I came across Purrfect Pals several years ago when I was looking for a no-kill cat-only rescue to support through workplace giving. Then a little over three years ago, after having had a home without cats for some months, I adopted from them. The adoption process was careful but not complicated, and the staff and volunteers who worked with us were very friendly and professional, as well as obviously being dedicated to the well-being of the cats in their care.
One of the cats I adopted had been transferred to Purrfect Pals from a public shelter - at the time of her transfer she was heavily pregnant, and one eye was irreparably damaged - in many places she would not have had any chance to live at all. But Purrfect Pals truly does live up to their motto that every cat matters. She was brought to Purrfect Pals, nurtured with her kittens in a loving foster home, and given the medical care she needed.
My experience adopting from Purrfect Pals inspired me to become more involved and to start volunteering myself. In the almost three years I have been doing so, I have seen them live up to that motto again and again and again. From the kitten who had needed special surgery for an abnormality in his skeletal development, to the senior with bad arthritis, and from the young adult who was partially blind, to the bonded pair of semi-feral cats, painstakingly socialized through the Purrfect Pals Prison Foster Program, each of these cats who has been in my care as a volunteer has shown how truly dedicated Purrfect Pals is to their mission. Each of those cats, as well as so very many others, has been given all the medical help and all the love and nurturing possible to get them ready for and to help them find the perfect home.
And for those still waiting, the shelter doesn't give up either. FIV+? FeLV+? Diabetic?Behavioural issues? No matter - all will know love and care, and a safe environment for as long as it takes. Because every cat really does matter to them!
This organization has changed so much I had to give it only 1 star. They no longer do free spay/neuters for the public and when someone calls with a problem they pass them off to other organizations who have nothing to do with cat behavior issues. They treat some volunteers horribly and several were asked to leave with no real reason given. No matter what their motto says every cat DOESN'T matter.
I brought a problem cat to Purrfect Pals after getting no return call back from all the other shelters I called. The poor cat had been abandoned at a vacant house, and I took it in not realizing it had a problem with urinating everywhere. I tried everything over the course of a year to help her modify her behavior. Finally I called this facility, and made an appointment to get her in within a few days. I toured the facility and I was so impressed with the level of kindness and concern. The cats seemed very well taken care of...cats and kittens no one else would take. Now I donate as often as I can after seeing their wonderful work up close.
Review from Guidestar
This cat sanctuary provides food, shelter, medical care and TLC to all cats - homeless, sick, feral, and FIV positive. They will positively do anything they can to make the lives of cats better. Amazing in every way!
I volunteered her for almost two years. I adopted one of my kitties here. This organization is an amazing shelter with amazing people. The love they have for the cats is amazing. This isn't just another place to find a cat to bring home. The cats who are here have been honestly cared for. No challenge is just given up on. Purrfect Pals has both FELV and FIV positive cats, who would have been put down in a normal shelter. They aren't the cats people adopt. They aren't the ones people drop a hundred dollers on to take home. Yet, Purrfect Pals keeps them, spending money to make them comfortable and happy as long as they are there.
If you're ever in the area, stop by and see. Ask the volunteers who spend their days there about the cats. I bet you that each volunteer has their special favorites in that shelter, and can tell you everything about that cat.
It's love that keeps us volunteering and love that helps those cats find the perfect home.
Review from Guidestar
I first have to tell you that no one asked me to write this review.
My family and I recently relocated to Arlington, WA. I wanted my 10 year old children to experience the joys of long term volunteering so I signed us up to feed shelter cats one day a week. We signed up with Purrfect Pals, the oldest no-kill cat shelter in the area. The more I have gotten to know Purrfect Pals, the more highly I think of them. This organization has been around, thanks to the auspices of one woman, since 1988 and over 27 thousand cats have been adopted. No cat, whether adoptable or not, is unwanted. All all cared for and every adoption is celebrated. What more can I say about an organization that holds a birthday party (with smelly wet cat food birthday cakes) for their leukemia cats each year?
Please support this organization and their hard work. If you can't adopt a cat, please virtually adopt one. Send money in for a cat that can't be adopted and know that you are helping, one animal at a time. If you'd like to learn more, please check out their website at www.purrfectpals.org.
Thanks for reading,