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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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