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King Street Cats

Rating: 5 stars   101 reviews 2,336

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

25 Dove St. Alexandria VA 22314 USA

Mission:

We are proud to be the only cat-exclusive, free-roaming, no-kill orphanage in Alexandria, Va. We have no paid staff and rely solely on private donations. KSC has been in operation since 2003, and was previously known as The Albert Foundation for many years before becoming King Street Cats. Our mission is to provide a safe haven until forever homes can be found for the cats and kittens in our care, and to educate and assist the community in regard to cat welfare. We accomplish this through outreach to the local community by providing information on proper cat care, behavioral problems, and medical issues involving cats. We also assist local residents in locating and retrieving lost cats, and assist individuals through the cat adoption process. We promote spaying and neutering and all our cats and kittens are sterilized and fully up-to-date on vaccinations prior to adoption. We also provide post-adoption support for adopters and anyone else that needs cat care advice. Because we only work in the area of cat welfare .... we know cats!

Results:

On average we help rescue, provide safe haven and find forever homes for over 300 cats and kittens each year.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 325 cats and kittens that were abandoned outdoors or in empty homes, from area animal shelters, or from families who could no longer care for them.

Geographic areas served:

DC/Alexandria metropolitan area

Programs:

We have a Pet Food Pantry program for local residents who need help feeding their cats. In this way, we can help keep cats in their homes and with their families.

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703-231-7199
http://www.kingstreetcats.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

King Street Cats has the ideal environment to get to know a cat before you adopt. The cats are chillin' in a nice big room. I have fostered cats through other groups that were nice cats, but did terribly in a cage at an adoption fair. This group is a model for adoption groups around the country. Please support their work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

triple their bugdet

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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It amazes me that KSC remains all-volunteer, and yet manages to rescue and find homes for more than 300 cats each year. Many cats are senior, shy or otherwise considered "hard-to-adopt." KSC goes to extraordinary lengths to get cats the veterinary care they need, raising the money for surgery and visits to specialists when necessary. KSC's dedicated volunteers spend many, many hours caring for these cats and make sure they find "forever homes," not "just until." And, I know that 100% of my donations go to the care of the cats!

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Rating: 5 stars  

KSC volunteers, particularly those at the Shelter in Alexandria, have the unique ability to help cats who are initally shy and perhaps difficult to place for adoption and socialize them so they are able to find forever homes. Two cats that I was fostering for another group, Gretchen and Gidget, had been in foster care with me for a long time. Beautiful long haired dilute torties, the girls had warmed up to me but were very fearful of strangers. KSC accepted them into their program and the girls blossomed under the care of the volunteers who come into the shelter and went on to find a permanent home together. Truly amazing considering that they had lived outside for eight months before they were rescued.

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I have been a donor for 3 years and King Street Cats is one of my top two charities to which I donate. Every penny goes to caring for the cats as the organization is run entirely by volunteers who give so much of their precious free time to ensure the organization is well run and the cats are extremely well cared for and, yes, loved.

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This is amazing organization. Every penny I donate goes to take care of the cats. Knowing that any cat they take in will always be cared for is by them is very important. The hard work, dedication and love demonstrated by all the volunteers and board is just wonderful. Cant' say enough good things about this shelter.

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This is a no-kill, free roam shelter that gives every cat a safe place to wait for their forever home. No cat is to challenging and all are treated with love and comfort.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be sure they had a bigger shelter with no monetary worries.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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We adopted one of the sweetest cats I've ever met from King Street Cats in January 2012. Her name is Winky and she's blind in one eye and was flown to the U.S. mainland from the island of St. Croix through a partnership KSC has with an animal welfare organization in St. Croix. My husband and I still comment on all of the effort KSC went through to bring Winky into our lives via this program. KSC's adoption counselors recommended the perfect cat for us and our other cat who was 9 years old at the time we adopted her (and had always been an only cat). Just yesterday, we saw them sleeping right next to each other on the couch; we still can't believe they get along so well. I have now been volunteering at KSC for the past year to help others also find amazing cats like Winky! It is such a rewarding experience to volunteer at such a dedicated organization.

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We adopted a cat from King Street Cats over a year ago and we were impressed with the entire adoption process. The process begins with a detailed application and vetting process that was very helpful because when we arrived at the shelter, KSC had picked out a few possible "matches" for us based on our profile and application. The cat we ended up adopting was one of the cats they had picked for us, which shows that they really pay individual attention to each family and genuinely want to match each cat up with people who will be the best fit for both the cat and the people. Since adopting our cat, we have been to several fundraising events and I am pleasantly surprised that people still remember our cat and ask how she is doing. I can honestly say that I have never experienced a more hands-on and truly dedicated shelter as KSC.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started off volunteering almost 9 years ago and I knew nothing about cats. I am amazed by how much I have learned from the other volunteers and by spending time in the cat room. Everyone gives as much as they can to help out (and sometimes more than they should!). And the cats are the sole beneficiaries. The cleaning, the care, and the love provided by the volunteers makes such a difference.

