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Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Fancy Cats Rescue Team was founded in August of 1997 by Catherine McCullough.

As all organizations and agencies have space limitations, we are trying to provide a "safety-net" for cats that are moved to the euthanasia list at local animal shelters.

We believe that these cats deserve a second chance, and have found loving, lifetime homes for many of them.

We want a lifetime home for our cats and want to ensure the best match of cat to owner.

Results: More than 18,000 cats have been adopted out.

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 1000

Geographic areas served: DC Metropolitan Area

Programs: Fancy Cats Rescue Team rescues cats that would otherwise be euthanized. We bring all vaccinations up to date and spay or neuter all animals that are over six months of age. We need donations so that we can continue providing this service. We spend nine to thirty dollars more than we collect as our adoption fee on most of the cats that come through our facilities.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

In February 2020 I lost my previous rescue to lung cancer. I had her for 10 years so it was very hurtful. After a few months I opened my heart to adopting another cat that needed a forever home. Being 10 years older myself since my last adoption, I looked for an older cat that might be overlooked. I found Tyson on the Fancy Cats adoption sight. He was 10 years old and it has been a perfect match. We love having him in our home and he seems happy to be here. A rescued cat makes a very loving pet and I would encourage anyone to consider giving one a good home. I am grateful to rescues like Fancy Cats for giving a second chance to so many homeless cats, looking for someone to love them.


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Heidi Foltz H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet dog Layla from Fancy Cats and Dogs. They were absolutely wonderful to work with! Layla had a rough start to her life and the team at FCDRT rescued her, treated her health problems, found her a wonderful foster and matched us up with our forever fur baby! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fancy Cats is awesome! They were very helpful in helping me choose the cat that was right for me, and has followed up to make sure me and my new friend are doing well! Fantastic group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet girl, Jojo from Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team. We were worried in the beginning because she was a bit aggressive and we've heard that she had a history of biting. But after a few days, she became very sweet. She just needed to make sure that she is safe in here. We realized that cats are nice to us if we are nice to them. Jojo is a perfect cat to us. She is healthy, curious, affectionate, and smart. We are so happy to have her as our family. The adoption process was very easy. Karen, Jojo's foster mom, was very kind and responsive, answered all the questions that I asked, and shared all information that we needed. I did not experience any difficulty in the adoption process. We will definitely recommend Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team to anyone who is considering adopting cats or dogs.

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Jaeda M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

My daughter adopted a dog from this place..
She adopted a dog (despite my approval) but worked something out with her Dad who doesn't live in the home. Here's the problems..

They require you to be 21, my daughter is 18
the dog is aggressive and its noted in her paperwork that she's not ok around small animals- we have cats in house
Dad situation doesn't work out, dog comes here. She doesn't fit in. My daughter tries to get dog to not bite at people and cats, it doesn't work.
Their contract (I work with rescue organizations so this is familiar to me) states bring animal back to us if you can't keep it
Daughter contacts organization, and that's when we get passed off to the rudest employee they have... We'll call her M and she's related to Dogtopia in Falls Church VA

M accuses my daughter of mistreating the animal (aggression)
M only texts rather than calling
I left a message for M, two days go by and I get no response, I asked her in the voicemail what needed to be done with the medical records so that the dog can come back to the group
I call her and tell her if she doesn't call me back, we have no choice but to take the dog to the county shelter as it's been two days and we have cats in the house..

She texts me (I'm 40! I don't need a text- I called you and you should have respectfully called me back)
Instead, at almost 10pm, I get a text threatening me with a lawyer and other nonsense, AND doesn't bother to answer my question about what medical updates needed to be done (I called and left a message for her asking what medical updates needed to be done and this is the message folks that she ignored) and instead continued to text back and forth threatening me.

great that they save animals however after dealing with M and the other organizations that I personally volunteer for I'd say run, far, and stay away. There's PLENTY of animal rescue orgs locally that would love for you to adopt their babies. THIS is not the place!

My daughter worked with the group and told me that M was supposed to be taking care of an elder foster dog, the dog had a foot injury. M did not take care of the dog (take it home from the boarding facility that they work through) so the foot became infected and eventually, the dog was put down.

