Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs (Aka Meow Cat Rescue)

Rating: 4.93 stars   94 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 10600 Ne 68th Street Suite F Kirkland WA 98033 USA

Mission: With respect and compassion for all animal life, MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home.
Results: Since our beginning in 1997, we have rescued and placed more than 19,000 pets into loving homes. We currently are caring for more than 100 kittens and many senior and special needs cats in foster homes in addition to the approximately 80 cats and kittens in our shelter.
Programs: MEOW places approximately 1000 - 1500 animals into permanent homes each year. Adoption fees from $65 to $95 help defray the cost of care for the animals. Donations from interested individuals, organizations and business provide additional financial support. Our application process ensures that every adopted animal is placed in an environment where there is appropriate space, human contact, and a commitment to safeguard and care for the animal for its entire lifetime. Our standards are high. The welfare of the animals is paramount in the placement process. Cats and kittens come from various sources and situations: orphans found under a deck, a stray or abandoned cat crying at the door, someone has developed allergies or is moving to a place where the cats are not welcome. Some come from the rescue community, finding tame cats and kittens feeding with feral colonies. Newborn or senior, healthy, ill or injured, all are welcome at MEOW . Incoming cats and kittens are examined for general health, illness, injury, parasites and tested for feline viral diseases and provided appropriate medical care. Daily care of cats and kittens is done both in the shelter and in the foster homes of volunteers, sometimes involving bottle-feeding orphans, often requiring intensive medical care of ill animals. MEOW provides a safe haven and socialization as well as proper nutrition and a clean environment while the animals await adoptive homes. Our volunteers speak with the public, interview prospective adopters, and provide education concerning the care of pets on such subjects as spaying/neutering, introducing a new pet into the family, addressing behavioral issues, proper daily care and well-cat/kitten care. Each year MEOW is faced with the impossible and each and every day we recommit ourselves to something we truly believe in, the motto we adopted at our inception,"all nine lives are precious".
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to this organization when I starting looking for a canine companion for my Shar-Pei. I adopted Sampson from the canine side of this organization. They were very through before they would adopt out this special boy...Including a home visit to ensure he would be safe. Years later, when Sampson crossed the rainbow bridge, I didn't hesitate to contact them again to adopt my next fur child. And that is also whe I became interested in fostering the homeless fur kids until they could find their forever homes.
None of the dogs that are adopted from the canine side are housed in shelters...They are all fostered in family homes where their personalities, behaviors and temperaments are evaluated in a real situation and we are able to place the right dogs in the right homes.
All dogs are vet checked and any problems corrected prior to going to their forever home.

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MEOW does a great job of matching adopters to pets

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I adopted my cat, Leo, from MEOW in January. The adoption counselors and other volunteers at MEOW were all wonderful! The shelter is clean and smells good. The cats are all comfortable, and as a no-kill shelter, the cats have all the time they need to find their ideal home! They followed up with me to see how things were going with the new cat. They offered plenty of helpful advice regarding integrating Leo into my existing multi-cat home. All around, they provide a very positive atmosphere for both the cats and the public.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this shelter!! My husband and I foster kittens for them and over the course of the last 3 years have ended up keeping 2 and also adopted an adult cat. Their staff is so helpful and truly match people with the right cat. I highly recommend MEOW!!

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I starting volunteering at MEOW by accident. I noticed the shelter one day, and on a whim, I went in. My excuse to myself was that my one cat might like a cat friend. I was greeted by a friendly woman who showed me around the shelter so I could look at all the available cats. I don't know what made me ask her if I could volunteer, but I did. I started volunteering at MEOW the following week. It's been about 11 years now, and I've met lots of people. So many excellent friends who also volunteer. So many adopters who met the perfect cat. So many foster families who care for the so many kittens and moms. I think MEOW has some of the best volunteers anywhere on earth.

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Before moving to Idaho, I was a foster mom for MEOW for 10 years. Kittens from this organization are loved and spoiled from day one. The staff at MEOW is always ready to help with questions from the foster parents. They assist with medical problems, call when it is time for shots and worming. You never feel alone. If a kitten needs medical attention, they have vets lined up to help out. When it is time to bring your little wards in for spay/neuter and adoption, they are there to support you as you reliquesh your charges to their forever homes. I felt loved and appreciated always. I knew my babies I fostered were going to their forever homes and would continue to be loved and spoiled. This is the best organization I have ever encountered and would not hesitate in adopting from them. They ROCK!

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I adopted my tabby Neville from MEOW and not long after that started volunteering as a kennel attendant. Both experiences were and have been top-notch. The adoption counselor who helped me with Neville, Jerry, was very sweet and helpful, as are all the other counselors I've met since. The volunteer work has been fulfilling, and it's just great to work with other people who stay far longer than their shifts technically ask for (shout out to Dwight and Linda!). Not to mention all the unseen work that foster parents put into keeping their cats healthy and happy. These past couple of weeks alone have really opened my eyes to the kind of conditions some of these litters of kittens are in before MEOW takes them in: a million types of parasitic infestations, severe malnutrition (ribs sticking a mile out), etc. We take them in, treat them, feed them, send them to foster parents for extra TLC, and before you know it, they're healthy and ready to be adopted.

In short, I have nothing but praise for MEOW.

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MEOW is a wonderful shelter. I moved to the area three years ago, after recently losing my cat, and was not prepared to get another, but wanted to get my fix and help people-less cats find their homes. After researching shelters online, I applied to MEOW as a volunteer. What I saw and continue to see is a no-kill shelter that truly cares for the cats they encounter. All cats are treated well and receive tons of love. Their medical issues are addressed, and a great amount of work goes into making sure they are a good fit with their adopters. The staff and volunteers are very close and I have developed friendships with many of them. The evidence of their high quality is that I plan to be involved even when I lack the time, because I truly believe in their mission and the way they carry it out.

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

make it bigger!

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I found out about Meow when I needed to help an abandoned cat. They were so nice and helpful that I adopted my next cats from them. When I retired I became a volunteer. I can vouch for the high level of care each cat gets here. There is no ther shelter like it.

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I've been volunteering with MEOW for six months and I'm really impressed with this organization. The kindness, dedication, and responsiveness of the staff is truly remarkable.

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I have been volunteering with MEOW for a number of years and have also adopted several MEOW cats. This is one of the best shelters I have every encountered: very organized, clean, and the cats all get incredible, compassionate care. I would not hesitate to recommend MEOW to anyone looking to adopt or to spend some very gratifying time working as a volunteer.

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