by Christina Morgan Cree
Have you ever seen a feral cat and noticed the tip of one of its ears is missing? That’s a good thing. It means someone has loved them by taking the time to humanely trap them and take them to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and treated for parasites. Love for the unloved kitties is what Project Purr is all about.
Project Purr’s feral cat program is coming up on 30 years and close to 4000 kitties spayed/neutered—for FREE! It was started almost three decades ago by Lynne Achterberg and Margaret Rinner, affectionately known as Saint Margaret. They have devoted countless hours to the care of feral cats and have been recognized nationally. They partnered with other like minded projects and organizatons. They rely on donations and goods donated by the community that they sell at Project Purr’s Rescued Treasures, their nearly three year old shop located in downtown Santa Cruz.
Project Purr’s Rescued Treasures Shop is located at 325 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5. The shop relies on volunteers that help ship, sort, and sell items generously donated by the community. The proceeds go toward providing Santa Cruz County with the only free feral spay/neuter program, as well as FVRCP/rabies vaccines, and parasite control. They have been able to treat 3,880 feral cats for free since 2012.
What Project Purr does for the local community:
— Saves lives: Trap-Neuter-Return. Feral cats are responsible for over 80% of kittens. Half of them do not survive.
— Humanely reduces the number of mouths to feed by fixing the cats. Spaying/neutering stops the breeding cycle and gives the cats a better chance at a long and healthy life.
— Vaccinates all feral cats for rabies and FVRCP. Treats for parasites.
— Collects and distributes salvaged pet food.
— Offers the only drop in spay/neuter program for feral cats in the county for FREE!
From their website: “For over 29 years, Project Purr has provided a spay/neuter veterinary package for feral cats/kittens to all residents of Santa Cruz County, regardless of income. Cats must be at least four months old or weigh at least four pounds. The package includes: spay/neuter, FVRCP and Rabies vaccines, parasite control, and mandatory ear tip (humane surgical removal of the left ear tip as a sign that the cat is fixed),” and it’s free for Santa Cruz County residents.
If you want to donate, volunteer, or have a feral friend that needs treatment, please contact Project Purr.
P.O. Box 891
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Stop by their store
325 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060