Adopting animals from here and supporting them helps M continue to abuse and neglect animals as she seems fit. Find another group.

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This dog was adopted by the father and the mother should not have been involved. Since the mother requested returning the dog, we were happy to take her back but could not accommodate a return that night. Texting was used because of the inappropriate language of the mother.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After I lost my last wonderful kitty to lymphoma, I knew I wanted to wait a while before adopting a new furry friend. I needed time to mourn. Then suddenly, our world contracted due to COVID-19, and the whole world started mourning. It was time to welcome a new friend - or, as it turned out, friends! Looking for a safe way to adopt a cat in the coronavirus-era, I stumbled across Fancy Cats through a link from Petfinder. Chloe sounded perfect - snuggly, friendly with people and other pets - and bonus, she'd already bonded to Whiskey, an unrelated pal who'd ended up at the same foster home! Two kitties are twice as nice, and they've been such wonderful additions to our home since the day I picked them up. They love hanging out with me and my husband, and while they're still a bit unsure about our big golden retriever, they've reached a comfortable detente (plus, they love to steal his food!). In the midst of such a scary time, I'm so grateful to Fancy Cats for helping me safely adopt two wonderful cats!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet boy Finn (previously Tari) from Fancy Cats and Dogs. He was previously in a kill shelter in Georgia but they brought him to Virginia and we are so glad they did. They made the adoption process seamless. He is the perfect addition to our home and we love him so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lanie (we've changed her name to Lexi since she's from Lexington) has been doing great with us. At first she was a little scared of the change but she quickly got comfortable and has adapted well to our home. She lives for belly rubs and treats :-) She has been completely potty trained for a couple weeks now and has learned to sit, stay, come, fetch, drop it, and leave it. She also knows 'crate' and 'off.' We are working on being quiet when being around strangers. She is a good runner and also learning how to run with me. We look forward to taking her on more hikes and go swimming! She makes us laugh everyday with her silliness and has brought much joy and love to our family.

Thank you to Fancy Cats and Dogs for bringing us Lexi! The adoption process was easy.

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2 Ali H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued my sweet Maisy girl from Fancy cats and she has been the best companion! She is so sweet, snuggly, and loves being around her people. The adoption process was so easy and Claire in particular from Fancy Cats was so helpful! I 100% recommend Fancy Cats Rescue :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I began looking for cats, I thought only Maine Coon crosses would do, since the 2 big boys who last owned my heart were siblings described that way by another local rescue organization back in 2000. So I submitted many applications, and usually, I'd discover the cats I'd seen on line were not available for some reason - one woman was convinced that I lived in a dangerous part of town & denied my application without telling me! One Friday, I was planning to drive over 100 miles to attend an adoption event in the general area, and got an email from Julie at Fancy Cats asking me to come see Reece and Rudder the next day in Falls Church with a photo of Rudder - a black bob-tailed male and his bonded, no-relation friend, Reece - soft yellow. Both were big boys - over 13 lbs. I changed my plans, cancelled the first appointment, and went to see them. Short story is they came home with me. Rudder never took his eyes off me the whole way home (friend was driving), and follows me most of his waking hours when I'm home, usually stays in the room with me while I'm working and meets me at the door when I return from a walk or chores outside. (This is written when we were all staying home to avoid the Corona virus.) Reece is more self-contained and aloof, but he sleeps next to me. The 2 of them play hard and rough, thundering up and down the stairs and making fur fly - they are not gentle creatures. They may not have ever have had their very own hooman before, but both of them come to me and head-butt my legs several times each day for ear scratches & head rubs. I expect them to mellow over time and learn more ways to show affection - I've had cats all my life and seen them change behaviors over time. Meanwhile, I feel their trust growing, and know they are beginning to feel at home - forever. I give Fancy Cats 5 stars for commitment to finding homes for cats! We're good here!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted Belle almost 2 months ago. She was born a feral kitten, but you’d never know it! Her foster mom did an amazing job socializing her and while shy at first, she now is very vocal and follows us from room to room and loves ear scratches. She likes to wake us up in the morning by grooming us, lol. We’re so happy we added her to the family, she’s adorable and sweet. I can’t recommend FancyCats enough, we tried 3 shelters first and dealt with everything from bait-and-switch (non-existent kittens on the website) to volunteers asking trick questions to feel superior. King St Cats had me come up with a theoretical situation in which I’d consider declawing (which I had no intention of doing), then told me I was unfit because I came up with the requested hypothetical! Never mind that all my cats have lived to nearly 20, the head of that org is far more interested in being smug than in placing pets in forever homes. The experience at FancyCats was then so refreshing, ALL the focus was on the welfare of the cats and on making good home matches. All the volunteers and foster parents were kind and caring, and our Belle is the sweetest addition to our house!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2male kittens and an adult cat in November of 2004. They were great cats. The last one died in November of 2019. I went back to Fancy cats and was directed to two female kittens. The volunteers were very helpful. I visited with the cats, and then when I called back the next day they met me again. My cats from 2004 were from a shelter in West VA. My kitties now had been in a shelter in rural VA. They were/are all healthy beautiful cats that just needed a home. They were well cared for by Fancy Cats until adopted. They have all given me and my family so much love. Fancy cats has been a blessing to my human and feline family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our newest family member Millie on Christmas Eve. Thank you for helping us find a wonderful addition to our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fancy Cats volunteers helped my husband and me find the perfect pair of kitties for our home. They were quick to respond to our questions, very accommodating with our request to spend time with the cats, and provided us with helpful information for our first few days and weeks with the cats to ensure their successful transition to a new home. We even got follow up messages from Fancy Cats to see how we were all doing together. Through this whole process everyone we worked with was professional, warm, and showed a passion for helping animals find their forever homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Thank you Fancy Cats Rescue for providing an opportunity to bring in the sweet, fluffy addition of our family.

