Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Cat Castles are wonderful! The kitties that sit in cages during adoption events have the space to sleep or relax throughout the day, and they can also go to new heights on the top part of the castle, especially when they want to play or get real close to someone who is looking at them! Since most people who walk into the Petco store don't even think of bringing a carrier, we have them covered, should they need one (which also serves as a continued playhouse in their new home)! Additionally, fosters like to see their foster babies play and sleep in and on the castles while they are being fostered. It keeps the young ones content; a place to call their own!
The Cat Castle is very attractive to both cats and people. For people, they enjoy seeing something that is made specifically for the cats to enjoy. At events, the kitties take breaks and need to retreat at times. It is security for the kitties when they need it. In addition to that, they have a playhouse and they always seem to enjoy using it. What's more, we can allow the kitties to keep their castles, which is helpful if they are either loving it, or if they are shy while transitioning. The other benefit is having it also serve as a carrier. Not everyone thinks of a cat carrier before coming, even when they are strategically searching for a kitty. We have had to send people to get carriers, and in return, has sometimes caused people to not return to get the kitty. Sadly, people want convenience and not to have to run home or even spend an additional $30.00 more to get a new carrier, if they have one at home. Our cats are complete and ready to go, and we strongly adhere to having a carrier before any kitty can leave. We have had to give up our own carriers in some cases, which can get expensive. These Cat Castles are perfect, the kitties go home safely, people don't have to do extra shopping on top of all their needed expenses or run home, and the kitty gets to keep his or her very own castle!
So far we have had 15 cats claim and keep their own castles! There are about another 10 kitties that are enjoying them and many of them will get to go to their new homes with the castles! Since we still have many more castles, there will be many more cats enjoying these wonderful gifts!
It goes without saying that all of the kitties completely enjoy the castles! Here are a few examples. Sammy and her sister Penny: Both are still in foster care but are for adoption. Every day they choose to lounge on or in their castle; considering all the other places in a house to go, they choose this! (Maybe easy access to playtime?) They will get to keep their castle(s) when they go to a good home, which I believe gives them some pleasant memories to take with them! (Picture #1).
Chloe and Jasmine are two very shy girls since they are new to the adoption scene! The castle they have was able to keep them feeling secure (we had to put them on top to get a picture) while they we being shown! Most of the time it is hard to show off the kitties while they are "scared," but most people understand that, and we post a picture and story on the outside of their cage. If people want to pursue, we can remove them easily so they can be better seen and possibly get an adopter! I know for certain the castle gives them comfort while they are getting used to the whole adoption environment! (Picture #2).
Ty and Hi Fi are two great kitties together! They love to play and have so many times caught onlookers' attention! We gave them a castle to play in during the adoption day, and they loved it! On and off, in and out, they only had to take a few breaks every now and then to regain energy! I believe because they were so entertaining, and having the castle only improved their creativeness, it had caused Ty to get adopted! We wished Hi Fi could go too, but sometimes there is already a kitty waiting at their new home! So Ty got to take home his castle, a safe place to adjust until his new kitty friend finds out! (Picture #3).
In short. all of the kitties have enjoyed this wonderful castle; it is perfect for them! Our last picture is Jaida. She is very comfortable in her castle hanging out and continues to use it to this day in her new home! She was adopted during the week when a woman came in after work and saw her! Thankfully we had Jaida's castle with her and no one had to reset an adoption day!
Not only the kitties are grateful, but we here at Aristocats can't say thank you enough for helping us to improve the lives of our furry felines and to enrich the adoption scene for us!
Medical care: vaccines, spays/neuters, pain management, antibiotic.
We were able to increase the number of animals that received vaccines and were altered. Overall, improving the health and welfare of them. This grant also helps to decrease the time that it takes for pets to go to their adoptive homes since we have the funds available for spays/neuters instead of sometimes having to wait a little longer.
