Today’s Community Connection features Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue. Director Kirsten Kranz provided the answers.
Q: What is the mission of your organization?
A: Our mission is to use our specialized knowledge of cat breeds to provide an appropriate foster alternative for homeless purebred cats and kittens in the Midwest whose special requirements are difficult to meet in a shelter environment, in addition to helping as many special needs domestic cats as our resources allow.
Q: Who are the leaders of your organization?
A: Our significant volunteers are spread over five states, including: Director Kirsten Kranz of Kenosha; Operations Manager Tammy Sender of Valparaiso, Ind.; Foster Homes Director Ann Weltin of Dubuque, Iowa.; plus 35 foster homes and many transport volunteers.
Q: How and when was your group founded?
A: SPCR was founded in 1999 in Kenosha by Kranz, who had volunteered at several shelters and saw that purebred cats such as Persians and Siamese were often admitted in poor condition and were least likely to be adopted because they had special needs that could not be addressed by slim shelter resources. There was a proliferation of purebred dog rescues but nothing for such cats. Starting from a small, home-based fostering operation, SPCR volunteers now take in and place more than 600 cats a year from five states and are well respected in the sheltering community.
These cats come from shelters, owner surrenders, are found abandoned or are turned over by breeders who can no longer care for them. SPCR also takes in a small percentage of abandoned purebreds from rescues in Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar. All cats are fully vetted, fixed, microchipped and evaluated before placement.
Q: What can people do to help?
A: We are always looking for quality volunteer foster homes and transport help. If you have a spare room to devote to some interesting kitties who just need a place to recover and then move on to their permanent homes, or you would like to help the rewarding process of getting those cats to those homes or are looking for a specific breed to adopt, contact us!
Q: What is your next event?
A: We will have a large booth at the Chicago Family Pet Expo, March 16-18 (for more info go to petchicago.com), and would love to see people there. We will have plenty of volunteers to answer any questions, plus cat-related items for sale.
Q: How can people get in touch?
A: People can get in touch with us via our website purebredcatrescue.org.
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