The one thing that I would leave a comment on is the slow, almost idle response from the team. I've tried to reach them via email, call, and Facebook message to find out where the cat was sheltered and about the process of my application but was only responded after many hours. I had to dig through the facebook page to find the cat's whereabouts and was never replied with a clear answer to my application process. I understand the team is short-staffed but an improvement in customer service and response time would be a substantial stepping stone for the organization.

Other than the lacking customer service, I can definitely see that Fancy Cats Rescue is an organization that clearly cares for the safety and protection of rescued cats before and after the process of adoption. I really appreciate the team's attentiveness and sincere care for the cats!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with dedicated teams of people caring for and helping cats in need get adopted. I had just lost my baby of 14 years and needed someone to putz around my house with me. I found Fancy Cats online and was impressed with how they vet potential applicants. I saw my new baby online, reached out for information, went to an adoption fair, and we are now settled nicely in our home. She had a very sad backstory, but is very happy now. After about a month of being together, I noticed that she seemed a little lonely at home alone, so back to Fancy Cats I went. She had recently had a litter (now spayed) and I didn't want her to feel threatened in her new home, so we went the kitten route. I'm so glad I did because they are now the best of friends. Sisters? Momma and baby? All of the above. Working with the Fancy Cats foster family was great and I got lots of updates along the way until she was ready to come to our home. Couldn't be happier. Really, really great organization with a fantastic mission. I would adopt more if I had more room!

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1 David S.20

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing group of dedicated volunteers who clearly care for all of their animals, and who make sure they find the right home. We adopted our cat last December and she’s brought so much happiness into our home, all in thanks to the great people at Fancy Cats (and Chico’s Natural Pet Market, too!) who were able to match us with our Dolly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Olivia (formerly known as Clara; a 5-year old calico kitty) from Fancy Cats two months ago. Because we have a 2.5 year old daughter at home, it was very important to us to adopt a cat who got along well with children. We also had a resident 17 year-old cat at home who lost his lifelong mate in December 2018, and we wanted a kitty that could become his new friend.

The Fancy Cat volunteers at the Springfield PetSmart were incredibly patient and knowledgeable in working with us. We initially showed interest in a few other cats, but their feedback regarding the various personalities of the cats we were considering was very valuable in helping to steer us to Olivia. We think she is really the perfect cat for our household! She immediately made herself at home and quickly bonded with my husband, my 2.5 year old daughter, and me. She and our older cat aren't snuggle buddies, but they like to follow each other around. We've noticed that our 17 year old cat seems friskier and more energetic with Olivia around!

