and do everything possible to ensure their well being and safe placement.”
Purr Partners is pleased to announce that nearly $3000 was raised to benefit Wags to Whiskers of Texas!
Barbara Bradley, Purr Partners Treasurer presenting Teri Kropik, Director of Wags to Whiskers of Texas with a $2000 check and $900+ worth of medical supplies!
Of those donations received, a six-year-old Wake Forest resident, animal lover and budding activist — who wishes to remain anonymous — chose to forgo gifts at his 6th birthday party. Instead he asked friends and family to #PURRforPets by donating money and supplies to the animals affected by hurricanes #Irma and #Harvey. This young man is leading the way in reclaiming the meaning of gift giving! He has a bright future ahead and is a shining example to us all! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these animals!
Supplies, Supplies and more Supplies!
Licensed Veterinary Technician, Sharon Carlson of North Wake Animal Hospital, pictured here in her Mom’s garage in Chapel Hill, with a load of pet supplies to be trucked to Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Carlson said, “People have been so gracious and truly awesome! We are also sending a truckload to Florida, so please keep things coming!”
North Wake Animal Hospital’s team members Samantha and Amber help Cheyenne of Carolinas Collision Center load up more community donations supporting relief efforts in Texas and Florida.
Ms. Harriet Herring and Sandy Elder collected donations at Carolina Meadows retirement community in Chapel Hill! Thank you to all the residents and especially, Ms. Herring, who is pictured with Sharon Carlson of North Wake Animal Hospital.
Read more about Purr for Texas at ABC11
Wags to Whiskers is located just north of Houston in Porter, TX. They currently have over 150 cats and kittens and are accepting an onslaught of cats and kittens that are lost or have no homes in which to return
Like Purr Partners, Wags to Whiskers of Texas is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer animal rescue. From their location, they serve Humble, Porter, New Caney, Spring, Cleveland and the Greater Houston Area. This includes Harris, Montgomery, Liberty and San Jacinto Counties.
Donate here and select the “Shelter Rescue Program and General Fund” as the donation designation and write in “Purrs for Texas” in the optional field.
🐱🐱 Kittens are curious and crave constant stimulation. A single, bored kitten will often entertain itself by chewing on plants, climbing drapes, climbing furniture, unrolling toilet paper, exploring electrical cords and sockets, etc. This is not to say that kittens who live with other kittens won’t also sometimes do these things, but if they have another kitten to tumble around and play with, it is less likely that they will need to entertain themselves with behaviors like these, which at the least are destructive and at the worst can be very dangerous.
Kittens tend to be very active at night. A single kitten is likely to keep the owner awake with constant jumping, pouncing and other hunting behavior directed at any portion of the owner’s body which moves under the bed linens. With a companion to play with after the owner has gone to bed, this behavior is minimized as the two will occupy each other by finding interesting shadows to chase and games to play until they finally tire and fall asleep too. Kittens want and need interaction with others of their own kind for healthy social development. A kitten learns a lot in the first several months of life from its mother and litter-mates. Separating a kitten from its mother is often a necessity in order for it to be adopted, but taking it away from its litter-mates and isolating it can delay the kitten’s development emotionally, socially and sometimes physically. Kittens that are able to remain with one of their litter-mates or a similarly aged companion, tend to be healthier and happier, and in the long run, better socialized pets than those who are isolated from others of their kind at an early age.
Anyone who has observed kittens knows they want to bite and wrestle with one another–this behavior is normal. You cannot prevent a kitten from doing what comes naturally anymore than you can force a two year old toddler to sit still. Though it is not acceptable for a kitten to bite and wrestle with its human companions, in the absence of having a littermate or companion its own age to play with, this is precisely what a single kitten will want to do. Even if you are willing to allow (and can tolerate) this behavior from your kitten when it is small, by the time the animal matures, you will end up with an adult cat who has developed very bad habits (for example, biting and scratching as “play”). Humans, even loving, caring humans, are not an adequate substitute for a cat in lieu of one of its own kind. Even if the owner is fortunate enough to be home quite a bit, the amount of attention a lone kitten will demand is likely to occupy all of the owner’s waking hours at home. A pair of kittens will definitely still want to interact with the owner, but can keep each other occupied while the owner is doing such necessary tasks as working, paying bills, having telephone conversations, gardening, laundry, etc. Most cats, regardless of their age, are highly sociable and are truly happier living with other cat companions. This in turn makes them better pets, which results in happier owners. Particularly if there is already an older cat in the household, a kitten should not be brought in as a lone companion. As mentioned above, a youngster has boundless energy, wants to play and run constantly, and requires very high amounts of interaction, all of which are likely to overwhelm and irritate an older cat in short order. Likewise, a kitten is apt to be frustrated that its companion does not have the same energy level as itself. At the very least, this can lead to two very unhappy cats. Worse-case scenario, behavior problems such as litter box avoidance or destructive scratching can occur if one or both cats act out their frustrations on their surroundings. Longer-term, it is almost certain that the two will never have a close, bonded relationship, even after the kitten matures, since their experiences with one another from the beginning of the relationship are likely to be negative. An older cat is better matched with someone of his or her own age, who has a similar temperament. Adopting a single kitten or young cat is simply not a good idea. Trying to keep a single kitten occupied, stimulated, safe and happy while also going about the business of everyday life is much more of a challenge than it may seem upon first consideration.
At Purr Partners, our goal is not simply to do large numbers of adoptions, but rather to ensure that the animals adopted from our program are getting a home for life. Recognizing that even when a potential adopter has carefully thought through the decision to make the lifetime commitment of adopting animal, brining a new pet home inevitably creates big changes. Minimizing the factors which are likely to cause stress to an owner, both in the beginning and on an ongoing basis (like being repeatedly pounced on in the middle of the night, or having the brand-new draperies shredded) is therefore the best thing we as volunteers can do to achieve that goal. We understand and accept that someone out there will probably adopt or sell you a single kitten. With that in mind, please think long and hard about forcing a kitten to become an only child. Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created kittens in litters!
10. Older cats are calmer.
9. Their personalities are well developed and a good match is easier to make.
8. There’s no question as to how big they will get.
7. They are less likely to get into mischief around the house.
6. They need less attention than young kittens, but can still be quite playful.
5. They still make strong bonds with their new families.
4. Many don’t mind if they are left alone while you are at work or school.
3. Cats often live 15 or even 20 years, so an 8 year old cat is only middle-aged and has many years of affection left to give.
2. These wonderful loving kitties deserve a second chance.
And the #1 reason to adopt an adult cat is…kittens aren’t kittens forever!
Why should you consider adopting a teenage kitten? Teen felines are the best of both worlds – they still have the youthful spunk of kittens along with more fully developed personalities. When adopting a teen, you can get a much better idea of whether a cat will grow up to be a lap cat, an independent investigator, a playful cat who will never outgrow toys, and so on. This way you still get the cute baby animal and a much better idea of how you can expect him or her to mature and behave throughout the rest of their adult life of 15 to 20 years.
So go ahead and visit one of the adoption centers at area Petsmart’s (Wake Forest, Six Forks and Strickland or Capital and Millbrook) to find that perfect kitty!
Welcome to our new Purr Partners Website. We are the same Purr Partners; we just gave our site a new look! Our mission is to help homeless felines find loving homes through adoption and placement. Here at Purr Partners, we believe that every cat has value and deserves a loving home. It is through education, advocacy and support that we pursue our goal of no more homeless cats. We can not pursue this goal without your help. Please consider helping us support our cause either by adopting, volunteering or by making a donation. Please contact us with any questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org.