While going to school in Seattle, I worked for a large retail pet food store. The store donated space to a local cat shelter for cat adoptions. I took this shelter for granted thinking that all cat shelters must be this nice, but I was wrong. Purrfect Pals is quite possibly the nicest cat shelter I have ever seen or worked with.
Purrfect Pals was started by Kathy Centala in 1988 and quickly blossomed into a sanctuary for cat to find their forever homes or to live the rest of their lives at. The Arlington, Wa site has areas for feral cats, cats with FIV, cats with Leukemia, and cats with behavioral issues to spend their lives. There is even a veterinary clinic on site that performs surgeries for shelter cats and also provides free or low cost spay/neuter to low income families. Purrfect Pals is now the largest cat only adoption organization and shelter in the northwest and have found homes for 29904 cats since they began.
Although I no longer live in the Northwest, I still enjoy getting updates on adoptions via Facebook. It warms my heart when I read stories of cats rescued from small shelters where where they were scheduled for euthanasia finding forever homes, or cats with illnesses or disabilities finding homes. I am glad there are organizations that not only help find homes for cats, but also provide homes to the hard to adopt kitties until they find their forever homes (even if they spend the rest of their lives there).