We had a great adoption experience with Fancy Cats. They were very attentive and responsive, both in person and via e-mail. This is an A+ organization. We would adopt from them again in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi. Just wanted to tell our story about Leanne, our kitty we adopted a few months ago from Fancy Cats in Fairfax, VA.

After our kitty, Lizzie passed away, my mom and I wanted to adopt a new kitty. We heard about Fancy Cats through a friend and started looking at pics on the internet. We went to meet our potential kitty at Patriot Pawsabilities, a wonderful cat lounge in Faifax, Va. Along came Leanna who proceeded to wrap herself around my Moms neck and laid in her lap. Well, we ended up adopting her. A beautiful 8 year old tortoise tabby from NC. She has been the sweetest, most loving kitty and fits in perfectly! Everyone is happy! We highly recommend Fancy Cats and cat folks should check out the Patriot Pawsabilties cat lounge in Fairfax, Va. All the kitties are up for adoption. What a wonderful place to relax, too!! Thank you Fancy Cats!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having had bad experiences trialing adoptable dogs in the past, we were a little hesitant in approaching Fancy Cats and Fancy Dogs for a dog that we had our eyes on, Bear. Luckily, Fancy Cats was hosting an adoption event nearby where Bear would be. We attended and immediately fell in love with the little pup - he was submissive (important, as we have a grouchy old Dachshund at home who's too lazy to defer to anyone else) and brave (especially considering the chaos of a Pet Smart adoption event) and just too, too cute. We had applied for him already, so when we approached the adoption coordinator she said if we wanted him, we could have him - our application had been approved! We took him home that day, and two months later I couldn't be happier. Bear is the sweetest little dog and gets along wonderfully with our old girl - he also plays spectacularly with other dogs, which is wonderful because we have a dog park attached to our apartment building! I couldn't be happier with how the situation turned out. Thanks to all the folks at Fancy Cats and Fancy Dogs for making this addition to our happy little family possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing both Sammie and Lorena to cancer, I knew it wouldn't be long before I adopted again. The wonderful volunteers at Fancy Cats helped me find Burt and Beau. These 2 brothers are the sweetest and most affectionate kitties! Thank you Fancy Cats for all the good works you do!

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Andee M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Luci Fur chose me through the plexiglass at PetSmart in Springfield. I had just lost my furbaby of 18 years and my heart was broken. She helped me heal and have found a new family member I will cherish forever.

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Ethan S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful to Fancy Cats for giving us the opportunity to bring our beautiful new Maine coon-mix, Tucci, into our house.

Tucci is an absolute love bug who adores pets and treats. He came into our family with no parasites or other ailments from the adoption center. He is learning to play well with our first cat at an exceptional rate.

FC is an amazing organization that really focuses on pairing animals together with a good home. Thank you!

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Andy C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I browsed many cats from many different org’s. I ran across my newest family member Brian and couldn’t be happier, not only with the cat but still more than pleased with whom i got him from. These guys and girls still keep up with me to check on him and always asking for more tom foolery pics of his. They sincerely care for these fur buckets and it shows. For that i will surely be a returning customer as well as a referral to anyone i know looking for a companion.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After losing our 17 year old cat we decided to adopt a senior cat who needed a home. On the Fancy Cats Rescue website we stumbled upon 4 cats whose owner had passed away and were now under the care of Fancy Cats: Maximus, Bones, Tux and Binky. We wanted to see these older boys (10 and 7) find a home together so we reached out to Fancy Cats. They facilitated our adoption right away. They gave us a break on the adoption fee since we were adopting four of them together and they ensured they were all micro-chipped and gave us their medical summaries from an out of state shelter where they were surrendered. These cats have been wonderful. FCDRT checked in with us to see how it was going and we reached out to them for some advice on some rehoming issues and their advice was spot on. We love these cats and are so thankful to have them and you can see that they in turn are so grateful and relieved to be in a new home all together. The volunteers do amazing work and you can tell they really care about each of the cats.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our two sweet kittens from Fancy Cats Rescue and had a wonderful experience! The on-site volunteers were so knowledgeable and answered all our questions about dietary needs, how to introduce kittens to a new home, and everything else under the sun. They really took the time to be sure we were prepared, and even followed up with us a few weeks in to see how the kittens were settling and if we had any questions. 10/10 experience

