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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Purr Partners is to help homeless felines find loving, permanent homes through adoption and placement. We believe that all cats have value and deserve a chance to live their lives in a safe and caring home. We further believe that it is only through education and advocacy that there will come a time when there are no more homeless cats and all individuals and communities will extend kindness and hope to all cats whether companion animals, strays, or ferals. We support the belief that cats have an intrinsic value beyond their value to humans, and we will be advocates for cats everywhere through whatever means we have available.

Results: Purr Partners Feline Rescue is a 501(c)(3), no-kill, all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to saving the lives of cats and kittens in Central North Carolina. Incorporated in 2009 by two friends, 4 cats, and no budget. These two women realized the need for a "cat only" rescue that worked with rural shelters -- where cats routinely loose their lives. Purr Partners was founded to save the lives of those most in jeopardy with little hope of survival. High-kill rural shelters became the focus for Purr Partners, and that is still true today. From those humble beginnings the rescue has grown to over a hundred active volunteers and a budget of approximately $175,000. At any given time there are between 100 and 150 cats and kittens in foster care. We have saved the lives of nearly 3500 cats and are still growing!

Target demographics: Save the lives of cats and kittens

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017 we had over 500 sucessfull adoptions.

Geographic areas served: Central North Carolina

Programs: Pulling cats from high kill shelters, fulling vetting including spay and neutering prior to finding these helpless animals, permanent loving homes.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Jeanne G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have adopted two beautiful fur babies from Purr Partners. The founder and President, Lawanna, is the most kind and caring person, who works tirelessly to save every kitty she can. She and her volunteers are wonderful, caring people who do everything they can do to help the cats find loving homes. They feed feral colonies, foster cats until they are lucky enough to be adopted, provide medical care to sick and injured cats. All their cats are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, treated for fleas, and checked out by a Vet. There aren't words to describe how wonderful this rescue is.

2 Angie Daniels G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with PurrPartners with I found 5 kittens that were abandoned. With their help, I was able to get them all loving homes. I was so impressed with the organization that I have been a foster and volunteer for nearly 3 years. In that time I have assisted in finding homes for over 70 cats and kittens. Our adoption process is very rigorous - and not all people agree with our terms. We asked that they always be kept inside, provide regular vet care, provide a safe environment and never even under any circumstance declaw. If a person was denied - it was for one of those reasons. We are so committed to the well being of the cats, that we will take them back if it is not the right situation. This group of volunteers put the kitty's needs above all others. I am proud to be part of this group and admire their dedication to educating the public on the importance of spay and neuter to prevent unwanted births.

2 Karen A.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year and a half after our two elderly cats (18 and 20) passed away, our teenage son asked for a "furry friend." He's a cat lover and was going through a difficult time. I wasn't ready yet for a 20-year commitment to any animal, so I suggested we foster with a local shelter or rescue. Animall of Cary put us in touch with Purr Partners and we've been volunteering with them now for over a year. Purr Partners was a great way to get back into pet guardianship, as we were able to enjoy our foster cats until they were adopted and then meet the next one. If you enjoy falling in love over and over, this is for you! Ultimately, we adopted our first "foster fail" kitty and she's brought so much happiness to our home and family. It's a "who rescued who" story.

1 Liz M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Purr Partners was wonderful to work with when we found our awesome kitty, Zeke, as one of their rescues. He was well socialized since he was fostered in a home situation, chipped, up to date on shots, and neutered. He has been such a delightful family member, friendly to everyone, and always willing to lend a paw. Purr Partners is very attentive to helping each potential adopter find the right cat or kitten for their home and finding the right home for each kitty. All the staff are volunteers and Purr Partners is operated solely on donations.
I respected Purr Partners and their goals of saving as many cats from high kill shelters in NC so much that I became a volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my one of my kitties here. Everyone I dealt with was pleasant, professional and very happy to help my find her. I would recommend this group to anyone looking to add a furry friend to their family.

3 Lisa K.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Please do not be fooled by the negative reviews! If anyone was denied adoption it was for a very good reason. I have volunteered and fostered for numerous animal rescue organizations over the past 20+ years and this is the best one I have seen. The cats always come first at Purr Partners, not the purse strings or publicity which is all too common at many “rescues.” Lawanna has completely dedicated her life to saving cats that would otherwise be killed at NC shelters. No cat is ever denied medical treatment. We don’t give up on cats no matter what medical or behavioral issue they may have. I cannot stress enough how different this organization is. We return messages no matter what, process applications quickly and you can actually speak to a live person! Sure some people won’t be happy. If they lie on their applications or don’t take good care of their pets- it’s true, we don’t want to adopt to them. We try to find the best possible home for each cat that has the greatest chance for success. We are dedicated for life - again, a rarity in rescue these days! All monies go directly towards saving cats and not salaries or marketing. If you love cats this is a wonderful organization to adopt or donate.

