Our cat adoption and rehabilitation programs help place homeless cats, including those with special needs, in loving homes. We work to prevent cat homelessness through our free community spay and neuter vouchers, humane education programs and cat owner support initiatives.
All proceeds from this auction will support the wonderful work that Purrfect Pals is doing to help cats and kittens in the Puget Sound Region.
Purrfect Pals a 501(c)3 charitable organization (Tax ID # 94-3127448) and your auction payments are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent provided by law. Generally, you may deduct as a charitable contribution the amount you pay above the fair market value of the item. Please see your tax professional for tax deductibility.
Our staff and volunteers are hard at work collection donations for our live and silent auctions but could definitely still use your help. Would you, the company you work for, your friends and family or businesses where you shop be willing to give items or gift certificates?
Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the auction proceeds will support Purrfect Pals and the wonderful work we are doing for cats and kittens in our community. Your donation will also be described in the auction catalog (If received before the guaranteed catalog print deadline of September 30th, 2018).
ARLINGTON, WA – August 16, 2018 – Purrfect Pals is proud to announce its recent Better Business Bureau Accreditation. As a BBB Accredited Charity, Purrfect Pals is dedicated to BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, a comprehensive set of best practices for how charities that go beyond the requirements of state and federal regulations in critical areas of operations: governance; measuring effectiveness; financial management; and fundraising and communications.
Purrfect Pals applied to become a BBB Accredited Charity because for more than 100 years, BBB has helped people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. More than 90 percent of consumers recognize the BBB logo. Displaying the BBB Accredited Charity Seal shows the community that Purrfect Pals upholds rigorous standards of ethical charity practices.
“Purrfect Pals has met the standards for accreditation that signify the highest rating that the Better Business Bureau awards to charitable organizations,” shared Kathleen Olson, Executive Director. “This assures our donors and business partners that their support directly benefits our mission to end cat homelessness through prevention and placement programs.”
Purrfect Pals, a non-profit organization in Arlington, WA, was founded in 1988 on the belief that every cat matters. Purrfect Pals operates a no-kill sanctuary for cats with special medical and behavioral needs which is currently home to cats positive for FIV and Feline Leukemia, feral cats, geriatric cats and cats with chronic illnesses. In addition to caring for these cats and finding homes for the cats and kittens in their eight Puget Sound adoption centers, Purrfect Pals provides a free spay and neuter voucher program and community pet food bank for low-income cat owners.
In 2017 and 2018, strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency also earned Purrfect Pals the highest possible rating, 4 stars, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
About Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest and the Pacific: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org and give.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB serving the Northwest which serves more than 14 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and Western Wyoming.
In 1988, a cat lover named Kathy Centala took a look around her community and didn’t like what she found. She saw far too many unwanted cats and kittens whose only options were, in most cases, overcrowded shelters with high euthanasia rates.
Kathy wondered what could be done to improve the odds for these cats. She decided that the only solution was to take away the option of euthanasia completely. Ignoring the critics who told her it wasn’t possible, Kathy opened the Northwest’s first no kill cat shelter and sanctuary.
Thirty years later, Purrfect Pals still believes that every cat matters, every cat is adoptable and every cat deserves a loving home… especially those with special medical or behavioral needs. We fall in love with these special cats and kittens not in spite of, but because of their differences.
To celebrate the past three decades and all that Purrfect Pals has accomplished with help from cat lovers like YOU, we’re on a mission to raise $30,000 for special needs cats and kittens during the month of August. We’re asking our friends to give a gift of just $30 to celebrate 30 years of second chances. Larger gifts will help us reach our goal faster, of course, but imagine the results if every cat lover we know gave $30!
That means your $30 gift will be doubled to $60 and $300 will become $600!
No One Parties Like Crazy Cat People: Please Join Us!
To celebrate the past three decades and all that Purrfect Pals has accomplished with help from cat lovers like you, we’re hosting an Open House at our Arlington Sanctuary on Saturday, August 25th. Please stop in to celebrate with us anytime between 9am and 5pm!
We Need Your Help to Provide Emergency Medical Care for Duchess, a Mama Cat with Severe Pneumonia and Multiple Broken Ribs.
On Saturday, good samaritans brought Duchess and her four five-week-old kittens to Purrfect Pals. They told our staff that their owner was planning to kill them if no one wanted them so they had agreed to take them and find help. After our team examined them, they realized that something was very wrong with Duchess. She was struggling to breathe and seemed to have trauma to her chest. We took X-Rays and discovered that her lungs looked terrible and she appeared to have multiple badly broken ribs.
We immediately sent Duchess to an emergency veterinary clinic and she was admitted for 24/7 care. For four days now, she has been hospitalized and receiving oxygen therapy, IV fluids and a long list of medications. Long story short, Duchess is in rough shape and has a long road ahead of her. Once her pneumonia begins to improve, then we will be able to address her chest trauma and other medical concerns.
As you can imagine, the bill for the emergency care Duchess has received since Saturday is rapidly growing. Even with the generous discount we receive, we’ve already spent $3,500 and know that is just the beginning. Getting Duchess stable is the first step and then we will need to consult veterinary specialists to determine the best treatment for the broken ribs (which are no longer attached and basically floating around in her chest cavity).
Duchess is one of the nicest cats we’ve met, despite the horrible pain and suffering she has experienced. She didn’t deserve what has happened to her and we are determined to provide the second chance she so desperately needs.
Any funds raised which exceed the amount needed to treat Duchess (and her kittens, who are now in foster care because she is too sick to take care of them) will be added to our Tipper Fund to help other cats in need of surgery or other major medical care.
DUCHESS UPDATE: July 27, 2018
Thanks to Your Help, Duchess is Already Starting to Feel Better!
Our furry superhero is now back at our sanctuary, where our veterinary clinic staff are continuing the treat her pneumonia. She is still on antibiotics and receiving daily nebulizer treatments but her breathing is already much less labored.
Duchess is starting to get a little bit bored on bed rest but we don’t want her overdoing it too soon. We are optimistic that she will continue to improve, though, and once she kicks the pneumonia we will be able to address her broken ribs.
Duchess’s kittens are also doing well in their foster home and should be available for adoption before long.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your investment in Duchess and Purrfect Pals. We couldn’t do this important work without you and are extremely grateful to have you on our team!
We will send you another update soon to keep you updated on the progress Duchess is making. Stay tuned and thank you again for helping us save her!