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November 12: Dinner For The Kitties

🐱🍕🍝🍷It’s a Night Out for the Kitties at Milton’s Pizza and Pasta – Wakefield 😋Bring your family and friends and Milton’s will donate 10%-20% of the sales to Purr Partners!

📍Tuesday, November 12
📍5:00pm – 10:00pm
📍Wakefield Commons – 14520 New Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27614
☎️ (919) 570-9099
👍 Dine In or Take Out

Cats are Good for You!

Domesticated Cats have been around for least 10,000 years and have warmed our hearts and souls with their amusing antics and soft-spoken presence ever since. If you have never owned a cat, it is hard to imagine the feelings of love and comfort that these four-legged friends inspire. But did you know, according to science, cats are actually good for your health?!

Mental Health
Owning a cat improves mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness. Cats are incredibly entertaining. They respond to both your voice and touch and can keep you laughing and smiling all day long. You see, spending time with a cat, or cats as the case may be, triggers the release of oxytocin, the hormone is known for inducing feelings of love and trust and reduces the stress hormone, cortisol. In fact, a Swiss study revealed that owning a cat is similar to having a romantic partner and listen up guys — women are more attracted to men who own cats!

“Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if they live with a companion animal.” 
 WebMD

Relief from Grief
Losing a loved one is incredibly painful, but one of the best coping strategies is to own a pet. Cats offer a calming presence, comfort, compassion, and unconditional love, which can be extraordinarily soothing when faced with feelings of isolation. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly, and show less physical symptoms of pain. Cats are intelligent animals and serve as a social support during difficult times. People in mourning report that talking to their pets helps them work out feelings of grief — they don’t judge or talk back. Cats, in particular, are very connected to their owners in ways that other animals and people are not. Pets depend on you for their care and wellbeing, but in return, they give purpose to your life.

Autism Spectrum Disorder
We all know that cats have a reputation for being aloof, but Frontiers in Veterinary Science reports that cats are affectionate with children with ASD, benefitting the children and families. Children with autism seemed to be less anxious and calm while petting a cat. Researchers from the University of Missouri found that the social interaction of children with autism dramatically improved when around pets. In the study, half the families that participated had cats, with parents reporting strong attachments forming between the cat and their child. ‘These kinds of social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism,’ Gretchen Carlisle, a research fellow at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, said. ‘But this study showed children’s assertiveness was greater if they lived with a pet.’

We must stress the importance of finding a cat with ideal traits for a child with ASD, look for a kitty who is affectionate, well socialized (preferably with children), and is very low on the aggression scale. Purr Partners has adoption counselors who are incredibly well-versed in matching the appropriate feline to suit the specific needs of individual families.

Cardiovascular Benefits
But the benefits don’t stop there, our feline friends provide us with more than just emotional support. In a 2017 study, cat owners who were in their late 50s had half as many diagnosed health conditions and took 30% fewer prescribed medications as did their counterparts who didn’t own a cat. Who knew that independent fur-ball could be so good for you!

The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute has reported that cat owners have 40% less risk of suffering a heart attack and have lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. High triglyceride and cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease and are symptomatic of type 2 diabetes as well as strokes, liver and kidney disease. Naturally, reductions in these levels lead to a decreased risk of these diseases as well.

“Male pet owners have fewer signs of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners.”
 WebMD

Want your kids to breathe easier?
Furry family members may help to increase children’s immunity and reduce the risk that they will have asthma, allergies, and even eczema. The NIH reports that infants who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop allergies — and not just pet allergies!

“High pet exposure early in life appears to protect against not only pet allergy but also other tips of common allergies such as an allergy to dust mites, ragweed, and grass.” 
Marshall Plaut, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Healing Power of Purrs
Of course, this is our most favorite healing power — PURRS! What about those vibrating sounds that cats make? Much of why a cat purrs is still a mystery, recent studies suggest that purring acts as a natural healing mechanism in both cats and humans.

A cat’s purr has been compared to a human smile. People smile for a variety of reasons — when they are happy, nervous, unsettled, or when they try to make someone else feel comfortable. It’s that way with a purr as well. Cats may purr when happy or content, but they may also use it as a way of self-soothing and healing. They may purr when they are nervous, sick, in pain, or even when close to death. This makes sense because of the endorphins that are released during the act of purring.

