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Fancy Cats Rescue Team

Rating: 4.23 stars   30 reviews 3,027

Address:

PO Box 182 Herndon VA 20172 USA

Mission:

Fancy Cats Rescue Team was founded in August of 1997 by Catherine McCullough.

As all organizations and agencies have space limitations, we are trying to provide a "safety-net" for cats that are moved to the euthanasia list at local animal shelters.

We believe that these cats deserve a second chance, and have found loving, lifetime homes for many of them.

We want a lifetime home for our cats and want to ensure the best match of cat to owner.

Results:

More than 10,000 cats have been adopted out.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

approximately 1000

Geographic areas served:

DC Metropolitan Area

Programs:

Fancy Cats Rescue Team rescues cats that would otherwise be euthanized. We bring all vaccinations up to date and spay or neuter all animals that are over six months of age. We need donations so that we can continue providing this service. We spend nine to thirty dollars more than we collect as our adoption fee on most of the cats that come through our facilities.

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703-961-1056
http://www.fancycats.org/

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Great group that has saved thousands of cats over the years. They truly care about each and every cat they work with.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Fancy Cats recently assisted my family with rehoming our cat. The hard work they put in and the dedication to all of the cats they assist is incredible. Fancy Cats is a wonderful organization to have in our community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've always wanted to adopt a cat. Last year, it was decided that I would finally have one, so my sister (a vet assistant) helped me look. When we went to the Petsmart where Fancy Cats was located, the volunteers were very friendly and thurough. My sister commented that she really liked this rescue organization because the people there knew what she was talking about.

When I adopted my Best Friend, who is named Kiara, we took her to the vet and learned that she had to get some teeth removed. The Fancy Cats Organization volunteered to take her to a good vet and pay for the surgery themselves since they didn't spot that the surgery was needed prior to giving her to me. We were really nervous about taking Kiara, but when we went to the founder's home, the first thing we noticed were dozens and dozens of cats. Cats EVERYWHERE! It's easy to make jokes about this, and I may have actually done so, but in truth, that was probably the happiest house I've ever seen in my entire life. I want a home like that one day. As soon as we arrived, we knew that my princess would be in good hands.

These people live for cats. They're super passionate about what they do and know what they're doing. Please check this place out! Lots of cats are looking for forever homes, and I can't think of a better place to look than Fancy Cats Rescue Team.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Fancy Cats Rescue Team does an amazing job helping cats! They’re a fine group of caring, dedicated volunteers who sincerely care about the welfare of cats. They all work hard to do the best for every cat under their care. They welcomed my foster cat, George, even though he’s FIV Positive. Fancy Cat Rescue Team took George under their wing, cared for George, and found him a fine home where he can be happy and live a long life. I’m so grateful to Fancy Cats Rescue Team for all they did for George, as well as many, many, many other cats!

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

I adopted my kitten from Fancy Cat several months ago, and love her to death. They were helpful to me, and conscientious about care and making sure there would be someone around for my kitten so it wouldn't get lonely during the day. Understandable. I have another cat and after several weeks they are now best friends. I appreciate the help they gave to me as an individual. I have donated to them twice now, as I really want to help animals in need. And I would most likely donate again.

That being said, while I was at the adoption event waiting for my adoption to be finalized, I heard some of the volunteers talking about other parties looking to adopt. They were extremely judge-y and certain volunteers wouldn't even consider interested families for a pet. At one point, two women were very rude about a lady who was interested in a cat. If I hadn't been half way through the process, I would have left immediately. Hearing all the comments left a very bad taste in my mouth. I understand if you're short staffed. I understand if you're protecting the best interest of the animals. But they were very public in their distaste of clients, and I felt it was a little unprofessional.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have adopted five cats from FCRT since 2011. Additionally, I have learned quite a bit about proper feline care, (and I thought I knew a lot before I met them!), and the procedures those in the rescue community follow. "RESCUE"... which is what they aim to do, is a noble endeavor and I admire the President/ Owner of Fancy Cats, Cathy, as well as her volunteers, immeasurably. They do a wonderful job, and the care of each cat/ kitten entrusted to them, is their greatest priority.

If you can find room in your home, and your heart, for a furry addition to your life, please, please, visit the Fancy Cats Rescue Team page via their website, or check them out on Facebook. They are a group to be admired. Their hearts are truly in the right places.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Fancy Cats has become so overwhelmed with taking in every animal that the care for the ones already rescued is suffering immensely. I was a volunteer and would never recommend working with them. Several who run the organization are rude, aggressive and clearly don't have the best interests of the cats in mind. Cage conditions are deplorable, cats do not visit the vet before being placed in a home or a center and if they don't get adopted quickly, can stay in a center (small cage) for months and months on end. As volunteers we do everything we can to make the cats experience the best it can be, but unfortunately when health concerns arise, the cats are the ones who suffer.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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We adopted a cat through Fancy Cats over 1.5 years ago. We were told that the we should absolutely adopt "Patches" because she was an older kitten and very family friendly. We really wanted a younger kitten, but the foster home of this cat really pushed Patches on us. Fast forward 6 months, it got into a fight with our other cat. In hindsight, this was likely a ferrell cat.

Fast forward to May, and Patches had attacked our sweet daughter. I tried calling Fancy Cats that same day of the attack, but no one answered my call. So, rather than taking Patches to be immediately euthanized at my vet, I had my mother take Patches to the pound the very same day of the attack.

That was the last I heard until I got a letter from an attorney yesterday from Fancy Cats nearly 4 months later! I am now being threatened with a lawsuit for giving up a cat that I received under false pretenses to begin with. I am honestly appalled with this organization, and very upset. I should be suing them for falsely promising me a cat that was friendly! I would have never signed a contract and brought home this cat if Fancy Cats had been honest about the cat's behavior and personality to begin with!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted my cat from Fancy Cats and as I learned more about the organization I absolutely fell in love with what it is they do. They are angels for cats everywhere. The cat I adopted was a senior black kitty who had been returned twice. Fancy Cats didn't give up on her and as I result I benefit from the love and comfort that she brings to me. She is such a sweet kitty and I say she rescued me instead of me rescuing her. I have tried to donate when possible to Fancy Cats as I know the expenses they sometimes have do not match what they are receiving. However the benefit and the success stories you can see that are evident from their unconditional love and dedication is amazing. Absolutely an amazing and dedicated organization!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with Fancy Cats Rescue Team is always a great experience. Every one of the volunteers that I have met have been so dedicated to the cause, and truly care about finding great homes for great cats. Thank you for always helping at risk cats from local shelters. We are so lucky to have you working with us. Anna- Volunteer with local shelter

 
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