Purrfect Pals - Arlington, WA

Purrfect Pals
Pros: conveniant adoption sites, time dedicated to making sure people and cats match
I worked at this shelter as a teenager and have one cat that I adopted from them. When we adopted our cat, we met him in an offsite location that was nearer to where we lived. We were able to spend a lot of time with him during the periods of times where volunteers were available at the store. The volunteers were careful about seeing that we matched the cat. The adoption forms check if you have ever declawed a cat and how past pets have died to ensure that you are going to take good care of the cat you adopt. They have a lot of rules for adoption, which I think is a good thing. Some people complain about the fact that they won't adopt out kittens to people with children under a certain age. I think this is best for the kittens so the rule makes sense.

The main shelter is not the cleanest, but this is mainly because the cats are not kept in cages in most of the rooms and having lots of cats in one place leads to a great deal of hair and mess. Things are cleaned as volunteers can get to them. The cats are kept healthy and if ones in stores become sick, they are immediately pulled and taken to the main shelter to recover in a special room for cats who are sick.

The volunteers on the floor at the adoption locations are friendly and are knowledgeable. If they don't know the answer to a question they will try to find the answer for you as much as possible.

Purrfect Pals also allows cats to be returned to them if for any reason a person can't take care of them anymore or doesn't want the cat.

Great experience, great policies. I love this shelter and their mission.