My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs (aka MEOW Cat Rescue), Kirkland, WA, USA
I am a longtime client of, and donor to, MEOW Cat Rescue. I adopted my first cat from them about ten years ago, and have adopted five MEOW cats over the years, three of whom are still with me today.
I think that my latest adoption experience is a good illustration of what kind of people work at MEOW. I met and really liked a young male cat last summer, and decided that he would be a good fit for my household. But this cat had a limp, so the folks at MEOW asked me to wait until they could get him to the vet and get his condition assessed before I took him home. A couple of days later I learned that he had two broken bones in his paw. MEOW's vet put his leg in a splint. They were perfectly willing to keep him at the shelter until he was fully healed, but at that point I considered him to be my cat and my responsibility, so I took him home.
As it turned out, I needed help with him -- and even though I had formally adopted him and he was, strictly speaking, no longer their concern, MEOW was right there to give me the support I needed, which in my case was A) the loan of a playpen enclosure for a month so that I could keep him confined while his foot healed, and B) when I went out of town for a week shortly after I adopted him, they gladly took him back at the shelter and 'cat-sat' him for me. I was able to enjoy my time away with no worries about whether he was safe and being properly cared for while I was gone, because he was in the best possible hands at MEOW. The love they have for the cats who fall under their care is evident in everything they do. I consider the people who run MEOW to be some of the best people I've ever known.
I have spent my entire career working in nonprofits. Perhaps it's because of my long experience with the nonprofit sector -- I have seen both the good and the bad, and I've seen more bad than I have cared to -- I am *extremely* picky about which nonprofits I donate to. MEOW is my number one charity of choice, in no small part because I absolutely believe that my donations to MEOW are put to the best possible use.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would double the size of their shelter space (again)! They work wonders with not a lot of space, and I wish they had more room to work in.
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