May 12, 2020
As of today, Aborn Pet Hospital has not yet returned to performing spay and neuter surgery, but Irvington and Ardenwood continue to do a limited number of appointments weekly. In addition, Nine Lives in Redwood City is taking a break from surgeries for at least a couple of weeks. The status of the other groups listed in our previous post (seen below) remains unchanged.
Ohlone Humane is seeking foster homes for cats and kittens as well as people willing to do TNR. Foster homes need to be located in the Tri-City area. Trying to coordinate vaccinations, spay surgery, and picking up supplies is complicated enough under the current state of things; having foster homes that are not centrally located will make it impossible. (If you are located outside Fremont, Newark, and Union City, please consult a site such as Adopt-A-Pet for rescues in your area needing volunteers.)
Purrfect Cat is currently talking with Ohlone Humane about trying to help them out by providing supplies for their foster homes. A good foster home is invaluable and we do not want financial strain to be a deterrent from volunteering. Please consider contacting Ohlone if you think you can help. They also have a wishlist for those wanting to support them financially.
As of March 18, 2020, Purrfect Cat Rescue permanently suspended the sale of our low-cost vouchers. If you've already purchased spay and neuter vouchers from Purrfect Cat you still have time to use them.
The expiration date on your vouchers probably reads May 31, 2020. Because of recent events, we have extended that date to July 31. If by the beginning of July, there are still a large number of unused vouchers outstanding, we may further extend the date, but because we are officially closing at the end of 2020, we cannot extend it indefinitely.
In February and March, we distributed around 125 vouchers. Less than two dozen of them have been used, so many people are vying for spay and neuter appointments at our vets. Aborn Pet Hospital has suspended all non-emergency surgeries at least until the beginning of May, but Irvington and Ardenwood are taking appointments at this time. (If you have an Aborn voucher we can exchange it for an Irvington/Ardenwood voucher via US Mail: email us for more information.)
If you are unable to use your vouchers we can refund the purchase price, but given the nature of things right now, it will not be until at least May and possibly longer. We are all sequestered in our homes and the person in charge of the voucher program is not the same person authorized to write checks or refund via credit card so it will have to wait until things become more easily coordinated between us.
If in the meantime you need to have cats spayed or neutered, you should contact Fix Our Ferals, Nine Lives, Ohlone Humane Society, and Paws in Need. We have had recent contact these organizations and at the time of this writing, they are still arranging for spay and neuter.
(As time permits, we will continue to update our Resources page with information on the various organizations that we think will be useful to the public.)
We hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and well. It has been an emotional time for all of us at Purrfect Cat, as we made the difficult decision to retire from active rescue work, and we began to do all the things necessary to put our fifteen-year-old group to bed.
We could have not have anticipated something as sudden and difficult as this horrific virus sweeping in and making our worries seem so small. Like everyone else, our focus has shifted to the people close to us and to keeping safe as best we can, but there are still plenty of us with foster cats or feral colonies that require daily feeding and that will always be a part of our lives, whatever else these strange times bring.
Right now, most people are not thinking about bringing a new pet into their homes or volunteering with a rescue, and that is perfectly understandable. But as the dust settles and people begin to feel a little more secure about day to day life, remember that we still have some adoptable cats in our foster homes. And that with the inevitability of lost jobs and businesses as a result of this current crisis, there may be more people than usual needing help with vet bills, spaying and neutering stray and feral cats, and rehoming pets of all kinds.
In the coming months, there will be a greater need than before for volunteers to help our companion animals, and in some cases, the people who care for them. We hope something positive may come of this time, a renewed sense of community and a return to the level of volunteerism that has got us through many of our worst collective crises.
Until then, just stay safe.
Edited to add: A few of us have been asked if the current state of things has changed our minds about closing PCR. It has not. But, the fact that we do not wish to give as much time as is required to fully run a rescue does not mean that most of us will not continue on in smaller, less exhaustive ways. A lot has changed in 15 years but not our desire to help.
In the fifteen years since Purrfect Cat Rescue was founded, our volunteers have been responsible for fostering nearly 7000 cats. In that same time, with the help of our partner veterinarians, we assisted the public in spaying and neutering thousands more and have done our best to educate people on TNR, home fostering, and pretty much anything related to pet rearing.
The number of people and organizations who help make those accomplishments possible are too numerous to list, but we have never taken those who make our work possible for granted. We have been fortunate for our incredibly dedicated foster homes and volunteers, our vets—both the spay and neuter vets who are our backbone and the emergency vets we rush to with sick kittens—and our host pet stores that make us feel welcome despite the chaos our presence sometimes creates.
We must also give a tip of the hat to the founders of Purrfect Cat themselves who were bold enough to think this small group could create and support the first low-cost spay and neuter program that was open to anyone in the Tri-City area. That fearlessness has served us well and guided our efforts, but it takes a tremendous amount of resolve and strength.
It is for this reason and others that Purrfect Cat Rescue has decided it is time for us to retire from serving the public and give that time back to our families, ourselves and to each other. However rewarding working in animal welfare is—and believe us, the highpoints make for treasured and proud memories—it's far more physically and emotionally demanding than most people imagine. We are collectively spent, having given as much of ourselves as we reasonably can.
Purrfect Cat will not be officially closed until the end of 2020 and well will spend the next year tying up loose ends: adopting the cats remaining in our care; closing down the low-cost voucher program*; and doing our best to create a thorough list of organizations and resources to direct people to when we are no longer able to assist them ourselves. In the meantime, we thank all of our supporters for their significant place in our lives and in our history.