Group rescues and rehabilitates abandoned cats

Purrfect Companions founder Brenda Cameron (right) and foster volunteer Diane Stanley hold two cats. The non-profit organization’s goal is to rescue, socialize, and rehabilitate stray and abandoned cats and kittens in the Norfolk area.

Purrfect Companions founder Brenda Cameron (right) and foster volunteer Diane Stanley hold two cats. The non-profit organization’s goal is to rescue, socialize, and rehabilitate stray and abandoned cats and kittens in the Norfolk area.

By Heather Walters

PURRFECT Companions is a group of local citizens that have come together to rescue, socialize, and rehabilitate stray and abandoned cats/kittens in the Norfolk area.
Founder Brenda Cameron has been rescuing and sheltering cats for nearly a decade on her own. When the need outgrew her home and personal resources, she decided to form a group of like minded individuals to continue her work and take it to the next level.
Purrfect Companions came into existence one year ago. Their first major endeavour was to find and equip a facility where feral and abandoned cats could be housed and rehabilitated.
The facility is in Delhi and currently home to over 200 cats. The goal of PC is to find loving, forever homes for all of these cats. Every cat readied for adoption has been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and given a clean bill of health by a veterinarian.
The facility relies solely on donations from the public. Cameron stated that, on average, they require $1,800 per month for food, and $500 per month for litter.
On top of that vet bills rack up another $60,000 per year in expenses. To date the group claims responsibility for nearly 200 spays/neuters since its inception one year ago.
“It seems like a drop in the bucket,” she stated “but that’s 200 cats that are not out there breeding and that is our goal.”
She also stated that the organization has done nearly 150 TNRs (trap, neuter and release) as well. With TNRs , an abandoned or feral cat is reported, trapped, neutered, marked (for future identification) and then re-released to its original colony or home site.
It is estimated that there are over 30,000 feral cats in Norfolk County.
Cameron emphatically stated that Purrfect Companions does not euthanize. Cats with serious health problems (like feline HIV or feline leukemia) are kept isolated from the general population, brought back to adoptable health standards, and then are adopted out to “Only Cat” homes or into homes that already have HIV or leukemia affected cats in residence.
Purrfect Companions also provides foster homes to many cats, in preparation for their permanent adoption. Fostering the cats provides a stable, healthy environment for the felines to grow accustomed to human contact.
“Foster homes are essential” stated long time volunteer foster cat mom Diane Stanley.
“Often the cats need to be re-socialized, reintroduced to a home environment and loved”. Stanley has been a long time supporter of PC and has fostered many cats over the years.
“I cry each and every time they go out to their new homes,” she stated “but I’m always more happy than sad. When I see the joy on the faces of the new owners, I know I’m doing the right thing. A lot of people have big hearts and they want to adopt an animal that needs someone.”
Purrfect Companions currently has 14 or 15 foster homes that are sheltering 30 or so felines. They are always looking for more.
Purrfect Companions holds regular adoption days at Ruffin’s Pet Store in Simcoe. There is a $100 adoption fee which covers the expense of neutering/spaying, vaccination and flea treating of the cat.
Kittens are adopted out for $100 with a $40 refund after spade or nurtured as many are too young to be fully vaccinated. They have a reduced rate of $150 for the adoption of two cats together.
To learn more, visit www.purrfectcompanions.webs.com, email  purrfectcompanions01@yahoo.ca or call 519-410-3141.

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