Persian Rescue of Virginia

Persian Rescue of Virginia Carefully and lovingly rehabilitating and re-homing Persian, Himalayan, Exotic Shorthair, and other cats in need of help.

Carefully and lovingly rehabilitating and re-homing Persian, Himalayan, and other cats in need of help.

Mission: The mission of this volunteer non-profit group is two-fold: - We place healthy, sterilized cats as pets into loving permanent homes, where they will be considered treasured members of the family for the rest of their lives. - We teach and coach new guardians how to properly care for their pet’s emotional and physical well-being. In doing so, we facilitate loving, mutually rewarding relationships between pets and their guardians.

UPDATE: Thanksgiving weekend, Pancake came down with the most spectacular case of Ringworm I have seen in 20 years, so w...
11/14/2018

UPDATE: Thanksgiving weekend, Pancake came down with the most spectacular case of Ringworm I have seen in 20 years, so we had to cancel the surgery appointment and treat her first. It took several medications to get the fungus under control. Meanwhile, I was syringe feeding her, praying her mouth would remain open enough for me to do so. On 1/28, she got her surgery by a specialist in NJ, who removed one TMJ joint and freed up the other. She is recovering well and is now able to eat and drink on her own!!!

I know many of you saw the posts about Pancake, a darling calico Persian kitten in desperate need of assistance.
Pancake has a rare condition in which a jaw injury (she’s a very active, and not 100% accurate, jumper) heals so aggressively that the bones fuse, and it gets harder and harder for her to open her mouth. Her owner, Merissa Lucas, noticed that Pancake was sticking her face in the dish, but wasn’t getting any of the food. So she rushed her to the vet, who diagnosed this problem. And Merissa started syringe feeding her, the only way to get nutrients into her, as her mouth opening got smaller and smaller and smaller. So small, that eventually, even syringe feeding wouldn’t be possible and poor Pancake would starve to death. The vet recommended euthanasia. But Merissa and her family just couldn’t bear to put this darling baby to sleep.
To the rescue: Margarete Ziemer of Persian Rescue of Virginia. Amazingly, Margarete has access to a renowned maxillofacial surgeon who has helped her save two other Persians with the same rare condition.
The problem: Pancake was in North Dakota. And the surgeon is in New Jersey.
That’s when the miracles really started happening! Rescuer Ellen Schneider volunteered to make the flight to bring Pancake cross-country, and she started networking. Linda Bradt Bartley began spreading the word to the cat fancy. And Pancake gained another angel as CFA judge Liz Watson donated 102,000 of her personal frequent flier miles to get Pancake to rescue!
The Persian Rescue Network, Inc., donated the money for the rest of the transport expenses, Dallas kitty-lover Ruth of Delta Airlines helped make Pancake’s trip easier, and PRN transport director Marianne Barrett covered the distance from the Philly airport to PRVA, and Pancake is now safely with Margarete awaiting her surgery!
Please be part of Pancake’s miracle! Her surgery will cost $4000. Your Paypal donation to [email protected] will help, so please open your heart.
For people who want to mail a paper check: Please make out to Margarete Ziemer, and put "rescue Pancake" in the memo line. Mail to: Persian Rescue of Virginia, Attn: Sine Nomine Associates, PO Box 1241, Berryville, VA 22611.

Poor Posey was found as a stray, wandering the streets, alone and injured.  The injury, a subluxation of the elbow, was ...
08/12/2018
Click here to support Please help save Posey's leg! organized by Margarete Ziemer

Poor Posey was found as a stray, wandering the streets, alone and injured. The injury, a subluxation of the elbow, was beyond the capabilities of the shelter to fix, so they sent out a desperate plea for help: They needed a rescue to get this lovely, affectionate, beautiful Exotic Shorthair the surgery she needs ... or she would lose her leg.
Persian Rescue of Virginia specializes in purebred kitties who need special medical attention, and so an urgent transport was put in place to get Posey to this haven. She was immediately seen by a renowned veterinary orthopedic surgeon who is confident he will be able to repair her leg so she can go on to lead a happy, healthy life. And we are delighted to be able to give her this chance ...
But we need your help. Won't you please donate so that Posey can have the surgery that will relieve her pain and heal her so that she can find her forever home?

://www.gofundme.com/please-help-save-posey039s-leg?teamInvite=pbvU2dSujcwZFuesMFM2m6Vgi6bSAJt9YYYysKLXeNVsOirzPakO5xW6PZZNvXJ1

Poor Posey was found as a stray, wandering the streets, alone and injured. The injury, a subluxation of the elbow, was beyond the capabilities of the shelter to fix, so they sent out a desperate plea for help: They needed a rescue to get this lovely, affectionate, beautiful Exotic Shorthair the...

Persian Rescue of Virginia's cover photo
07/06/2018

Persian Rescue of Virginia's cover photo

Where the cool cats hang out until they find new loving homes...
07/06/2018

Where the cool cats hang out until they find new loving homes...

05/14/2017

JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW:
So that’s what happens when you flush cat litter down the toilet
By Gene Weingarten Columnist May 11

This is a column about being a columnist, and being a father, and being an idiot — not necessarily in that order.