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My first cat, Patches, has been an absolute delight. Fancy Cats Rescue found the right cat for me and my lifestyle and did a great job of answering all my questions. She has fit right into the family, and the couch, and the dog's bed, and our bed. It is a good life. Although she doesn't appreciate Max the Corgi licking her head, she has figured out that he just wants to be friends and maybe he isn't so bad. Thanks Fancy Cats Rescue for all that you do and for my Patches.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted an adorable 2 year old cat named Tigress! She is very sweet and affectionate! The staff was very kind and helpful... They answered all our questions, and made sure Tigress was going to be well taken care of. We are so happy we adopted, and Fancy Cats is a great team!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a foster mom for Fancy Cats before I adopted our KK. She is an elderly cat (13) and she has a chronic skin issue. But that has not made her any less of a loving pet. Fancy Cats took her in from a shelter in Baltimore where she faced certain euthanasia. You can tell that she previously had a loving home and she loved her human. She is a very sweet girl who is content to follow us wherever we go so that she can sit by us. We are so grateful that we adopted her and could give her a loving home for her last years. I would encourage people who are looking for a companion with little fuss to consider a "senior" animal who for one reason or another has lost their home.

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Anne W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family adopted Olive about 6 weeks after saying goodbye to our 16 year old kitty. Olive is affectionate, spunky and loves to eat! She is a wonderful addition to our family thanks to Fancy Cats, who took her into their care after she was found as a stray in the Shenandoah Valley. We met Olive at an adoption fair. The volunteers at Fancy Cats were helpful to us and are interested and committed to the welfare of the cats and the adoptive families. We would highly recommend Fancy Cats to others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two kittens from Fancy Cats in January 2019. Fancy Cats takes their responsibility for these animals very seriously, and ensures that each match made between pet and adopting family is a good one before sending anyone home. The adoptions fees are very reasonable given the amount of time/materials needed to maintain an operation supporting as many adoptable pets as Fancy Cats has on its lists. A very solid choice when looking for a new fuzzy friend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted a second dog from Fancy Cats and Dogs this past December and we are so thrilled with our new family member. Frankie is adored by my two sons and her canine sister, Scout! Scout was also a rescue and very shy and timid. Frankie really brings out the “pup” in her personality. This is a great organization that puts a lot of time, love, and effort into seeing that at risk animals find loving homes. We are strong believers that rescue pets make the best pets of all! This group is always hard at work at Petmart. I encourage everyone to come out and find a new best friend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After having to put our 19 year old cat to sleep our daughters decided we needed another one and noticed a very nice cat available for adoption at our local PetValue. The grandkids approved and it was a matter of getting us over there to look at Thor. Needless to say, we approved of their selection. The adoption process was very detailed but necessary and we answered all of their questions and follow up questions. Lois, the volunteer, was very nice and genuinely concerned that she find the right homes for the cats. After receiving an email from her, we adopted Thor and brought him home that same day. Thor, who now is known as McDuff, has been a great cat for us. We've had so many cats with life threatening illnesses that it is a new experience for us to have such a healthy one. Even the vet said we deserved a cat without issues! He's a snuggler and likes our laps, couch and the bed. Talks quite a bit, especially when he wants to eat. Very shy around others but the grandkids are patient with him and he's slowly coming around. Great organization! Lois McCormick was and continues to be a wonderful source of information and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a kitten from Fancy Cats in November 2018. She is the perfect addition to our family and playmate to our 1 year old Cat. The application process is not difficult but it was more involved and took longer than I expected. Don’t let that deter you from adopting. It shows that Fancy Cats cares about their cats/kittens enough to make sure they are placed in good homes. We adore our little girl and are grateful for the care she received from her foster family to ensure she was socialized and ready for her adoptive family. She has definitely stolen our hearts!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family recently had the pleasure of adopting a sweet cat from Fancy Cats Rescue Team. We really love our newest addition to our family! He is so adorable, and the Fancy Cat team was so wonderful to work with. They were professional, caring and very personable. This made for a very pleasant adoption process. We will be sure to adopt from them again in the future.

