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March News from Puerto Vallarta's PuRR Project Shelter

March 4, 2019

Donations and fund raising events are the only source of financing to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for the 200 + cats and kittens at PuRR Project, a no-kill shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Here's the latest news from PuRR Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.


Together with biologist Carolina Reyes and vet Alberto Cervantes, Dra. Eva Torres has an association dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in this region. Last month, they received a call from PROFEPA that an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) had been hit by a car on the highway in Punta Mita. These cats are strongly protected by international wildlife and trade laws. In Mexico, it is listed as an extinction-threatened species, and it is a crime to have, damage or kill one.

Brought in to the clinic, the ocelot was examined and determined to be a male of about 3 years, weighting 12 kg. He was in bad shape but fortunately had no broken bones. In addition to being struck by a vehicle, he had been shot in the side, had injuries to his legs and his chin, lesions on the tongue, a broken tooth, bite marks and many ticks... this little boy had led a rough life!

After a month of treatment (at Eva's home!) we are happy to report that "Coqueto" recovered and was released by Eva and the proper authorities back into the wild in the mountains of Nayarit where their know territory is. The film of the release shows a very FAST young cat bounding up the trail and his calls could be heard in the distance. MEOW?


A very friendly Calico was being fed by a tourist at a resort in Vallarta, where she had given birth to a litter of five little ones. The resort management was not happy with the situation, so Karen O'Shannacery contacted PuRR about taking in the family. Before arrangements could be made, the tiny week-old kittens disappeared. Maintenance workers told Karen that they had been killed on instructions from a manager. So she brought "Mama Rosa" to Dra. Eva's office to be examined and moved to the shelter.

The next day, after a complaint to the resort manager, the story changed and they said the kittens had not been killed, just "moved down by the rocks near the beach!" After THREE DAYS of searching by a whole group of resort guests who had heard the story, the babies were located and rushed to the PuRR shelter. Mama Rosa took a few moments to figure out what was happening, then quickly folded the kittens in her furry arms and they started nursing. We were amazed when all five survived and seem to be thriving!


It's been very busy days at the shelter with 42 cats & kittens taken in over the last three months! Many are very young kittens who were rescued with their mother or were just tossed over the shelter fence. So Dra. Eva's limited time is full with testing, deworming, bathing, vaccinating and spaying or neutering - plus record keeping! In that same period we had 21 adoptions - 14 at PetCo, 4 at Daiquiri Dick's, and 3 through volunteers. We are hoping that as local people become more aware that there are cats (and dogs) at PetCo EVERY WEEKEND the adoption rate will continue to rise.


SHELTER TOURS: The March 6 Shelter Tour is already full! That just leaves Wednesday, March 20 as your last opportunity this season to join one of our volunteers (Marilyn Khan) on a morning of Kitty Kraziness. The comfortable van picks up at three convenient locations in Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. You'll see some interesting little towns and a lot of countryside before arriving at the ranch where you'll be greeted by a bevy of cats who want your attention... and your treats! Get all the information and book online on our website, or contact us at visit(at) for a day you'll never forget!

KITTY BINGO: It's hard to believe, but we only have two Kitty BINGO dates left this season! (March 13 & 27) So come on down to Nacho Daddy on Basilio Badillo in Old Town and join us for a fun hour and help raise money for the PuRR felines. It's only $100 pesos to play and cards go on sale at 3:30 with games beginning at 4:00 pm.

GARAGE SALE APRIL 6: Our second annual Spring Garage Sale is set for Saturday, April 6th in the Marina. This is a huge event and helps fund the shelter through the long summer. We've already got lots of good stuff, but we still need YOUR good stuff! So get busy doing that Spring cleaning you've been putting off and gather up your gently used clothing, appliances, kitchenware, bedding, electronics, office supplies, tools and games, Just about anything you no longer use or need will be welcome. Contact Marilyn Khan for information about drop-off location or pick-up scheduling: exkhan(at)

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PuRR Project is a Non-Profit shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal to adopt them out to loving homes. All of our residents have been sterilized, vaccinated and are disease free. We accomplish this through our own efforts as well as collaboratively with other animal welfare organizations. Both monetary donations as well as donations of dry cat food are most welcome and much appreciated. Donations 501(c)(3) tax-deductible in the U.S. For more information, visit or send an email to info(at)