Thank You visiting The Purr Project. Because of the Covid 19 outbreak, We are limited in what we can do. Not only do we give our cubs excellent care but the safety of our two legged friends is just as much a priority. We are partnered and located at an emergency animal facility so It is our duty to keep everyone safe - volunteers, employees, pet parents and future parents. Therefore our adoption room is closed and we are only adopting kitties on an appointment only basis. For information on when we will be resuming our operations normally check back regularly. The Purr Project is not able to take any new cases at this time. If you have an urgent need, we are still checking our messages here on the website and through Central Hospital at (203)865-0878 x5177 and we will do our best to help you rehome your pet.
We have embarked on mission to help pet parents who are having difficulty taking care of their pets because of the Corona virus. Many pet parents are still unemployed and are sometimes having to make the crushing choice between being able to take care of their pets and consigning their pet to a shelter. It is our goal to keep all pets in their home. Donations will help us buy food, litter, and emergency health care so that pet parents don't have to make that choice. To continue our life’s work, we need your help.
Street came to us in 2009 from a feral colony in Hamden, Connecticut when a good Samaritan contacted The Purr Project about a big cat in the colony whose eye was infected shut. Although we do help individuals and other organizations maintain feral colonies, we rarely accept feral cats into our program. 10 minutes after meeting this cat we knew that he would be an exception to this rule.
He was about a year old, was an absolute mess, as shy as can be, but had the heart of a lion and the disposition of a dove. He didn't seem feral at all. Obviously, someone abandoned him in the woods where this colony lived.We named him “Street”, for his toughness.
The next step was to get him cleaned up and stable - especially his left eye - which did not seem terribly infected but something was obviously amiss. Uh-oh, what’s this? This looks like ringworm! Just great! So his first visit was to the dermatologist – and yes, it was ringworm. Next, was months in the isolation ward, weekly sulfur baths, and doses of specialized medicine to get rid of the ringworm. Of course this story is much too simple as 13 other cats and 3 volunteers were also infected!!
While in isolation, Street developed a particular bond with Gizmo – another 1-year-old male cat - they truly became best buds.
After 4 months in isolation and more than $3,000 in medications and testing for all 14 cats, it was finally off to the ophthalmology specialist in Norwalk, CT. Fortunately, the eye wasn’t infected but was just severely underdeveloped.
Eventually, the underdeveloped eye was removed and Street blossomed into a big, handsome, kitty who did just fine. After a few weeks, Street and his best buddy Gizmo became brothers as they were adopted together by a true cat lover where they are still together today!
Gizmo & Street
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