Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue (PPCR) is an all volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, socialization, and rehoming of purebred and other exceptional cats and kittens into permanent homes. We are further dedicated to educating the public in the proper care of specific purebred breeds and in the importance of spaying and neutering pets to control the animal population.
An All-Volunteer Organization
From a core group of seven volunteers, PPCR grew until now we have several dozen members, including foster moms, transporters, web mistresses, writers, a graphic artist, a treasurer, a fundraising manager, reference checkers, and database administrators. No member of PPCR is paid a salary, so every penny donated to us goes to care for the cats we rescue.
We are lucky to have, among our fosters individuals who are knowledgeable about the characteristics and needs of specific breeds, such as Persians or the hybrid breeds, such as Bengals. In addition, we have volunteers with extensive experience in rehabilitating sick cats, socializing shy cats or helping owners with cat problems they face at home. We also have fosters who specialize in caring for kittens, and of those, some have special skills required to care for pregnant cats and provide appropriate neonatal support to a feline mom and her litter.
Intake and Foster Care
Of course, we dream of the day when there will be many fewer cats needing rescue, but in the meantime we feel proud to be able to find homes for hundreds of cats each year. Most cats come to us from shelters, some from individuals, and at times we help breeders dissolve their catteries. Inevitably, some also come to us in connection with animal-control actions against hoarders or kitten mills; we have helped in several large-scale situations involving 50 or more cats, from all over the West Coast of the United States.
The majority of our cats spend weeks or months (and occasionally years) in rescue in home environments, where once they have recovered from the initial trauma of abandonment, they live lives similar to what they hope to experience in their new, forever homes. Cats requiring veterinary care receive needed treatment. Cats who enjoy the company of other cats have opportunities to mingle, and many have regular interaction with children—some even with dogs! Thus, we are able to give potential adopters extensive information about the personality and needs of each cat.
We do tend to have more cats in need than we have foster homes available, so are always looking for new fosters.
Why Mostly Purebreds?
People sometimes ask why we rescue mostly purebred cats. The answer is not that they are fancier and hence somehow more deserving than other homeless cats. The fact is that different breeds of cat can have unique care requirements–such as the grooming needs of Persians–or for other reasons do notably poorly in shelter environments. Although occasionally one of our volunteers discovers a cat while visiting a shelter, the usual procedure is for shelters to approach us, asking us to help with cats we are in a better position to serve.