Purrs vibrate at 20-140 HZ, which is also the same frequency that assists in the mending of broken bones as well as muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. The vibrations increase bone density levels and help with the physical healing of infection and swelling. Therefore nearby humans may be therapeutically benefitting from these vibrations. Purring also decreases the symptoms of dyspnea, the difficulty or pain with breathing, in both cats and humans.

It seems that cats may have the ability to relieve us of our troubles or at least push our worries a little further away while we are with them. Cats have always struck me as being a bit mystical and magically mysterious — now they have healing powers?! It’s nice to know that having a fuzzy fur-baby around will add years to our lives — I guess those crazy cat ladies aren’t so crazy after all!

Written by: Sondra Triblehorn, Board of Directors, Purr Partners Feline Rescue


How Animals Benefit Individuals with Autism – Autism Awareness. https://autismawarenesscentre.com/animals-benefit-individuals-autism/

MU News Bureau | MU News Bureau. https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/0305-millennials-are-not-adequately-saving-for-retirement-mu-study-finds/

2020 Calendar Photo Contest

Submit a photo of your furry feline(s) for a chance to be featured in the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar!

Don’t have a cat? Come see us and we can fix that OR vote and save lives!

The Purr Partners Calendar Fundraiser is one of our most exciting annual fundraisers.  Donations from the voting process and the sale of the calendars go toward saving the lives of countless homeless cats and kittens in North Carolina. Just enter a favorite photo of your feline(s) for FREE and rally your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone else to vote for your kitty to win one of 13 coveted spots in the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar! Voting requires a $1 donation for each vote. Feel free to cast multiple votes, and allocate them however you wish!

Voting begins the moment the first picture is submitted until October 8 at 11 pm EST.  Keep voting until the last minute to make sure your favorite kitty wins!

Enter Your Fabulous Feline Here →


Who Wins?

  • The top 25 photo entries with the most votes.

Grand prize (1)

      • Will be crowned the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar Cover Cat(s) and that photo will be featured on the cover of the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar or choose a particular month and the next runner up will be featured on the cover.
      • A professional photoshoot with award-winning photographer Rick Ward. Note: Winner must be available on offered dates to receive the pet photoshoot.
      • Four FREE 2020 Purr Partners Calendars.

First prizes (12)

      •  Will be crowned 2020 Purr Partners Calendar Cat of the Month and their photo will be featured on one month in the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar!
      • A professional photoshoot with award-winning photographer Rick Ward. Note: Winner must be available on offered dates to receive the pet photoshoot.
      • Two FREE 2020 Purr Partners Calendars.

Honorable Mentions (12)

      • Kitty will be featured on a monthly date block in the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar.
      • One FREE 2020 Purr Partners Calendar

Pick a day to honor your special felines with a photo in the 2020 Purr Partners Calendar

    • For a donation of $15 you can guarantee that your kitty’s photo will appear in the calendar.  Choose a date to commemorate a special occasion – birthday, adoption day, anniversary, memorial, etc. Reserve your date square now as they are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
Reserve Your Day Here →

Want to Pre-order Your Calendar(s)?

    • The 2020 Purr Partners Calendar makes a fantastic holiday gift for yourself or any animal lover in your life. Plus, it’s a great way to help us save more lives. Pre-order your 2020 Purr Partners Calendar today! Delivery estimated on November 22, 2019.
Calendar Pre-order →

 

 

Mamma Mia! Adoption Promo

Apply here and give them the loving home they deserve!


Two of our lovely mama cats, Bluebelle and Shady Lady are Nebelungs mixes and are absolutely stunning!  The Nebelung is an American developed breed of cat originating in Colorado. Nebelung means “creature of the mist”. They are lively, playful, good-natured, and intelligent. Their shimmering grey coat is medium long with a long sweeping tail and taking 2 years to fully develop. Eyes are usually a beautiful glowing green but some will have yellow eyes.