The Lalos Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We've adopted from Fancy Cats 5 times. Most recently we adopted two sibling kittens in September 2018. Every experience with Fancy Cats has been exceptional. The volunteers are wonderful and clearly love the cats in their care. We were greeted with stories about each cat that we considered adopting the day that we came. All of the cats were well cared for, healthy and clearly loved before finding their forever home. We were provided all of their medical records, which were very thorough and complete, as well as a number of toys that the kittens were attached to. Fancy Cats was excellent about following up to make sure that we took our new loved ones to the vet (within 7 days of adoption) for a wellness check-up and to receive any necessary vaccines. They also made sure that we registered our new kittens' microchips so that they could find their way back home if found out of the house. Our newest family members are a wonderful addition and join another former Fancy Cat alumni, Tanner. Having Rocky and Gil has really lifted our spirits since the loss of our 12 year old cat Cujo (another Fancy Cat alumni) back in July. Tanner adjusted, after some trepidation in the beginning, and is playing with them and clearly enjoying the company! :) We are so grateful to Fancy Cats for bringing such joy into our lives, 5 times now!! :) Thank you!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful 10 year old cat 2 months ago, and could not have asked for a better experience. All along, Fancy Cats showed that they value their cats and go above and beyond to find them a new forever home. Communication was great, and I could not have asked for a more loving cat to join my family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a wonderful 2 and a half year old female from Fancy Cats Rescue Team. Couldn't have asked for a better cat.

I have also adopted a one year old male from Fancy Cats Rescue Team. The two cats are best friends now and we are a family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fancy Cats Rescue isn’t just about cats, they have great dogs too! We adopted Charlie (Scottie) on August 31st. The transition was tough for us, we lost our other dog in June and we wanted to find a companion for our other dog. Charlie has been a joyful addition to our home, he makes us laugh with his toddler like behavior and he’s been keeping our other dog busy with play! This organization drives hours and hours to rescue dogs at high kill shelters. We can’t thank you enough for trusting us to give Charlie a second chance. We promise to give him the forever home he so deserves!

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Ronna O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a kitten from Fancy Cats Rescue Team named Lady May. As it should be, we had to submit an application and were screened before being allowed to adopt. Lady May, whose name was made a middle name and her first name is now Lilian, was originally difficult, perhaps from her original circumstances, but Fancy Cats took great care of her and enabled us to adopt a feline with a tremendous personality. She is a true character, and we enjoy having her as a new family member.

Fancy Cats Rescue Team does fantastic work in rescuing and finding homes for kittens and cats. Its processes are organized and comprehensive. Organizations like Fancy Cats are an exemplar to those who wish to add to their lives by helping others. The pictures below are of Lilian, the first, on adoption day in her gender-identifying space, and the second is of Lilian today.

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2 sailorsunrise

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two kittens from FancyCats at two different times and they have been a delight. They truly care about their animals and make sure they go to the best homes. I really admire the work that they do, and if I had more time, I would try to volunteer with them myself. Unfortunately that can't be for the time being, but I do try to donate to their cause regularly! Thank you FancyCats (and Dogs) for all that you do for animals!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fancy cats is wonderful organization that takes the time to match the cat to owner lifestyles and needs. They really work to make sure that it is win/win for the cat and adopter.
They take great care of the cats and can tell you all about them.
There is the personal touch following up to make sure all is going well.
I would recommend adopting a cat from this organization it was a great experience. Having a blast with my kitty!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued two cats from Fancy Cats and the process could not have been easier. They care so deeply about the cats health and wellness and finding them a good home. We could not have found two better cats and are deeply thankful to Fancy Cats for getting them into our lives. Would not hesitate to tell anybody to go to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fancy Cats listened to me when I told them what type of a cat I was looking for (in terms of personality). They brought a number of kitties to PetSmart that matched my "profile". That was a fun evening! I picked the perfect cat for my home and lifestyle out of that bunch. If you are looking for a companion cat, Fancy Cats is the way to go.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fancy Cats' foster parents raised two wonderful kittens for us, and make the process easy to adopt them. Dillon and Redford are sweet, affectionate and busy - and a great addition to our home. We used to foster raise kittens ourselves, and worked with other cat adoption groups, but Fancy Cats is the best! We just cannot thank them enough!

