A world where every cat is wanted.
Imagine How Many Cats Purrfect Pals Could Help If We Had More Space…
Purrfect Pals is a resourceful organization and we have saved thousands of lives with our current facility. However, we need more space to make our vision, a community in which every cat is wanted, a reality. Originally a house built in 1976, our main building is now outdated and the property needs to be updated.
We believe it is time for our Purrfect Pals to dream big and expand our shelter with Patty’s House, a brand new two-story, 4000 sqft building. This expansion of our facility will allow us to increase our capacity, improve services and provide even better care for the cats in our community and their families.
Our plan also includes minor improvements to our existing buildings and property in order to bring them up to code. Renovations include the installation of a commercial fire alarm system, water and septic system upgrades and safety improvements.
More space at our shelter will allow us to:
- House up to 100 more cats at a time and increase adoptions significantly.
- Create a better balance between special kitties who need medical care and easily adoptable cats.
- House cats and kittens from multiple sources (Everett Animal Shelter, Tacoma Humane Society, Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, public intakes, etc.) separately to reduce cross-contamination.
- Isolate sick cats from healthy cats more effectively.
- Provide alternative housing for cats who do not like other cats. Currently our only options are to keep them in a cage or loose with other cats.
- Provide an onsite ultrasound machine, improving our quality of veterinary care.
- Increase the number of cats we can accept from the public or shelters on short notice.
- House fewer cats in a room if necessary to prevent the spread of illness and decrease stress.
- Provide privacy, dignity and comfort for clients who are coming to us for help.
- Increase the size of our pet food bank.
- Provide additional office space for our shelter staff, volunteers and foster parents.
- Increase our storage space for cat food and supplies.
- Meet county code requirements.
Follow Our Progress!
From Grassroots Beginnings…
Purrfect Pals was founded in 1988 by a cat lover, Kathy Centala, who took a look around at her community and saw far too many unwanted cats and kittens whose only options were, in most cases, over-crowded shelters with high euthanasia rates. Kathy wondered what could be done to improve the odds of these cats, and quickly determined that the only solution was to take away the option of euthanasia completely.
Kathy had never run a shelter and the only thing she had less of than money was fundraising experience. Determined to open the Puget Sound region’s first no-kill cat shelter, though, she somehow scraped together the down payment for a modest house on five acres in Arlington in 1993. Room by room, the house was renovated over the years, along with its two unattached garages, to create our existing shelter, veterinary clinic and sanctuaries.
Today, our facility has room for up to 225 cats, both short and long-term residents. Most are loose in large rooms, many with attached outdoor enclosures. We house an additional 50-250 cats and kittens in foster care, depending on the time of year.
At Purrfect Pals, our highest priority is taking in the cats and kittens who need us most… those other shelters and rescue groups might not have the resources to help. This includes older cats, cats with major medical needs, cats with chronic illnesses (including FIV and Feline Leukemia) and those with behavioral challenges. Cats who are not easily adoptable have a forever home in our sanctuaries.
Our Vision for Puget Sound Communities…
As the Purrfect Pals team looks back at our first twenty-five years, we realize just how far our community has come since Kathy Centala first started her mission of helping homeless cats. Today, the Puget Sound region is home to several no-kill shelters, Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs and low-cost spay and neuter clinics. Cats and kittens are being spayed and neutered before being adopted, something that was rare in shelters in 1988. Municipal and public open-admission shelters are partnering with non-profit rescue groups and that collaboration is helping lower euthanasia rates in Western Washington.
We still have plenty of work to do, though, as we look ahead at the next twenty-five years. Shelters are still overcrowded and euthanasia rates are lower but still too high. Cats and cat owners in our neighborhoods need our help and that need continues to outweigh the services available.
At Purrfect Pals, we believe that every cat is adoptable; some just need more time than others to find the right match. Our cat adoption and rehabilitation programs help us place homeless cats, including those with special needs, in loving homes. Our ability to take in more cats and keep them healthy is limited in our current facility, impacting the number of cats we can find homes for.
We also hope to expand the services we are currently offering to low-income cat owners. Purrfect Pals currently provides free spay and neuter vouchers, a pet food bank and veterinary expense assistance fund. Our current facility will not allow us to grow these programs, however. Our reception and office areas are cramped, loud and full of foot traffic, lacking privacy for sensitive conversations with our clients.
Will You Join us in the Next Phase of our Incredible Journey?
Phase One renovations to our existing buildings were completed in 2015 and Phase Two – the construction of a brand new building – is now underway. We still need YOUR help to make our dream a reality, though. We welcome contributions of all sizes, and (on behalf of the kitties) ask you to dig deep and be as generous as possible.
Can you feel it? It’s happening… Together, we WILL end cat homelessness in the Puget Sound region. We’ll create a place where every cat matters.