Nebelungs prefer to bond with one or two individuals to whom they stay loving and loyal their entire lives. They may choose one individual in the family with whom they spend most of their time, following them from room to room. This cautious kitty prefers their own family and is shy and reserved with strangers. Adjusting to changes in the household requires time. A Nebelung will do best in a quiet home with adults or older children. If you want a loyal, lifelong companion with few health issues, consider a Nebelung.
From Animal Planet  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTcXt_bkB0I



 

 

 

 

 

BLUEBELLE19
Nebelung, DMH, Gray  Female
DOB 7/15/18
Hey, look at me! I’m a beautiful Nebelung girl and oh so sassy! My foster mom says that I’m a lot of cat in a petite body. I guess that means that I have a lot of cattitude… but I’m just so cute that I can get away with it with my fluffy fur and big green eyes! I say that I have a kitten personality and love to run, and explore and when you show me a red dot on the floor and I’m on it. I could play for hours with the trackball tower or jump to catch the feather on the string. They will be someone who will patiently give me time to settle and to feel confident in my forever home. I don’t really think kids are my thing, and as for other cats… well, not too sure about that either.  I am willing to consider a canine sibling only because well, they’re dogs, not cats! I really want to be your beautiful, quirky, loving BFF and I promise to love you forever all you need to do is take a chance on me!


SHADY LADY19
Nebelung, DMH, Female

DOB 7/19/13
Shady Lady is a big old sweetheart! Her gorgeous green eyes are set off by her shimmering blue-grey fur. She loves affection on her own terms and doesn’t like to be held. Her favorite hobbies are chasing a ribbon toy, lounging, and sunbathing on the screened porch. Shady Lady is social and will seek out her humans so she can spend time in the same room as them. She sleeps on the foot of her foster mom’s bed. When she’s extra happy, expect head bumps and cheek-to-cheek rubs from this regal lady. As she is a true queen, Shady Lady would do best as an only pet.



ELVIE19
DSH, Black & White Tuxedo, Female
DOB 8/30/17
This sweet kitty is an absolute dream! She is confident, funny, playful and so affectionate. She is also a stunning beauty! She has the brightest eyes and a gorgeous fur coat that is soft and silky. When Elvie was brought to the shelter, she had obviously had kittens of her own but they were not brought with her. She pined for them so when two orphaned kittens were brought in a week later, they were put with her to see if she would care for them. She took them right in and cared for them as if they were her own. She has finished raising those babies and is now ready for her own home and a family to love her. She would love to sleep on the bed with you or sit in your lap whenever she can. She is good with other confident kitties and gentle dogs. We think she could be good with kids too. She’s a very patient kitty.



GWEN19
DSH, Calico, Female

DOB 5/1/18
Gwen is a lovely petite little girl who came to Purr Partners with her babies from a high kill shelter. She was a wonderful loving momma cat and now that her babies are grown and ready for their new homes, Gwen is now looking for hers. She gets along well with everyone and is a bit shy at first but quickly warms up and likes to be where she can be with you. She likes to snuggle on the bed at night and enjoys belly rubs and baby talk. She is very low maintenance – not picky with her food, plays with whatever is around and really just enjoys napping in the sun. She would make a great addition to a quiet family that can appreciate her gentle, quiet nature.



GWYNNETH19
DSH, Torbie, Female

DOB 4/1/18
Gwynneth is such a love bug you just want to cradle in your arms and stare at that cute little nose.  She came to us as a mommy, hard to believe given how tiny she is. She loves to head butt to get your attention, and then do her biscuit making dance to let you know you are rubbing her chin just right. She shows off her karate moves chasing lasers and the occasional fly. She was pretty timid at first and would try to run away but then hear the snack bag, do a 180, and come running straight back, It didn’t take long before she was snuggling with her foster mommy so if you’re looking for a movie night partner in crime, Gwynneth is the perfect match.



 

 

 

 

 

 

KACHINA19
DMH, Dilute Torti, Female
DOB 02/15/18
 Daily Medication
Affectionately called Little K by her foster mom.  The name Kachina is of Native American descent and is a deified ancestral spirit in the mythology of Pueblo Indians.”

This tiny girl is full of spirit and will bring anyone who loves her a lot of love and many blessings. She will snuggle, give head butts and purr continuously. She will follow you around just to be near you.  She enjoys playing with the kitties in her foster home and gets along just fine with the older and gentle Pomeranian dog in her foster home. Kachina is a confident kitty and would also be happy as an only pet if given attention, interactive toys and lots of love!

When Kachina was first rescued, she was malnourished, severely dehydrated and would not eat like a normal kitty, she had very little energy and had never learned how to play. But her little spirit wanted a chance to live and this special girl was still a love bug through it all.  With patience, medication, finding food that she liked and lots of TLC, she has gained weight and is a happy, fun-loving and energetic girl now! She may need to take medication for the rest of her life,  but that is not a difficult task with this little one, she sits and opens her mouth like a perfect little angel.  