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Nancy P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Sadie on November. I am so happy that there are so many caring volunteers to help these animals. This is a great organization and I so happy that so many animals find their forever home through this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my two sweethearts back in October, and they couldn't have been more perfect for me. The team at FCRT went above and beyond to help me find the right cats for me, and they really nailed it. You can tell that each individual volunteer cares so much about what they do, and you can tell how much they love all of the animals in their care. I'm inspired to help volunteer with the organization as much as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before adopting the cat in the photo, I was a respective foster for cats in the FCRT. The people there genuinely care about each and every cat. The first time I stumbled upon them was just chance but the second time they allowed me to give happiness to one the very first cats I ever got to take care of. Months after my first foster got adopted I started to volunteer and help cats. I became almost a fixture to them. I would come in almost every single day spending more time with them than necessary. I cared for each and every cat as my own. One cat in particular named Tyson was having a difficult time adjusting so I asked if I could foster him. I could. It was the most wonderful experience, and to Tyson’s great delight when I brought him in for an adoption fair- he found his forever home. I got to help another cat- her name is Buttercup. She still hasn’t found a home like the first two I fostered but I continue to hope and pray for her. The final cat was a lovely cat with the name of Sweet Boy. In the shelter he was very noisy and at home he was too. He was the first I fostered to be FIV+. I will continue to take care of him above and beyond my own needs. He has many medical issues but the constant contact and care from FCRT makes me happy to know that they will always have my back. They are the best people I have ever known in my entire life and quite literally brought happiness into my life when I was struggling. Sweet Boy (the cat in the photo) is the love of my life and he has healed me in so many ways. I love the FCRT for allowing me to help them and help other cats in need. They revived my love for animals and have inspired me to pursue my dreams in making each and every animal I come across happy.

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Mary E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Gracie formerly known as Roxy from Fancy Cats Rescue back in September. Everything we were told about her by the volunteer was true. She is lovable, playful, and vocal. I thought it would take a couple of weeks to transition her to our home, but within 2 days she was fully integrated and just so happy to be with us. The volunteer told me on the day of adoption that this cat really needed a home, that she was becoming very anxious being in the crate. I went there to adopt a kitten, but left with my Gracie who is almost 2 years old now. We are all thrilled that she is a member of our family. As you can see from these pictures she is happy to be home too!!!

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted both of my cats from Fancy Cats and couldn't be happier. They made sure I found good fits for my home and they check in to see how they're doing from time to time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing to update you on Jingles Buckley... She is doing great!!! Everyday she continues to gain confidence in herself and trust me more. She has gone from a cat that I brought home to foster in December of 2016, a cat who hid in the closet and only came out at night, to an interactive and talkative sweetheart. She is still shy but more and more she comes to me and "asks" for attention. I am at least her third home and in the late summer of 2017, I decided I was also her last home and I adopted her. And, I swear this is true, the day that I came home with her adoption papers she purred for the very first time when I pet her❤️I love her so much and I know that she knows that she is finally home and will always be taken care of.

All the best, Lauri and Jingles

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April B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few months ago we found a female cat outside , after putting out fliers was unable to find the owner. With us already having 4 cats of our own we were unable to keep her. I contacted multiple rescue groups in the area asking for help with no one willing to help. Fancy Cat agreed to take her, find her a foster and hopefully a great new home. I’m so so thankful to Fancy Cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fancy Cat Rescue Team is excellent to work with. Recently, I have helped rescue two cats over the last few months and Fancy Cats helped with both cats by finding a foster family to take them in. Over the years, they have always been there for me. Thank you very much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two cats from Fancy Cats Rescue Team in 2001 through an adoption fair and had my two fur babies as an important and special part of my life for over 15 years. When we decided it was time to adopt again, our vet recommended Fancy Cats. The adoption process was much more extensive this time around and I truly appreciate their due diligence. Their questions covered many unexpected circumstances that could occur to ensure it was the right match for our family dynamic and the cats we selected. They also called our vet for a reference! Their website is easy to use to complete the initial application and view profiles of the cats available. The information shared about the two we ultimately adopted was very very accurate!

