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Purrfect Pals’ 19th Annual Black Cat Ball Oct. 29

By Connie Gabelein

Zero and Leuki Land
Jack Skellington, Sally, Doctor Finklestein, Oogie Boogie, and Zero (The “Nightmare Before Christmas” Kittens) were born in June of 2015 and transferred to Purrfect Pals by a local shelter after test results showed they have the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Our sanctuary is one of few which have the space and resources to care for cats and kittens with FeLV. The Nightmare kittens reached a rare milestone this summer: all five kittens in the litter lived past the age of one year, which is rare for kitties who acquire the virus so young. Sadly, one of the five, Oogie Boogie, passed away in August. The remaining four kittens, however, continue to thrive and never fail to entertain visitors to Leuki Land with their antics! Zero is a sweet and VERY cuddly boy who will chirp at you until you’re forced to drop everything and snuggle with him. His sister, Sally, is the self-professed princess of the group. You have to be careful when bending over in the sanctuary because she won’t hesitate to jump up on your shoulders!

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Thanks to our new MeShare web cams, now you can watch the Nightmare Before Christmas Kittens and their friends live 24/7! There are two cameras in their room and one out in their enclosed play yard. Links to the cams are available at purrfectpals.org/leukicam.

Adopting “Harder to Adopt” Cats
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 and events like our “Black Cat Ball” help us do this. 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.

Social media has significantly improved our ability to find loving homes for cats with special needs. Sharing their stories (and photos!) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (and encouraging friends to share or re-tweet them) allows our staff and volunteers to reach cat lovers across the Puget Sound. Thanks to social media, we’ve been able to help cats like Pretty Kitty, who was found in April wandering on a busy highway, walking in circles. This 14 year-old blind boy was lost and confused about where he was and in a dangerous situation. Luckily, someone saw him, recognized he was in trouble, and took him to a local vet. Tracing his microchip revealed that Pretty Kitty had been passed back and forth between three owners, none of whom wanted him back when they were contacted.

Realizing Pretty Kitty needed a special shelter, the vet clinic reached out to Purrfect Pals. In addition to being blind, this handsome senior boy has high blood pressure and is in stage II of kidney disease. Pretty Kitty is very sweet, but we won’t deny he was a grumpy old man at the shelter, especially when our clinic assistants gave him sub-q fluids. His new mom, Denise, saw Pretty Kitty online and inquired about him. She spent a couple of weeks communicating with one of our dedicated volunteers, gathering the information she needed to make an informed decision. She made the two-hour drive (each way) to Arlington to meet Pretty Kitty and they hit it off well.

Denise is a cat savvy woman who has fostered kittens in the past and decided this time she wanted to help an older kitty in need of a retirement home. She and her fiancé have one other adult female kitty at home. Pretty Kitty will have Denise and her fiancé to cuddle up to and his very own room to serve as his sanctuary. Now, at last, Pretty Kitty has a family dedicated to caring for him for all the time he has left.

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Black Cat Ball
The 19th Annual Black Cat Ball will take place the evening of Saturday, October 29th, 2016, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and you won’t want to miss it! As always, the Black Cat Ball is guaranteed to be fun and festive, with complimentary champagne flowing as you browse silent and live auction tables with items priced for every budget, from $15 to thousands of dollars. Attend and indulge yourself, knowing that every dollar you spend will be used by Purrfect Pals to help put an end to cat homelessness through placement and pregnancy prevention. Participate in our costume contest (or feel free to come dressed in evening wear!) and enjoy a gourmet vegetarian or vegan dinner while Randy Scott, radio personality, entertains and inspires you!

For more information or to register online for tickets today, Please visit: purrfectpals.org/newsevents/bcb.