There are over 400 kachinas in the Pueblo culture but there is only one Little K Kachina!  You will have a treasure should you decide to give this loving girl her forever home. 


KAILEE19
DHS, Brown & White Tabby, Female
DOB 4/20/18
I am a sweet young mama cat with lots of love to give. Despite an injury to my tail, I birthed and loved on my kittens until they were grown. Now, it’s my turn for a forever home. My tail has completely healed and sometimes I even wag it like a puppy! I am so cuddly, calm, and ready to meet you. I would do best in a quieter home with older children or no children. I have been around other cats but prefer my own space.


 

 

 

 

 

 

LUNA
DSH, Blue Tabby, Female

DOB 3/1/15
When Luna was rescued she settled in quickly. She enjoys playing chase with the other kitties, can type, send emails and do online shopping! She loves attention and will crawl in her foster mom’s lap, gaze into her eyes and then wash her face. Luna is looking forever home full of love and cuddles, could it be yours? 



MANDARIN18
DSH, Orange Tabby, Female

DOB 5/28/17
My foster mom calls me Mandy Candy and it suits me down to the ground. I’m a sweetheart of a cat! Being orange, Mandarin is a great name for me, but Mandy is more my personality. When I want your attention, I chirp and trill and will flat out ask for attention with a gentle head butt. I’m waiting at the door for my humans to come home every day and that’s a great time of day for me. I’m on the bed all night and near my humans all day. I’m not a lap cat, but I’m always there. When you get up to do something, I get up and go with you. If you’re sitting at a desk on the computer, I’m on the desk near you or laying on the floor next to your chair. I have a heated cat bed on the desk and that’s one of my favorite places. But I also have a playful nature. I gallivant around the house, I love all kind of toys, and of course, watching the world out of windows. I might not be a kitten anymore but I still have a lot of kitten in me!



MITSY19
DSH, Black & White, Female

DOB 10/21/12
Hello, my name is Mitsy. I am about 6 years old and am a very tiny tuxedo cat who loves just hanging out. I am very sweet and playful too. My favorite toys are crinkle balls and lasers. I have been living with 2 dogs, another cat, and a teenage girl. I get along great with them. I am looking for a place that is a little less busy. My current foster home rescued me from a hoarding situation at 6 months old, so I am ready to downsize my family life.  I am great about using the scratching post and  I am very fussy about my appearance.  I even allow my foster mom to trim my nails weekly and am pretty good at sitting still for her.  I would also do fine as an only cat or a companion to another cat or dog but I do love being the princess. I would be a great addition to a family who has older children and a pet who needs company.


NIGHTSHADE19
DSH, Black, Female
DOB 2/14/18
Nightshade is a sweet and loving young cat. She loves to sit on the screened porch and watch the birds and squirrels and nap in the sunshine. She also loves to be picked up for some snuggles. She always greets her foster family at the front door when they come home. As sweet and playful as she is, Nightshade is a total diva and would much prefer being an only kitty in the house.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANGRIA
DSH, Dilute Calico, Female

DOB 3/20/14
Sangria has been in foster care her whole life. Her mother was rescued by Purr Partners and promptly gave birth to 5 kittens. Sangria is the only one left.  She was the shyest out of her litter and remains reclusive with people. She gets along, well, with other cats and has been with other cats her whole life. She is a beautiful, unique looking girl with vivid green eyes who has, quietly, been overlooked due to her timid nature. We think that Sangria would do best with someone that has experience working with shy cats or a patient person who is willing to work with her and accept her for who she is. We never give up on a cat, so, if you are that exceptional owner, who can appreciate beauty through the imperfections, please contact us about possibly adding Sangria to your home. She’d also be a good companion for a lonely cat.




TALLULAH BELLE19

DSH, Torti w/White, Female
DOB 7/1/15
Along with her beautiful name and exotic good looks, Tallulah Belle has a big personality. She loves hard and plays hard and is more than happy to chase a toy. She loves to play with the other cats, then flops over to enjoy some face and ear rubs. She loves to sleep with her foster family and will purr the night away, though occasionally needs to be reminded not to grab feet!

After being surrendered to Purr Partners, Tallulah needed some time to rest and recuperate. She was immediately affectionate and has enjoyed all the love and attention from her foster family, as well as plenty of opportunities for food and naps. While she limps from an old injury that no longer hurts, she doesn’t let it stop her. She is now feeling great and looking for her forever home that will treat her like the Princess that she is!


