Through placement and prevention programs, Purrfect Pals works to end cat homelessness in the Puget Sound region - Because every cat matters.
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.
Purrfect Pals has developed a robust network of offsite adoption centers and special events. Housed in pet stores, our adoption centers are fully staffed by volunteers who care for the cats and match them up with potential adopters. We currently have eight adoption centers throughout the Puget Sound region. Our cats and kittens are available for adoption in two Petco stores, four Petsmart stores and Denny’s Pet World. Purrfect Pals currently has a team of 600+ active volunteers who help make our offsite adoption program a success.
by Mikaela S. from Everett, WA
(February 13, 2015)
I volunteer every Sunday at the Everett Petsmart from 12-2. I have been volunteering with Purrfect Pals since Spring 2013 and it has become one of my favorite ways to volunteer. My supervisors and fellow volunteers are nothing but kind and communicative, and our work taking care of these cats is reflected over and over again in our community, both online and in the real world. People at my school walk up to me and show me pictures of cats they adopted because I was able to help them during one of my shifts. That's an incredible feeling! I only wish more people would join this fantastic organization :)
I've been volunteering with Purrfect Pals at the North Seattle PetSmart for a bit under a year. It's been a great experience!
The volunteer coordinator for our shelter does an amazing job of helping the volunteers to keep the shelter clean and organized and to keep the cats as happy and healthy as possible. The volunteers are great, the shifts are reasonable, and there is flexibility among the group when you need to switch a shift.
The main shelter is great, too - they house many cats that would traditionally never be able to find a home, and rehabilitate those that hopefully can. I've also fostered for them, and it's been a great experience with lots of support from Arlington.
I'd definitely recommend Purrfect Pals for anyone interested in volunteering! It's fun, can be as short a commitment as two hours a week or intensive as fostering, and does a good thing for people and cats alike.
My daughter and I volunteered at this location and found it to be a wonderful experience. We came in one day a week for a two hour shift: my daughter was a "cat socializer" and I cleaned the kennels. Time went by fast- the kitties are so adorable to look at and to play with. We chose this organization because it is a no kill shelter and we knew when we returned next week, if the kitty was gone, it was because he had been adopted, not put down. This was important to me because of my daughter's feelings. This is a great volunteering opportunity for anyone who loves cats.
by Purrfect Pals V. from Arlington, WA
(Administrator for this Organization)(December 3, 2008)
I have volunteered for almost three years with Purrfect Pals and I love this organization. The main shelter is really willing to empower its volunteers and trusts them to be ambassadors for the organization and advocates for the animals. I like the fact that I make a tangible difference in the lives of the cats at our off-site adoption locations. It is so rewarding to see how much the cats respond to the care and attention of volunteers and visitors at the off-site locations. Volunteers as young as 13 can volunteer with an adult and we have several mom/son and mom/daughter teams that volunteer with us. I recommend this volunteer opportunity highly for any and all who love animals.