Papa Murphy’s Fundraiser-June 25

Support Purr Partners on Sunday June 25, 2023 by ordering take-and-bake pizzas from any Papa Murphy’s location in Wake County!  If you haven’t tried them yet, we strongly encourage you to check them out.  The pizzas (and DESSERTS!!!) bake up wonderfully in your home oven, and you can also ask to have your pizzas wrapped for freezing to enjoy them at a later date.

They also have gluten-free, keto-friendly and dairy-free choices!

  • 👍Make plans for Sunday June 25, 2023 between Noon and 8pm 👍
  • 👍Mention Purr Partners when you order in person or show them this page 👍
  • 👍Use code GIVE33 when ordering online👍
  • 👍 Good at all Wake County locations! 👍

Freddy’s Fundraiser-July 31

If you haven’t been to Freddy’s yet, you are really missing out! Custard, burgers, hot dogs —  they have it all, and it is all DELICIOUS! And when you visit on Monday July 31, 2023 at either the Freddy’s in Wake Forest or the Freddy’s on N. Roxboro St. in Durham between 4pm and 8pm, they will donate 15% of all sales to Purr Partners!  We are very thankful to Freddy’s for allowing you to help us just by dining out!

  • 👍 Make plans for July 31, 2023 any time between 4pm and 8pm 👍
  • 👍Mention Purr Partners when you order in person 👍
  • 👍Use code GIVEBACK when ordering online or in their app👍
  • 👍 Their address is 11708 Retail Drive, Wake Forest NC 👍

Chipotle Fundraiser-Aug 27

All you have to do is eat a giant burrito (or anything else) to support Purr Partners!!  What could be easier?  Just plan to visit them in Raleigh on Sunday August 27, 2023 at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Raleigh’s North Hills!

  • 👍Make plans for August 27, 2023 between 4pm and 8pm 👍
  • 👍Mention Purr Partners when you order in person or show this page 👍
  • 👍Use code P99NCYR when ordering online👍
  • 👍 The address is 4421 Six Forks Rd, Ste 120, Raleigh NC 27609 👍

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser-Sept 24

Here’s another way to support Purr Partners just by dining out.  On Sunday September 24, 2023 eat at the Texas Roadhouse in Wake Forest any time between Noon and 9pm!  What an easy way to get a donation to Purr Partners.  Tell your family, and tell your friends!

  • 👍Make plans for Sunday September 24, 2023 between Noon and 9pm 👍
  • 👍Just let your server know you are there for Purr Partners! 👍
  • 👍Applies to To Go orders as well!👍

Papa Murphy’s Fundraiser-November 26

Support Purr Partners on Sunday November 26, 2023 by ordering take-and-bake pizzas from any Papa Murphy’s location in Wake County!  If you haven’t tried Papa Murphy’s yet, we strongly encourage you to check them out.  They bake up wonderfully in your home oven, and you can also ask to have the pizzas wrapped up for freezing to enjoy them at a later date.

  • 👍Make plans for Sunday November 26, 2023 between Noon and 8pm 👍
  • 👍Mention Purr Partners when you order in person or show them this page 👍
  • 👍Use code GIVE33 when ordering online👍
  • 👍 Good at all Wake County locations! 👍

City Barbecue Fundraiser-December 30

How about some barbecue?  City Barbecue needs 35 people to commit to attending a fundraiser for us on Saturday December 30, 2023 at the Raleigh location on Falls of Neuse Rd.   You can eat in, and then buy extra and have it on hand for an easy New Year’s Eve party the following day!

Here is the link to RSVP/commit:

  • 👍 Make plans for December 30, 2023 any time between 11am and 8pm 👍
  • 👍 The address is 9424 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh NC 27609 👍
  • 👍 Just use code “FundA” when ordering online/phone/app 👍
  • 👍 Show this post when ordering in person 👍

Purr Partners Online Store

Help us save the lives of even more kitties!

The Purr Partners closet is bursting full of great logo items!  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 from 1-3pm during our weekly Adoptathon.  Or you can also select USPS shipping and pay a fee for postage.

[PURR PARTNERS VOLUNTEERS ONLY: Select “Free local drop-off/pickup for PP volunteers” and Judy will contact you to coordinate drop-off/pickup]

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

Will My Pet Give Me Coronavirus?

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

We always encourage pet parents 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 so that no pets die from lack of information or unnecessary fear on the part of their owners!

Cornell: Coronavirus Update

International Cat Care: COVID-19 Advice for Cat Owners

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

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.” 

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.”

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.

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