One recent Sunday I was two days late in writing my column and was still failing to arrange words together into a product that resembled something my editor, Tom the Butcher, would at least have called “bad.” “Bad” is negotiable. It is the beginning of a process. At that moment, though, my column was still not within editor-shouting distance of “bad,” which is when the phone rang. It was my daughter, Molly.

“Okay, Dad, you didn’t actually — and I am not accusing you of this because it would be too stupid — you didn’t by any chance for some reason flush cat litter down my toilet, right?”

Background: Molly is pregnant. Her husband is out of town. She is also a veterinarian, so she understands quite well that pregnant women are not supposed to handle cat feces because it can contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, which is not good for babies.

There are special moments in a man’s life when he realizes he has been placed on Earth for a reason. In my case I understood that after 35 years of erratic, semi-competent parenting, I had been called upon to utilize my skills and wits and instincts to be a Good Dad. I had been tasked with a mission. So, I have been going over to Molly’s house once a day to scoop poopy out of a litter box and put it in a bag, which I then put into a garbage pail in the back yard. I don’t want to brag, but let’s just say I’ve heroically risen to the occasion.
(Illustration by Eric Shansby)

Or, apparently, not. Molly’s question lingered in the air.

“Uh,” I said into the phone, “I sort of maybe did. See, there was only this one single item that I fished out of the cat box this one day, and the basement toilet was closer than the nearest plastic bag, and, really, when you think of it, one of the first lessons you learn in life, even before you learn to read, is that poopy goes in toilets, so, I figured ...”

“I think you need to come over here, Dad.”

And that is when I learned, for the first time, what happens when you flush even a little incidental bit of cat litter down a toilet, which is apparently why cat-litter boxes say in big capital letters DO NOT FLUSH. Cat litter is a preternaturally absorptive substance, apparently designed to expand to roughly 60,000 times its original volume in some horrible malignant process like cancer, only worse.

Molly’s toilet resembled one of those baking-soda-and-vinegar volcanoes the dumb kids in middle school made every year for science fairs. What had seemed to me at the time to be about a tablespoon of cat litter had swollen into a throbbing gel the size of a bowling ball that no amount of plunge-flushing would get rid of. It resisted scooping efforts, dancing away like mercury. Eventually, I realized that the most effective way to attack it was with my bare hands, so that’s what I was doing, on my knees, in front of a toilet. Seeing this, Molly pointed out that rubber gloves were available and should be an option, and very gently, with love and pain in her eyes, she asked, “Do you have any common sense at all?”

Not much, Mol. But I do have two things: a complete lack of shame, and a column.

Please help support life-saving surgery for Momo!
03/22/2017
Click here to support PLEASE HELP SAVE MOMO'S LIFE!

Please help support life-saving surgery for Momo!

Sweet Momo, not even six years old, was surrendered to a Virginia shelter because she was hiding and urinating inappropriately. In the shelter, she was losing weight and not eating. The shelter reached out for assistance, and Margarete Ziemer of Persian Rescue of Virginia brought Momo into her...

01/26/2017
Student Problems

For illustration in the "nature vs nurture" debates... Priceless! :-)

This cat thinks it's a show horse 😂

Elkton, MD: Not Persians, but urgent. Please share if you are anywhere nearby. This shelter is closing, and in the meant...
06/10/2016

Elkton, MD: Not Persians, but urgent. Please share if you are anywhere nearby. This shelter is closing, and in the meantime, they are forced by their contract to continue to intake. Any animals not placed by the end of this month will likely be PTS. :(

Please help our animals!

My husband sent me an interesting link: http://toyland.gizmodo.com/hasbro-now-has-a-toy-line-for-seniors-starting-with-a...
11/29/2015
Hasbro Now Has a Toy Line For Seniors Starting With a Lifelike Robotic Cat

My husband sent me an interesting link: http://toyland.gizmodo.com/hasbro-now-has-a-toy-line-for-seniors-starting-with-a-l-1743122884. What are your thoughts on this???

After already conquering demographics including kids, teenagers, and those technically considred adults, Hasbro is reaching out to that last frontier of consumers: seniors, with a new toy line featuring lifelike robotic companion pets that only need affection, not feeding or bathroom breaks.

11/28/2015

Hello, fellow Persian friends. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. While an American holiday thus not really one of "mine", culturally, it is becoming my favorite: there are thousands of things for which i am grateful, and hundreds of people whom I want to thank for something special they did over the past year! Among your own reasons to be thankful, how many have you put into words and said to the person in question? How many thank-you notes have you written and sent in a brief note? If you have not yet, consider doing so, for I have discovered a secret: we do not praise and thank each other anywhere often enough! I encourage you to do so: it will make you feel good, and likely the recipient of your gratitude as well. Our furry friends do it immediately and consistency in their meows, purrs, snuggles, and with their sandpaper tongues! And I think they are getting it right. What do YOU think???

