The cat’s meow: Find your feline friend through Purple PAWS

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After realizing how many animals were being euthanized in shelthers, Susan Clasen, founder of the Purple Power Animal Welfare Society, wanted to make a difference to all companion animals. Clasen created Purple PAWS as an organization with it's main purpose to saving the lives of homeless animals. Susan Clasen poses with a canine up for adoption at the Manhattan PETCO adoption event on Feb. 21, 2015. (Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

The Purple Power Animal Welfare Society is expanding their cat program. They are recruiting new fostering and adopting families and looking to pull more cats from overcrowded kill shelters.

Fostering a cat is like a temporary adoption, and it helps make the transition to adoption smoother for the cats. Purple PAWS has foster families throughout Kansas, as well as in Texas and Oklahoma.

Fostering is completely free, and those interested can register online on the Purple PAWS website or Facebook page and fill out a simple application.

“[Purple PAWS] provides food, vet care, litter, toys and anything else they will need,” Cheyenne Miller, assistant cat foster coordinator, said.

Rylie Wilson, cat foster coordinator and junior in animal science at Kansas State, said the process is painless.

“After a house screen, Purple PAWS registers the parents to the state as fosters,” Wilson said. “We then bring out the cat and its supplies.”

Fostering more than one cat is also an option. The more that can be fostered and adopted out, the more they can bring in and save.

Adoptions are just as easy. All cats currently available can be seen with descriptions on the Purple PAWS Facebook page and website. They take in kittens as well as elderly cats, and they are always receiving new additions. All that is required is an application and signed contract stating that in the event of the adoption not working out, the cat is returned to Purple PAWS.

Manhattan resident Susan Clasen founded Purple PAWS in 2013. It is state licensed, working to take in animals before they get sent to a shelter. Purple PAWS is committed to promoting a “no more homeless pets and no kill nation” philosophy.

“I saw too many dogs and cats dying,” Clasen said. “All pets deserve a loving home, and there is a loving home for all pets.”

Purple PAWS is a non-profit institution that relies solely on fundraising, donations and adoption fees. All the donations raised are used to help homeless animals.

Adoption events are held every Saturday at Petco and PetSmart in Manhattan from noon to 3 p.m. Purple PAWS can be reached at 785-844-9199, on Facebook at PurplePAWSKS or at purple-paws.org.

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