I have watched cats come into the shelter in terrible condition and so upset. The love and time spent by the volunteers gets them ready for a forever home. They are playful and calm. And you know everyone wants on the best for the cats. I love volunteering there.

So, when my 17 year old cat crossed the rainbow bridge in January, I had no doubts where my next cats would come from. The other volunteers were helpful with their observations and suggestions about which cats would be best for my husband and I. And they were right - we are in love with our two boys - Captain Kidd (formerly Williams) and Duke Bepple of K Street (formerly Flurry). They are cat-tastic!

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I have been volunteering now for over 10 years. It only keeps better each year. The volunteers strive to the best they can by each and every cat. They seriously consider the virtues of each adoption family to ensure the best possible fit. They try to be fiscally responsible with all our donations. Reminders are always appearing - "please use the cloth towels when possible for cleaning," etc... And safety and health of the cats is on everyone's thoughts - reminders are put up for those - "please use separate items to clean dishes and litter boxes. It can spread disease." And they strive to be truthful, but respectful with everyone they encounter at the shelter and adoption events.

Plus, the cats are adorable!! How can you resist?

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King Street Cats is a unique cat rescue with a big heart. The "free-range" shelter is so fun and really helps cats to learn about people. I believe that is why people are so thrilled with the cats they get from KSC - they are socialized!! They are a no-kill shelter so no cat will be put down because of space or time spent at the shelter. They are open to a variety of fundraising activities - I've had fun helping with their annual theater night and different festivals. I love doing adoptions - lots of time playing with the cats, answering cat questions. I love greeting the cats when I arrive for my feeding/cleaning shifts, chatting with them, and then celebrating when the cat gets their forever home. I love watching problem cats blossom under the loving care they are provided at the shelter. And I find it remarkable how far they are willing to go to save a cat's life - taking in 3-legged cats who were shot and need surgery. Taking in a grumpy huge old cat when his previous owner died and no one else could get near him. Taking in the cat who had "spells" - she'd shake and fall down. They were all loved. And all of them found forever homes. My favorite thing - no matter when you get a cat from KSC, if you cannot keep it for any reason, you can bring it back. They always welcome back alumnae!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I adopted our sweet Loki (fka Charlie) from King Street Cats in January of this year, and we were so impressed by how well-cared-for all of their kitties are and how invested the volunteers are in finding the perfect forever home for each one! I regularly follow them now on Facebook, and I always love reading about their daily featured adoptables. Oh -- and whoever writes the cats' bios is brilliant!! Really the best animal bios I've ever read, hands down!

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Such a wonderful group of people who care for such a great group of cats! From being incredibly responsive in emails with foster/adoption coordination to keeping kittens and cats happy and healthy, we LOVE king street cats!

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As a volunteer for over five years, I've seen some amazing feats of compassion from the board members, volunteers, and adopters alike. It's rare to find such a gem of an organization to dedicate so much time and effort to through the years but King Street Cats is worth every hour and dollar donated!

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King Street Cats volunteers and board members go above and beyond the call of duty for the cats they rescue. I have been part of this organization over three and a half years and the grace, dignity, class, effort, and pure over the top strength i have seen from the board members and the other volunteers puts me in awe on a regular basis. I am honored to be part of such an amazing organization. The stories of cats saved and the lengths of which these lovely people go to to save lives truly inspires me. If you want to be a part of something that works, that is drama free, that is run only on donations and volunteers... this is the place to support.

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I have seen amazing things come from this charity. Cats survive because the volunteers care and spend hours checking in on them at all times of the day and night. The hours, blood, sweat and tears that the volunteers put into making King Street Cats a wonderful place to not only volunteer but also to adopt cats is worth every penny that goes into it. It stands alone on donations and volunteers, no government support at all! Great group of folks are here to save all ages, colors, personalities of cats. Amazing will power makes it float every year.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had known of KSC for years and choose them over all the other shelters when it was time again to adopt. The volunteers are beyond amazing : loving, caring and dedicated to the felines that come in~ day and night ! I volunteer and get donation boxes for them picked up, bring food and litter and can't say enough positive about this incredible organization ! Love speeding the word about them to others too ! Highest rating !!

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