TAPIOCA18
DSH, White w/ Calico, Female
DOB 10/1/16
Tapioca is a friendly petite cat with a personality like no other! She walks up to just about anyone just to say hello and will follow you around just for the company. She wags her tail nonstop and chases it like a dog. Although she doesn’t like being held for very long, she loves being anywhere people are. Tapioca gets nervous when she hears dogs, but she’s great with kids and is very affectionate. If you’re looking for a funny loyal cat to spend time with you, Tapioca’s your girl!

Fundraiser for Flower @ Mike’s Italian Kitchen

Meet Flower, she was a family pet until her owner decided that using her as target practice was a good idea. Then decided her medical needs were too much and dropped her off at their the local shelter.

Flower is such a sweet, loving girl and even though she must be in pain all she wants is a chance to live!

 

 

 

Her front leg and collar bone are completely shattered and a buckshot, is embedded in her abdomen. She requires surgery and leg amputation before she will be free of the pain and able to run and play again – tripod cats are quite ingenious and nimble and with care, she will finally have the life she deserves. Please help Flower!

Join us at Mike’s Italian Kitchen for a fantastic meal and help us raise funds for Flower’s medical care.   Chef Mike Pascarella grew up in Naples Italy, and his newest restaurant, Mike’s Italian Kitchen, is known for delicious authentic Italian dishes.

Chef Mike and his team are donating 15% of the entire day’s sales to help FLOWER!

   

Show them this post or print off the Flyer for Mike’s Italian Kitchen to give your server.

Cannot make it on the 23rd? Please consider donating and sharing Flower’s story and thank YOU!

October 10: ‘Que for the Kitties


 

Supporting Purr Partners has never been tastier! All-day on Thursday, Oct 10  we are partnering with City Barbeque. When you show them the flyer (print or electronic) Purr Partners will receive 25% of the sale, you read that right, 25% of all meals purchased will go to supporting our cats and kittens. This is such a fantastic and fun way to raise money for much-needed supplies and medical care for our kitties, we hope you can stop by and enjoy some of the best BBQ in town!

👉Good on all Dine-In, Take-Out, Call-In and Web orders.

Show them this image to be sure your meal is included! Download here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 28: Wine Tasting for Felines

Download and share the event flyer: Wine for Felines🍷


🍷Join us for a terrific event for a great cause — 🐱saving lives!

Enjoy a specialty wine tasting sponsored by Wine & Beer 101 and enter to win some PAWsome prizes! Best of all, it will be a fun evening out with your friends!

🎫Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at Wine & Beer 101, during the event.

Each $10 donation includes a tasting of each of the featured wines (TBA) and light refreshments.

Tickets

 

💯 Proceeds benefit our cats and kittens with needed veterinary visits; including emergency care, spaying or neutering, vaccines, and medicines. It also helps provide food, litter, beds, toys — anything and everything that makes their lives better.

Bring your friends! Help us get the word out and save more lives!  Cheers!

Life is Better With Cats! Help Us Prove It!

 

 

This year alone we have spent close to $80,000 on vet bills. We don’t turn away those that need us, but we can’t do it without help from those who care. As you know we are 100% volunteer, so every penny goes directly to the cats and kittens we rescue. From kittens taped up in boxes and thrown in the dumpster to adults who have lived with a lifetime of pain because their owners didn’t want to spend money on them, we try to make a difference. Incorporated in 2009 as a 501(c)3 we have rescued and adopted out almost 3500 cats – and we manage all this with foster homes and no paid employees. We pull from rural high kill shelters and help those that are sick, injured, abandoned, and hopeless. Every cat and kitten gets whatever vet care they need, but to do that, takes money. We have no source of income except through donations and our fundraising efforts, so by purchasing a tee shirt, you contribute directly to helping us help a cat or kitten get back to health and move to a permanent, loving home – and we can save another! Our volunteers have big hearts, and we know there are people in the community that have big hearts as well, so please consider supporting this fundraiser. Purchase a teeshirt, a sweatshirt, or hoodie, and wear it in honor of those that didn’t make it out of the shelter. We can’t save them all, but with your help, we can save more!

Order yours here!

December 1: Holiday Pet Photos!


Santa Paws and professional photographer, Rick Ward are generously donating their time and talents to create your most memorable holiday photo ever!  

Saturday, December 1
Noon – 4 pm


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Every dollar raised goes directly to the animals in our care, so come on down and show your support by having your critter photographed with Santa Paws!