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July News and Meows from PuRR Project

Shannon Campbell - PuRR Project
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July 16, 2015

Mama Ophelia in the PuRR Shelter

Featured Feline: Mama Ophelia

We received a plea through Facebook in late March from a lady whose young cat (not spayed of course!) had produced a litter of five and she needed urgent help. She would keep the mother and one kitten and PuRR agreed to take the other four.

But when we went to the appointed meeting place, a young man delivered the mother and ALL FIVE kittens and simply drove away. So Ophelia and children went to the shelter where she was spayed as soon as possible.

Fortunately, she had some of the most beautiful kittens we had ever seen (“Lady Bug” will be Miss June in the 2016 calendar) and all were soon adopted.

Now, Mama Ophelia lives with some of our other females in a special casita and is ready for her own Forever Home. She is around a year old, and is a striking calico with a very loving personality who will make a great companion.

If you are interested in adopting, contact Linda at

PuRR Project 2016 Calendar

PuRR 2016 CalendarWe are very happy to announce that our talented graphic designer, Griffin of Griffin Graffix, has been busy working on next year’s calendar!!

The special kitties for each of the twelve months and the cover have been chosen and the final results are another beautiful calendar that will soon be available for purchase.

Proceeds from these calendars usually cover expenses at the shelter for one month, so it is an important source of funds for us.

Details on how YOU can get yours will be in the next newsletter!

Dulce and Emily at the Vallarta airport

Dulce’s Journey to Washington

Dulce was our Featured Feline back in April after she was found hanging around Plaza Marina by Suzanna Persa. She had obviously been someone’s cat as she was so sweet and socialized. Unfortunately, our older cats have a hard time competing with the little kitties at adoption events, so she languished in a casita at the PuRR sanctuary with some of the older females…..until Suzanna decided to put her picture on Facebook. Kerri Burnside of Bellingham, WA decided this was a perfect companion for “Handsome” so the next step was to get her there!

Emily Murray offered to be the angel who would transport Dulce to her Forever Home and says she was the star of both flights and was a dream kitty.

Kerri reports: “Dulce is doing very well and has made herself home here. She is a very loving little girl! She adapted quickly and loves to get kisses. She loves her bed which faces a private little nook in the back yard with a bird bath and bird feeder. Perfect kitty TV! Thank you so much for raising such a sweet little kitty and then letting us add her to our home. We just absolutely love her!”

Volunteers Jim, Marilyn & Joe Real making meatballs

Meow Meatballs??

One of the most common medical problems with shelter cats is controlling skin disorders that can be caused by parasites such as fleas or mites and fungal or bacterial infections.

With around 150 adult cats that range from friendly to feral, the PuRR shelter has a real challenge to meet…..and we do it with MEATBALLS!!

Every three to four weeks, volunteers help Dra. Eva make many trays of tiny meatballs from canned cat food and each one is then injected with a special medicine.

Then the fun begins!! The cats know exactly what is going on and are crowded outside the clinic door awaiting their “treats.”

With a ladder ready, Jose manages to get two trays on the roof, while the other trays are quickly placed around the yard…..not easy to do with all those hungry felines underfoot!

Any cats that have obvious skin problems are also isolated when possible and treated with topical medication.

The Main House at PuRR

Shelter Update

Just when we thought everything was going pretty good…..we discovered that we had a septic tank that no one knew was even there and it needed to be emptied and repaired!

Scrambled to fix that emergency, then……discovered the wiring inside the main house was so old and dangerous that we could no longer postpone re-wiring the whole house, a complicated and costly job.

Fortunately, Pam and Frank Sullivan along with Eric Grossman and Pat Brumfield stepped up with a generous donation to cover most of that expense. Celia Connor offered to pay for the septic tank repairs.

And then the old donated refrigerator in the house simply quit working during the hottest week ever!! NO choice but to buy an energy efficient new one and volunteer Brenda Gill paid for that.

Thanks so much to all of you who helped out so that we did not need to dip into our summer Food Fund to pay those bills.

We also had to trim some trees that were too close to electric lines, repair both toilets and fix the dryer venting.

Hopefully, the next four months will be uneventful!!

For info on adopting dogs go to SPCA-PV or contact or
For info on spay and neuter clinics go to PEACEAnimals or check out Gretchen's Blog.

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  Learn more about PuRR Project No Kill Feline Shelter/Adoption

  Learn more about Sociedad Protectora y Compasiva por Animales (SPCA)

  Learn more about PEACEAnimals Free Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics

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