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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Review from Guidestar

1

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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2

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

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!

Review from Guidestar

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!!!!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at one of their locations for about half a year now. I have volunteered for other organizations ranging from environmental, political, to another cat rescue (there I fostered kitties and eventually adopted one.) This has been my favorite group to help out! The organizers have a heck of a job keeping all the information up to date, making sure all shifts are covered, and communicating everything that everyone needs to be included on, but the goal of keeping the cats healthy, happy, and finding them the best fitting homes is always #1. A cat so much as sniffles and it's taken notice. I've only been at one location but if the rest are anything like this one, there's a lot of lucky cats in their care. :)