2 Ashley S.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Purr Partners for over a year. I can attest that all of the cats and kittens are cared for to the highest standard. All of our adoptable kitties are spayed/neutered and have all appropriate shots, deworming, flea meds, etc. Frankly, I cannot see a downside to adopting a cat from a reputable rescue like this. As a volunteer, I spend hours a day socializing the kitties and preparing them for their forever homes. This work, that all of us do, gives the kitties the very best chance at a happy, healthy life in your home. I will address the issues I read about from prior comments. As I mentioned, we are all volunteers. Did you know that thousands of cats are euthanized every year in NC shelters? Have you ever volunteered for something 24/7/365? I hope you will forgive us if we are "all business." Spare minutes save lives. We can't have a bad day with the kitties. Please forgive us if you happened to interact with us and we could have explained things differently or in ways that would have felt better in the moment.

3 Karen H.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for this organization for the past 4+ years. I like the fact that they never give up on one of their rescues.....whether it's fundraising for a special needs cat (as in Pogo, who was hit by a car and had to have a leg amputated), or even getting a cat help from a behaviorist so that the cat can be adopted. I also love the fact that they will take their cats back, no matter how long it's been, if something happens to the adopters. They do not want the cats back in the system of shelters. They do seem to be particular about placing cats and kittens in their forever homes. They do a check, with references, for potential adopters. I see this as a positive aspect for Purr Partners. The organization only wants what is best for the kitties that come under their care.

Client Served

Rating: 1

If you want someone to make you feel terrible and then not adopt a cat to you these people are great. They're more than happy to give you a sick old cat but kittens are for them and their friends. I've even adopted from them in the past and still have that cat. He's happy and healthy but I wasn't a good enough candidate for a kitten. Coincidentally the kitten was the lady's daughters favorite of the bunch.

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PurrPartners 08/12/2018

Our volunteers work very hard to match people and cats or kittens, unfortunately, not every potential adopter gets the one they want. We strive to be fair to all applicants, but often there are multiple applications for the same cat or kitten. Each application is evaluated for the best match since we know our foster kitties very well. If an application is denied it is for a serious reason that we feel will have a negative impact on the desired cat or kitten. (See our Adoption Policies at http://www.purrpartners.org/adopt/policies/ ) Our goal is to place as many cats and kittens in safe, permanent, loving homes as possible. Not every application is approved but the vast majority are. Purr Partners has adopted out close to 3500 cats since its inception in 2009.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

As a licensed animal caretaker I have never interacted with such rude and cold people. They clearly only want certain people to have these animals and do not care for the animals well being. Thumbs down.

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PurrPartners 08/05/2018

I'm very sorry that Wolfie222 feels we were rude. Unfortunately, when people refuse to abide by our protocols and procedures, they often do not get the cat or kitten they want. We understand that people can become angry when they feel like they know what is best for our cats and kittens in spite of the fact that we keep them in our homes and care for them just as we care for our own personal cats. All our cats and kittens are cared for by our excellent vets who provide us with much expertise and help us get every cat and kitten healthy and ready for a new home. We do sometimes refuse adoptions in the best interests of our fosters. Getting people to read and understand the procedures listed on our website is difficult, and when they don't, they get angry. I hope we are never rude, and we certainly try to work with every person that applies for one of our cats or kittens. However, it doesn't always work out the way the potential adopter would like.

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Donor

Rating: 1

These people are extremely cold in their dealings with future adopters. I was told I was going to be receiving a kitten and was in the process of filling out a contract when they abruptly denied it. My family has also donated money to this organization (the process was confusing to say the least). And I was told that countless of animals were being killed and they just couldn't hold her one more day. However, I was informed that she was being held in a small room in the foster house (fishy, fishy, fishy). No pun intended. The manager made me cry on the phone she was so rude and curt. I hope she deals more politely with cute, fuzzy animals.

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PurrPartners 08/05/2018

As an all volunteer group, we explain to every adopter that we do not hold animals. Too many times, we have done this, and the cat or kitten ended up not getting that promised home. This is clearly stated on the website, and every potential adopter is told. As for stopping an adoption in the middle of the contract, I would be very surprised that this would happen unless some new information suddenly came to light. In that case, we will always do what is in the best interests of our foster animals. We understand that people get upset when a cat or kitten they want badly is not available to them which could happen for many reasons, all of which are explained. Our reputation with thousands of adopters and within the rescue community and with our vets tells us we are doing something right. Our apologies are extended if someone encountered rudeness, but we do not apologize for making informed and educated decisions about the placement and wellbeing of our animals.