This rescue is wonderful. I adopted my kitty form Leslie all her kitties and kittens at her rescue were well taken care of and happy. I found it hard to choose since all were very adoptable. I did adopt a male kitten now named "Sebastian". He has become a very important part of our household. I would recommend this organization to anyone willing to adopt a rescue. It is rewarding and Leslie will help you find the perfect kitty. Sincerely, Christine
I just want to throw my two cents in about Leslie and Forgotten Felines…
I called her on Sunday to express my interest in adopting 2 kittens, preferably siblings. She put me through the inquisition others have described — where do you live, do you smoke, are you employed, how old are you (apparently “early 20s” didn’t suffice, so she pushed on “like, 23, or what?”), will they be outside, etc. Some questions I felt were important, but others just seemed nosy and irrelevant. Her tone through the entire time was condescending, like she was only doing me a favor by considering my adoptive status, and that “favor” isn’t a two-way street.
I was rather rubbed the wrong way by her, however, she described two kittens which I had seen on the website, who were adorable and completely fit my profile. She said they were getting fixed that day, and if the surgeries went well, she’d call me back to schedule a meet and greet.
Fast forward to today, Wednesday. I hadn’t heard back from her, so I decided to initiate the call. When she returned my call, it was to the tone of “Ohhh, so-and-so never called you? We’ve already adopted one of them out… sorry,” and she started to hang up on me. When I pushed that I was disappointed (to say the LEAST!) and could she put me on a waiting list, I was met with another “no, we’re too busy” line and promptly hung up on.
I get that this program is entirely volunteer run, but the least they could do is keep a proper queuing system for when people have expressed interest in certain cats. I felt I should have had previous claim (especially due to my interest in adopting TWO, not one) to these little darlings, but due to her lack of organization, I am left disappointed and without feline companion in my life.
I called this organization because we wanted to add a kitten to our family. We currently have a wonderful, happy, healthy 3 1/2 cat that we have had since he was 8 weeks old. We got him in Hawaii and brought him with us when we moved to Seattle, because we never leave animals behind. When we moved to Seattle we erected a 288 Cu. Ft. covered cat run in the backyard since our kitty had previously been secured in our yard in Hawaii. When I told Leslie about our wonderful cat run she was appalled and kept repeating "I have never heard of a cat run that was not attached to the house." I explained that our kitty was an outdoor cat in Hawaii and really loved his outdoor time here when we are at work. She simply could not wrap her head around it. So I decided to plainly ask if she would adopt a kitten to us since our inadequate cat run seemed to bother her. She began to rant about how cats should be a part of the family, and that we clearly were not fit, and so on. Before I would get a word in edgewise she raised her voice to that sickly sweet tone and said "no I don't think I will be adopting to you, good-bye" and promptly hung up the phone.
I am disgusted by this behavior and am greatly concerned about the unprofessional behavior of this companies matriarch. I would urge you to seek out other kitten and cat rescues!
Very concerned about this organization. It doesn't seem to be a legitimate business or non-profit with proper licenses with the state of Washington. I would have never checked had it not been for a terribly rude experience with the woman who runs the organization. Any time someone is that rude one has to wonder just what else is going on!
I'm happy when someone takes the time to "do some good", but there are laws and regulations in the state that govern organizations. When anyone fails to follow them, we all suffer.
My wife and I adopted two kittens from Leslie in September 2009. Yes, Leslie does ask a lot of questions, but all of them were related to the well being and care of the kittens once they were ours. The issue here is feline responsibility and in my opinion, that's Leslie's only concern. She is responsible for the disposition of her kitten herd and I believe she is effectively executing that obligation.
Maybe she is too direct with her inquiries and concerns, but she isn't rude, despotic or distempered. Her candor is refreshing and honest, and far more appreciated than this new age manmy-pamby Seattle political correctness that is unfortunately expected from everyone in every conversation - jeez, give me a break.
Leslie is very and abrupt. She has a very narrow set of rules and if you don't fall within them, no cat for you. She would prefer the cat remain locked in a cage in her home, than give it to someone who has ever in their lifetime loved a cat in a way that does not meet with her approval. She first asked how many hours a day the cat would be allowed out. I honestly had not planned to let the cat out but based on her question, I assumed this particular cat needed some outside time. I told her that it could only go out if we are home and able to accompany it. That was the first wrong answer; but after that, I don't think it would matter what I said, or that my last cat lived with me 18 years and was very loved and protected, she was not giving me one of her cats. The cats are kept at her home, and pictures on the internet show some of them in cages. My definition of cruelty includes housing timid cats with a lot of other cats, and keeping them in cages. Or having so many cats you can not possibly give any one of them the attention they need. Her tone and comments were very upsetting, though I felt a little better when I Googled Forgotten Felines and found a number of people had reported similar experiences. There are lots of other pet adoption organizations that are much better to deal with, and I encourage you to seek them out. It makes me sad that the cats at Forgotten Felines are missing out on some wonderful homes, and instead will continue to be housed in an overcrowded environment or in a cage, because perfectly good homes are being rejected.
The girl was so rude. She did not even hear my situation and just assumed that we would give the cat away after a year. I have worked for numerous humane societies and have volunteered so I knew how amazing it is to adopt an animal. If you right off people that fast, you are never going to get animals in the right homes.
This group does incredible work with homeless cats. They work tirelessly to feed and/or capture, foster, spay/neuter and place them in loving homes. Injured or disabled animals receive the care required for them to lead happy, healthy lives. I didn't realize there was such a vast number of these discarded innocent creatures in our community until a young homeless cat gave birth to her kittens in my yard a year ago. Forgotten Felines safely captured them and provided low cost vet services to allow them to become treasured members of our family rather than leaving them to endure a miserable life spent merely attempting to survive. Since then I have been amazed at how this dedicated group of volunteers rescue so many of society's most innocent victims.