Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Fancy Cats Rescue Team

Rating: 4.15 stars   33 reviews 3,114

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.

Write a Review
Donate
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

More Info

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

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Reviews for Fancy Cats Rescue Team

Rating: 1 stars  

If I could give them zero stars, I would!

Everything was great w/ Fancy Cats until we had to surrender our furbaby. Our son is extremely allergic. We tried for over a year to get his allergy under control, but he wound up in the hospital several times and we were told by several doctors, "You HAVE to get rid of your cats." We were utterly devastated.

The woman who we contacted to start the process was very short and cold. I'd write a paragraph, explain how horrible we felt, and she'd write back a maximum of 10-15 words. That's it. When I asked her (quite nicely, I might add) why she was being so cold and short with us, she got rude and sarcastic. Her exact response: "Unfortunately , I work like 18 hours a day (fulltime and FCRT)and get like about 300 emails a day and have my own kids, husband and animals so I apologize". Definitely not a sincere apology at all.

From that point on she was rude with me and my husband. My husband called her at one point and she was rude to him from the get-go (which is bad, considering he gets along with EVERYONE). She actually called me and harassed/yelled at me at one point. This was a horrible situation for someone who already has anxiety and depression (me).

Because of how horrible she was, and how she basically gave us NO INFORMATION, other than "Come here at this time to surrender", we decided we would rather take our baby to the animal shelter. We have a great repertoire with them, and we knew our baby wouldn't get euthanized because they only do that with very aggressive and very ill animals (our Jules was neither). We called her in advance to ask to be released from our contract. After several emails and that harassing call I mentioned above, the woman said we could be released. She said we could take her to the shelter and she'd call them to let them know it was ok for them to keep her.

Fast forward to today (2 1/2 weeks after we surrendered our baby), and we find out she straight up LIED to us. The shelter informed us that Fancy Cats took possession of our baby, and now we have no idea where she is or what has become of her. We were worried they would stick her in one of those glass cages you see at PetSmart, and we knew she would NOT do well there. She's terrified of strangers! And I'm beyond heartbroken to think that may be where she is right now.

This woman made what was already a VERY difficult time for us into a complete nightmare. After dealing with them, my anxiety has spiked, and I had to go on medication. And to top things off, this woman was the executive director!!! So it's not like I could go above her head.

I do NOT recommend Fancy Cats. There are plenty of other cat adoption organizations in this area who don't treat heartbroken people like trash.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have grown up with cats all of my life. My beloved Bagheera was a "rescue" from a feral colony that lived in my apartment complex in Fairfax at the time - I grabbed her and her 3 brothers when they were about 6 weeks old,socialized them, and ended up keeping her and finding homes for the others. She was with me for 17 years, beating blindness and stomach cancer, until her kidneys finally gave out. I was so sad to lose this precious little creature who had been my shadow and special friend for over 17 years. It took me one and a half years to even get to a place where I could think about a new kitty. But when I did get there, I knew I didn't want to buy a breed like friends of mine had done - I wanted a "mutt" that might not have a good life otherwise if they hadn't been one of the lucky ones that were rescued. We found the kittens who would be later named Lucy and Peanut on the Fancy Cat's website. When we met Arlene (Lucy and Peanut's foster mom), she was caring for 15 cats in her townhouse - that is dedication! It's so great that there are groups like Fancy Cats trying to help homeless animals. They were very easy to work with and made the adoption process painless. I'm so thankful that we found them and were able to adopt Lucy and Peanut because they have brought so much joy to our lives!

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

My first cat came from a no-kill shelter in 1993. Now I rescue older cats; the last 2 have come from Fancy Cats. I appreciate their mission and dedication! The Team goes the extra mile to ensure the adoptions are a good experience. I had a feral cat that my vet would not see and FCRT referred me to a vet that took care of her without hesitation. The fosters have such big hearts and compassion; the volunteers at adoption fairs are helpful and enthusiastic. Everyone associated with FCRT with whom I have dealt shows how much they care about what they do. I donate and also support the fundraisers to give these rescues a second chance. It's a great organization.

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
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.

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
Flag review
Review from Guidestar
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.

 
Flag review