We met our two fur babies and immediately knew they were perfect for our family. The adoption paperwork and Fancy Cats' expectations are very clear, making the cats' well-being their first priority. We worked with Bonnie for our adoption and she truly showed care for the two cats we adopted as well as our family. Her husband even helped us name one of our boys! I highly recommend Fancy Cats for anyone who is looking to rescue and participate in an adoption process that is thorough and makes it their first priority to pair the right cat(s) with the right family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have first hand experience with the integrity of the organization, high quality of care given to the rescues, and true passion to the cause. I, myself, adopted my third furbaby from Fancy Cats and we could not be more thrilled with the addition of Wesley to our family! He was rescued as a stray from the VA Beach area; severely underweight with some respiratory problems. The extreme love and care he received from the Fancy Cats Team assured him a second lease on life. I had also received a follow-up e-mail roughly 2 months after his adoption. They cared enough to ensure that we were all doing well. The shelter that I adopted my other boys from did not do this. Adopt from Fancy Cats - we truly love what we do !
1. Wesley trying to sneak a bite out of Daddy's pancakes.
2. Making himself comfortable on the couch.
3. Playing with his younger brother.
4. All three of my boys together.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found Fancy Cats while we were shopping at a local PetSmart. Since we already had 2 other cats at home, we were not sure if we could adopt another as it was important for all of our cats to get a long well. Fancy Cats enabled us to participate in their foster to adopt program. As result, we were able to adopt with confidence. We have just adopted our 3rd cat from them! We really appreciate their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience adopting my kitties! The interview is long but it's for a good reason! The team wants to make sure the cats will be a good fit for your home. I adopted two kitttens( Hope and Grace). They were both very shy when I brought them home but now they have really come out of their shells. They run all over my apartment and are so playful! Each day they grow more and more comfortable. I couldn't be happier with them :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two cats from Fancy Cats, and while the application process was rigorous we knew that it was only for the good of the cats. We adopted two young cats who were with their foster family at the time, and when we got to the house to meet with them, we felt like we had met long lost best friends. We played with the kitties, traded cat stories, signed the paperwork and left with our new babies. They made it a very pleasant experience, and we couldn't be happier with our fur-children Samantha and Victoria. Thank you Fancy Cats!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't tell you how happy we were with the adoption process. Everybody was so kind and obviously cared very much about each adoptable baby. Our kitty, Fergus (previously Mickey) may be the love of my life. He's so affectionate, talkative, silly... He's as close to perfect as he can be. I'm so thankful for Fancy cats for bringing us together and completing our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The adoption process was very easy. People are very nice and replied to me very quickly. Felt like, people are really care about the kitties and wish them a great happy future.

Thanks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our cat after months of searching. Everyone we dealt with was very friendly and helpful. The process was quick and painless and he has been an excellent addition to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so very pleased with Fancy Cats organization for the joy our kitty Barney has brought to our family. He's an old guy with a ton of love in his heart. He'd been cared for at Fancy cats for awhile. I can tell he had a difficult life before being rescued. Proof of the dedication of the organization shows by his sweet temperament and trusting nature. They did an accurate behavior assessment as I have a three year daughter and a gentle retriever at home. Our Barney never had any issues adjusting to our home environment and does wonderful with my child. I feel like he's been apart apart of our lives for years and it's been only a few months. We love him dearly.

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beloved Bumble in January 2017. We saw her at a local Petsmart and then did some research on the Fancy Cats website. My email questions were quickly answered and we were put in touch with Bumble's foster mom. After several conversations, we decided that Bumble was a good choice for us and our lifestyle. On adoption day, I was given a packet of information, including all her vet records. We are first time cat owners, so Bumble's FIV diagnosis was a bit troublesome for me. However, the FCRT representative took lots of time to explain the issue to me. At her vet appointment later in the week, my vet pronounced Bumble a "lovely, well-cared for cat." Fancy Cats Rescue Team appears to be a group of dedicated, loving people - intent on finding forever homes for cats. We are happy to be Bumble's forever family!

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1 Derrik M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!!

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