Fancy Cats Rescue Team
Rating: 4.21 stars 29 29 reviews 2,957
PO Box 182 Herndon VA 20172 USA
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.
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.
More than 10,000 cats have been adopted out.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
Geographic areas served:
DC Metropolitan Area
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.
Filter Reviews by Role
Promote This Nonprofit
GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!
Reviews for Fancy Cats Rescue Team
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
1 person found this review helpful
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!
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!!
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
Sometimes as a pet owner you are faced with the difficult decision to find a new home for your pet. I never thought I'd find myself in that position, but there I was. I tried to contact as many local groups as I could. After over a month of contacting different groups, I became somewhat discouraged. The typical response was slow (if they ever responded at all) and not favorable. Most were overrun with cats needing homes and although they would love to help me find a new home for my cats, they could not. Would I ever find a new home for my 2 cats? I didn't know. I did know one thing, I refused to surrender them to a shelter where they could possibly be put down. Finally, after contacting several animal rescue groups in my local area (central VA), one of the groups gave me a list of multiple cat rescue groups in VA. I decided to try my luck at groups outside of my local area. I first learned of Fancy Cats from that list.
I first checked out their website, which was current and had a lot of good information on it. I determined they were dedicated to finding forever homes for cats. When I contacted Fancy Cats I expected the same story- sorry we are full. Sorry we would love to help you but can't. Sorry, you have to live in Northern Va. Sorry, we don't take surrendered cats. I filled out the online interest form and heard back from a volunteer very quickly. I was advised they, too, had many cats they were trying to find homes for, but they would do their best to assist me. They took time to gather information about the cats and our personal situation. They were very caring and didn't make me feel guilty for making the decision I had to make. (I already felt bad enough about giving up my cats, I didn't need someone to judge me and make me feel any worse.) They were very helpful and provided some very good information, reviewing alternatives to giving my cats up. "Have you tried....". At that point they asked me to put together the cat bios and provide pictures. Throughout this part of the process I was in contact multiple times with volunteers and the president. They were always very quick to respond. Within a week they had my cats up on the website and I had someone who was interested in them. I was asked to bring them to Pet Smart to meet their potential new owner.
When I arrived at Pet Smart, I encountered a very busy pet adoption area. There were lots of volunteers who were assisting new owners with applications, answering questions about the cats, etc. The volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable. I brought my cats into a separate room to meet their potential new owner. It seemed like we were a perfect fit for each other. I don't think that was by chance. I do believe it was by the work of the experienced volunteers at Fancy Cat that we were so perfectly matched up. We completed the paperwork, took some time to talk to each other and introduce the cats to the new owner. And, then they were off. My sweet cats and their new potential owner (it was a foster-to-own situation). I felt good about that because I knew there would be a test phase to determine if the cats were indeed a good fit. And if not, Fancy Cats would work again to find that great fit.
My decision to re-home my cats was not an easy one. But, my experience with Fancy Cats made it a lot better than what it would have been. Overall it was a very quick process, must faster than I expected. Within just a few short weeks I went from hopeless that I would ever find a good home for my cats to a point where they are well-adjusted and being spoiled rotten in their foster home. It's still early yet, but I'm hopeful the foster situation will turn into a complete adoption. I know the volunteers at Fancy Cats were very intentional with the foster selection. I do not believe they would have placed the cats with someone who was not a good fit. I am very thankful for the information and support Fancy Cats has given me through this experience. I also learned about fostering as an option. I think it's a great thing to do to provide care to an animal while they look for that perfect fit forever home. I would recommend fostering and I would definitely recommend Fancy Cats.