Mossy, who is now Henry, came to us as an outdoor farm dog. He had little socialization and had never been indoors. We thought for sure he was going to be one of our long-term fosters. We were able to get him vaccinated and neutered with this grant and start the process of socializing and finding him a great home. Mossy took to the "good life" rather quickly and before long, we had a great couple interested in him. He is now in a home with a family that is the perfect match for him. He is also the perfect lap dog for his "dad," as pictured.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to help enrich his life.
The product of Cat Castles was used for the kittens, cats, rabbits and other furbabies in the rescue. It also turns into a carrier to go to the vet or to their new home.
The animals really enjoyed these castles. It provided stimulation for play and new adventure. It also turns into a carrier which assisted in safe transport.
All of the animals in the rescue.
Henrietta, the kitten who lost her leg due to frostbite. During her rehab, this provided a great exercise play toy for her as well as a carrier. Junebug the rabbit had a blast. She really enjoyed the top level as well as the castle with the door on the lower level. On behalf of all the furbabies, we thank you for this grant.
The product was used to help homeless cats be presented in a becoming manner to adopters. The Cat Castles allowed shy cats to hide and invite visitors to interact rather than just walk on past. The more outgoing kitties loved perching on the castle tops, and were more engaging to visitors.
Shy cats were able to express thier shyness by hiding, and not stressing over the exposure they normally cope with. Interactive and friendly kitties were able to interact at face level with visitors and invite handling.
We have placed 80 cats since the arrival of the Castles.
Sour Patch is a red tabby adult male. He was adopted from another shelter and surrendered to our shelter by a family who could no longer care for him. He was very stressed and very shy. His Cat Castle was his safe spot for several weeks. After time, with gentle attention from visitors, he felt secure and safe enough to move from the lower portion to the upper portion, where he could continue to hide but be more curious. Today, Sour Patch is much more outgoing and confident, so much so that he is able to go to adoption display at the local Petco. We attribute his recovery of character to the Cat Castle as a tool. (Sour Patch is the first photo.)
We are using the Cat Castle cat carriers to send adopted cats to their new forever homes!
To purchase these carriers would have been a significant expense for our non-profit organization, so having a supply of free carriers that can also become play spaces for the cats in their new homes is truly a gift!
40 cats so far
Ricky is a cat who was adopted and then returned to us. When he returned, he really struggled to get comfortable here again, so we put a Cat Castle in his kennel so he had a quiet place to hide. When he was adopted out again in March, we were able to convert his Castle into a carrier that his new adopter could then set up in the home to make Ricky feel comfortable. When we did our adoption follow-up call, we found out that Ricky loves his Castle and it is now his special place to relax in the home!
We use these treats in our Adoption Center. At the end of the cleaning shift, each cat is given a few Kongs as a "good night treat." The cats love them!
The cats really look forward to their treats and they help keep their spirits up while waiting for adoption.
Since we received this grant, we have adopted over 100 cats and every one of them has enjoyed the Kong treats.
Isabella is a very shy 7-month-old cat. She started coming around to being handled more when rewarded with Kong treats. She started coming up to the front of the cage to receive these treats and is opening up more and more each day.
Cat Castles donation
We were able to provide kitties in our mobile adoption centers with hiding huts and kitties who were adopted with travel boxes.
We still have boxes so we are still helping kitties!
We loved getting pictures of kitties after getting home and playing with their Cat Castle. Most enjoyed the hiding area underneath.
Sending adopted cats home
Each cat was safely sent home in their own carrier. They then had a new castle to play in.
Ears, who came in with severely scarred and deformed ears, was a but shy and scared to be in his new home. His very own castle gave him a secure place to hang out until he felt comfortable.
Grant funding helped the League provide medical services for homeless animals in our care.
As a partner shelter assisting overburdened facilities by transferring homeless animals to WARL for adoption, we care for animals who have been exposed to conditions of various shelter environments from different regions of the country. Most have received minimal prior healthcare and some are in need of veterinary procedures that can be expensive or difficult to treat. Further, our medical staff are increasingly treating issues more common in southern areas of the U.S., because we are accepting a greater number of transfers from the south where the overpopulation problem is more prevalent.
