When I wanted to adopt a cat it took me months to find the right one. I’m very picky, and it’s almost impossible to get an idea of what a cat is really like when you meet them at a shelter or adoption event.
They are in small cages that they don't like and surrounded by strange humans and cats that they don't know. This makes a lot of them grumpy, or disinterested in meeting people
Just as I was thinking it was hopeless, a big beautiful silver tabby caught my eye at a Fancy Cats Animal Rescue event.
His name is Mac, and when the Fancy Cats volunteer brought him out of the cage, he was all over me in seconds. He sat there, half in my lap, and purred and meowed. He had my heart right then!
The volunteer was very helpful and actually knew quite a bit about Mac because she fosters many of the cats herself! She had firsthand knowledge of what he would be like when I got him home, which is something that no other shelter or rescue, could tell me about their cats.
At first I thought that this one particular volunteer just went the extra mile. But when more and more of the volunteers told me about their experiences with Mac, I realized that these volunteers don’t just put food out and clean litter boxes. They truly care for the cats and get to know them.
I was still scared though. Mac is 7 years old and FIV+. I didn’t want a cat that was going to run up huge vet bills or leave me heartbroken after a short life with me at home.
Luckily, the volunteers at Fancy Cats were able to explain to me that Feline HIV is not as serious as human HIV. And that most indoor cats who are FIV+ live long and healthy lives. When I looked around and saw all the families adopting younger cats and kittens, I knew I couldn’t leave Mac there. Someone had to give this precious kitty a home.
When I finally decided I couldn’t live without him, I was met with a good surprise. Because Mac was an older kitty, Fancy Cats waved the adoption fee! Sure enough, when I had Mac checked on at the Vet after a few weeks at home, the Dr. told me that Mac was healthy and happy and should be my friend for many years.
Mac has changed my life. He’s my best friend and we cuddle so much that it makes my girlfriend jealous! I’m so happy that Fancy Cats was there so that Mac and I could find each other and so that they could put my mind at ease before taking him home.
THANK YOU FANCY CATS ANIMAL RESCUE!!!!!
Review from Guidestar
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.
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!
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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!!
Review from Guidestar
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.