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Buy a cool t-shirt, and help us save the lives of even more kitties!

We can all agree that 2020 was a crazy year!  Although the number of homeless kittens was as great as ever, most of our in-person events were cancelled, donations are down, and the Purr Partners closet is bursting with Purr Partners T-shirts and foam can coolers.  So we have just made everything available in our online store.

Click HERE to go to our online store.  If you choose “Free local pickup at PetSmart“, a Purr Partners volunteer will contact you about picking up your order at the Raleigh PetSmart Adoption Center (2800 E. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604) the following Saturday between 11am-1pm during our weekly adoptathon.  Or you can also select USPS shipping and pay a small fee for postage.

Thank You for supporting all of the cats and kittens whose lives are saved by Purr Partners!

It’s a Kitten Shower!!

It’s a Kitten Shower!!

Month of August

 

During our Kitten Shower, you can purchase gifts for our kittens at PetSmart and place them in the Purr Partners Kitten Shower donation boxes at PetSmart (8825 Six Forks Rd in Raleigh, or 11835 Retail Dr in Wake Forest ), or follow the links below to make a one-time cash donation.  The list below will help you choose the gifts that our kittens need most, or see how far your monetary donation will go!

Best Shower Gifts:
Food
  • Canned Kitten Food: ProPlan, Fancy Feast, Royal Canin
  • Dry Kitten Food: Royal Canin Baby Food/Mother and Baby
Formula
  • Powdered Kitten Formula!  (Sold at PetSmart)
Litter
  • Corn Litter for babies (kittens sometimes eat litter)
  • Cat Attract Litter to help train kittens with no mom
Monetary Donations
  • PetSmart Gift Cards for Prescription food for sick kittens
  • Cash allows us to pay vet bills – follow the link to donate

    

Or see how your monetary donation will be put to good use caring for a kitten’s medical or food needs:

  • A $100 donation will pay for one spay/neuter surgery,  FeLV/FIV Test, FVRCP and Rabies Vaccines
  • A $40 donation will pay for cases of food for weaned  kittens for one month
  • A $30 donation will pay for formula for an orphaned bottle baby
  • Or make another monetary donation of your choice

Thank You for supporting all of the kittens at Purr Partners!

Support Purr Partners while shopping at Pampered Chef!

Pampered Chef Purr Partners Fundraiser

Purr Partners is entirely funded by donations, so we are always grateful to individuals that are willing to help with fund raising.  We would like to thank Pampered Chef for sponsoring a virtual fundraiser!  It starts this Saturday, July 25th and ends on Sunday August 2nd.

If you are interested in their offered products, use the Pampered Chef website specifically for our fundraiser. You also have the option to make a direct donation to Purr Partners from the website.

The link to the virtual fundraiser is HERE.

Thank You to The Pampered Chef and to YOU for your continued support of Purr Partners!

Help our kittens while you shop on Amazon.com!

It is kitten season!  And with kitten season comes an increased need for kitten powdered milk replacer, hand-feeding supplies, pet-safe heating pads and more for our tiniest bottle babies, kitten food and high calorie supplement gel for the older kittens, as well as some of our regular supply needs.

As you do more shopping on Amazon.com during this pandemic, please consider adding in an item from our Amazon wishlist by clicking on the logo above, or on the right side of every Purr Partners web page.

Our list has just been updated to reflect our current needs, and we sincerely appreciate all help you can provide for the most fragile of our little ones!

Will My Pet Give Me Coronavirus?

Right now is a scary time for everybody, and we understand the fear and uncertainty people are living with.  We hope you are staying safe and finding ways to deal with this ongoing crisis in our world.

We are continuing to save cats and kittens and are managing to do adoptions in a safe manner that does not involve face-to-face interactions.  We will be glad to work with you if you choose to adopt during this time.

 

 

 

We are very concerned that people are getting incorrect information about companion animals and COVID-19.  Please check out our links below for information from reputable and trusted sources.

We encourage everyone to have a plan in place should you become sick or have to be quarantined for an extended period of time.  Having two weeks worth of food and medication for your pets, making arrangements with your vet for possible boarding, and having a daily check in with a friend or neighbor who can step in should you become ill are all things to have in place.

Please stay safe and help us educate people about COVID-19 and companion animals!  We are concerned that many could die from lack of information or unnecessary fear on the part of owners!

Cornell: Coronavirus Update

International Cat Care: COVID-19 Advice for Cat Owners

CNET: Coronavirus and Pets – How COVID-19 affects cats and dogs

COVID-19 Updates

**As of March 25th, we have removed all of our cats from PetSmarts in anticipation of further Stay-at-Home orders being issued.  Please stay tuned to our home page as we figure everything out during these unprecedented times.  When our operations at PetSmart do resume, we will proceed with the additional precautions listed below for as long as the COVID-19 virus remains a concern.**


In light of the current concerns of the COVID-19 virus, Purr Partners will be taking some added precautions at our adoptathons scheduled for this weekend at the Wake Forest PetSmart and the Six Forks PetSmart. We will be there on our regular schedule (unless a change is necessitated) from 11:30am – 3:00pm both Saturday and Sunday.

If you are planning to come by and see our cats and kittens for adoption – and we hope you will – we ask several things of you:

  1. Please do not touch the cages, the windows of the inside cages, or attempt to pet the cats through the cages. Touch as little as possible in the adoption area!
  2. Only people who plan to adopt will be allowed to meet the cats or kittens in the inside rooms.
  3. Please use the available hand wipes before you enter the room to meet a cat or kitten and when you exit.
  4. If you, or a family member is ill or have traveled internationally to Europe or Asia in the last two weeks, please do not come. This is for your safety and the safety of our volunteers as well as other shoppers in PetSmart.
  5. Don’t be alarmed or offended when you see us constantly wiping down everything – cages, tables, doorknobs, etc. We are trying to do our part to keep everybody safe!

Thank you for supporting us and all the kitties we rescue! We can’t do it without you!

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 →