11/23/2015

Today another delightful update via email, and I will attach the pictures as comments for better visibility; you may have to click "View More Comments" to see all pictures, but the numbering will help you figure it all out:

Hi Margarete—thought you might enjoy seeing these. Don’t know exactly who knocked the paper towels off the counter in the first place—the odds are 50:50 whether it was Nazir or Roberto. They both have a tendency to help me clear the counters, with paper towels and soft drinks being specialties [they both love to dump the drink, listen to the clatter when it lands on the floor, and then chase the ice cubes]! ... :-)

S.

11/23/2015

(Nazir was adopted from our program. He is the Ragdoll on the left in the pictures. The pictures themselves are posted as comments for better visibility; you may have to click on "More Comments" to see all four of them, please ... Enjoy!)

Hi Margarete,

These two are really close friends and there was a lot of grooming from both of them before Roberto decided he’d rather do it himself… You can almost hear Nazir’s disgusted expression as he sits there feeling unappreciated, but all is forgiven in the end…

S.

Meet Nicoletta, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet Nicoletta, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet Nicoletta, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Nicoletta is a tiny little thing of a kitty, and we assume that she is a purebred Himalayan of lynx-point coloring. She has the coat coloring and the eye colors for it, doesn't she? This little girl was surrendered to a metro-DC area shelter with...

Meet Muffins, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet Muffins, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet Muffins, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Muffins is a torti-point female-spayed Himalayan with the most stunning face markings you can imagine and the obligatory blue eyes. She is presumed to be purebred. She was dropped off at a WV shelter in the night box thus we have no history on...

Meet Joshua, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet Joshua, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet Joshua, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Joshua is a male-neutered flame-point Himalayan mix of beautiful, typical coloring; since his coloring is so typical, we don't know what the other parent must have looked like, sorry. Joshua came to us from a Culpeper, VA, rescue group bursting at...

Meet Chynna, a Petfinder adoptable Siamese Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet Chynna, a Petfinder adoptable Siamese Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet Chynna, a Petfinder adoptable Siamese Cat | Ashburn, VA

Chynna is a little sweet Siamese mix boy. His big, round, blue eyes are filled with lots of love. Chynna is a playful kitty, catnip mice and feathery wand toys are his favorites! Chynna likes it when you rub his fuzzy tummy, he knows how cute it is!...

Meet Smokey, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet Smokey, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet Smokey, a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

FOSTERED IN GREAT FALLS, VA. Smokey is a neutered male Seal-point Himalayan of seal-point coloring. He meets all standards of the breed. He was surrendered by his owner, who could no longer care for him, to a shelter in MD. From the shelter, he...

Meet Boo (w/ PeeWee), a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet Boo (w/ PeeWee), a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet Boo (w/ PeeWee), a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

FOSTERED IN GREAT FALLS, VA. Boo and PeeWee are a very bonded pair of neutered male Himalayans. PeeWee's coat has a hint of silver coloring to it, and he is approx 8 years young, while Boo is a full seal-point color, and he has been around for an...

Meet PeeWee (w/ Boo), a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA
11/18/2015
Meet PeeWee (w/ Boo), a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

Meet PeeWee (w/ Boo), a Petfinder adoptable Himalayan Cat | Ashburn, VA

FOSTERED IN GREAT FALLS, VA. Boo and PeeWee are a very bonded pair of neutered male Himalayans. PeeWee's coat has a hint of silver coloring to it, and he is approx 8 years young, while Boo is a full seal-point color, and he has been around for an...

This darling kitten was the victim of abuse, thrown from a moving car. He lost all use and feeling in one leg. He was re...
07/21/2015

This darling kitten was the victim of abuse, thrown from a moving car. He lost all use and feeling in one leg. He was rescued by Margarete, where he experienced months of pure love, care and adoration, and he learned to play and be happy like any other kitten. Sadly, despite heroic efforts, Bear did not survive the surgery to remove his damaged leg. Little Bear crossed the Rainbow Bridge ... taking Margarete's heart with him.

07/21/2015

Earlier today, I received an email that nails the answer to the question, "why do you put yourself through this?!?" Here it goes...

Hi Margarete!

We continue to thoroughly enjoy Nazir—he’s an absolutely wonderful guy who just gets more charming and loveable with time! Thought you might enjoy seeing this pic of him with his baby brother Roberto. It was just such an “Ahhwww” moment from 2 guys who are normally racing, chasing, and tumbling all over the place.

Many thanks for all your help,
S.

07/19/2015

Little Bear had his amputation done on Saturday. While the surgery went smoothly, he unexpectedly experienced complications from the anesthesia. All attempts to save him sadly were not enough to keep him alive, and 6 hours post-surgery, we had no choice but to stop and let him slip away peacefully.
I would like to add a heart-felt thank-you to everyone who helped in Bear's rescue, in whatever way. Thank you so much for caring about this darling little kitten whose life was too short and too hard.

06/26/2015

Welcome, everybody, to Persian Rescue of Virginia's page. We are here to help, to listen, to support, and to provide suggestions. What questions do you have that need answers? Purrs!

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Office Location: 43590 Blacksmith Sq
Berryville, VA
22611

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Persian Rescue of Virginia is an all-volunteer out-of-the-home cat rescue with focus on Persian and Himalayan cat rehabilitation and re-homing. As capacity permits, we assist all cats in need of assistance.

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Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

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