For example, we treated an increased number of animals for heartworm in the last six months. Heartworm is cause by a mosquito-born parasite and the disease is more widespread in states with warmer year-round temperatures. Treatment for heartworm is not only costly, but takes three to four months and can have complications. There is only one FDA-approved drug for eliminating adult heartworm in dogs, Immiticide, which is administered by deep intramuscular injection that requires strong pain medications, followed by cage-rest or confinement to a quiet place for long periods during recovery. In addition to the injections and pain medications, dogs receiving this treatment are also administered doxycycline, an antibiotic to kill larvae and reduce adverse effects.
This grant helped us treat Jacquard, a 4-year-old Pomeranian mix from Alabama, for heartworm disease. Jacquard, who arrived in November 2013, spent many hours of quality time cuddling in the laps of office staff (such as Kelsey Beaumont, WARL’s development associate, pictured) during her treatment and recovery.
Jacquard responded very well to the heartworm treatment and was adopted in February 2014. Her family has kept in touch to remind us just how special she is. They write: “I just wanted to say how awesome Jackie's been. We had the grandkids over tonight and she let them take a heartbeat and check her ears while playing doctor. She's absolutely darling. Thanks again.”
Your grant helped us provide medical care for several special-needs cats and kittens.
This grant gave a second chance to special-needs cats and kittens who needed time, TLC and medical attention in order to become ready for adoption.
At Purrfect Pals, we believe that every cat matters, not just the young and healthy ones. We strive to help cats who are in need of medical care. We welcome cats who need surgery, the intervention of a specialist or expensive medications and treatments which are beyond the means of many cat owners and most shelters. You might say that special-needs kitties are our specialty at Purrfect Pals.
In March, our staff drove from Arlington to Auburn to pick up five special-needs kitties from one of our partner shelters. The Auburn Valley Humane Society had contacted us regarding three sweet little blind kittens who were in need of surgery. The boys, now named Geordi and Ray Charles, will each need to have both of their eyes removed due to birth defects. We are hopeful that we will be able to save one of the eyes of their sister, Justice, who is also visually impaired. These three darling kittens (first photo) are currently in foster care so they can grow a little bigger before their surgeries. We hope to have three happy updates for you soon!
On the same trip, we brought back two adult cats, Jake and Sabrina, who had both been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Both are now scheduled to be treated with radioiodine at the Feline Hyperthyroid Center at Cats Exclusive in Shoreline. This treatment is not inexpensive but IS typically very effective. If all goes well, they will be completely cured and ready to be adopted within a month.
Earlier this year, a 6-month-old kitten named Polaris (second photo) was transferred to Purrfect Pals from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Port Angeles. Polaris has a neurological condition, likely the result of head trauma, which makes him more wobbly than other cats. He is also visually impaired, has impulse-control challenges and doesn’t always know when to stop with interacting with other cats and dogs. He also needs medication to prevent seizures. This intimidating list of special needs might pose a challenge for some shelters, but Purrfect Pals is fortunate to have the resources required to provide Polaris with the love and medical care he needed. We are thrilled to report that his story has the happiest of endings! Last month, Polaris was adopted by a wonderful family who were ready to open their hearts and home to a special-needs kitty.
Fifteen-year-old Benihana (third photo), a sweet and quiet older gentleman, came to Purrfect Pals from the Everett Animal Shelter after his lifelong owner passed away. He had glaucoma in his left eye so it needed to be removed, unfortunately. He has recovered nicely, though, and is now ready to find a retirement home! We can’t be certain, but believe Benihana might be a Norwegian Forest Cat mix. What we can be sure of is that Beni is a loving and gentle boy who is waiting for his future family to come meet him in our Woodinville Petsmart adoption center.
All of these kitties had different special needs, but what they do have in common was that they might have died if Purrfect Pals had not had the financial means to take them in. It is the support of cat lovers like you which provides us with the freedom to say yes to these special cats who so desperately need our help!