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Fancy Cats 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

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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