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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We are proud to be the only cat-exclusive, free-roaming, no-kill orphanage in Alexandria, Va. We have no paid staff and rely solely on private donations. KSC has been in operation since 2003, and was previously known as The Albert Foundation for many years before becoming King Street Cats. Our mission is to provide a safe haven until forever homes can be found for the cats and kittens in our care, and to educate and assist the community in regard to cat welfare. We accomplish this through outreach to the local community by providing information on proper cat care, behavioral problems, and medical issues involving cats. We also assist local residents in locating and retrieving lost cats, and assist individuals through the cat adoption process. We promote spaying and neutering and all our cats and kittens are sterilized and fully up-to-date on vaccinations prior to adoption. We also provide post-adoption support for adopters and anyone else that needs cat care advice. Because we only work in the area of cat welfare .... we know cats!

Results: On average we help rescue, provide safe haven and find forever homes for over 300 cats and kittens each year.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 325 cats and kittens that were abandoned outdoors or in empty homes, from area animal shelters, or from families who could no longer care for them.

Geographic areas served: DC/Alexandria metropolitan area

Programs: We have a Pet Food Pantry program for local residents who need help feeding their cats. In this way, we can help keep cats in their homes and with their families.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Oksana K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking to find a kitty and found two! Thank you King Street Cats for Chucky and Hillary!

Laura84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is amazing! This organization is run on donations and volunteers, no government support. Everyone works tirelessly to save as many cats as we can, no matter circumstance. Great Little organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for over five years, I've seen some amazing feats of compassion from the board members, volunteers, and adopters alike. It's rare to find such a gem of an organization to dedicate so much time and effort to through the years but King Street Cats is worth every hour and dollar donated!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We absolutely love KIng Street Cats!! We've been supporters ever since we stumbled across them at their old location located on King Street. Every single volunteer we've met at the facility or at the mobile adoption spots have been so patient, caring, and dedicated to finding the perfect homes. The cats onsite or in foster care are given the best care and love possible. KSC is an amazing group and we're proud to be Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) donors. Keep up the amazing work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited this nonprofit a total of 4 times. I have helped adopt a cat for a friend here and am in the process of adopting 2 kittens here. The people are kind and caring and the cats are very well provided for. The environment they provide is also ideal for meeting the kitties in a place where they feel comfortable and are able to show off their personality. This in turn helps them get adopted much faster.

I have only good things to say about King Street Cats.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting this cat rescue for years. They do an amazing job of finding forever homes for cats, including special needs cats requiring medical attention and specialty fostering. They broadcast their success stories for all of us to share. King Street Cats provides critical humane services to area cats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish I had found King Street Cats when I adopted my babies! They are by far the most caring shelter I have come across, and really take the time to check out potential adopters and make sure their cats go to the right homes. They also take excelletent care of all cats and kittens, waiting until they are at an appropriate age and weight before undergoing procedures which I think is very important to the kitten's health and safety.
I also love the fact that the cats are free roaming, meaning they aren't cooped up all day and get to interact with the other cats!

And to top it all of - the staff are super friendly and helpful!

I currently foster kittens for KSC and after my experience with them, not only am I so glad I picked them to work with, but I will be recommending them to any and every one I come across that is thinking of adopting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our first King Street Cats kitty, Loki in January 2015. We were looking for a playmate for our wild child, Rogue, and the two of them hit it off right from the get-go. Shortly before Christmas of 2015, we adopted our second KSC alum, Patches -- who, at the time, was the shelter's longest resident, having been there her entire life (nearly 7 years!). Both times, we were very impressed by how well cared for all of KSC's kitties are and how invested the volunteers are in finding the purrfect forever home for each one!

I would highly recommend King Street Cats to anyone looking to add a new feline to their family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love King Street Cats!! Great people who are 100% invested in finding the right home for every kitty who comes through their doors! My husband and I are the proud parents of two KSC alumni, Loki and Patches -- we just love them to pieces!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Top of the food chain, volunteer run, free roam, no kill, cat shelter. Excellent website. Eager and helpful staff. Beautiful kitties, all in need of forever homes.
The cats are not caged. Rather, they freely intermingle with themselves, staff and potential adopters.

We had lost our beloved Emily, early last year. We met Raj, now Tam Lin, at KSC and we were smitten. He helped make our family whole again.

Highest kudos to KSC. It is a perfect non- profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've never met a group of people more dedicated to the care of the cats -- not one of whom is being paid to be there at 9pm coaxing a depressed cat to eat or at the ER at 1am with a sick kitten, and then get up and go to their "real" jobs. I'm proud to have volunteered here for 12 years and know first-hand the blood, sweat and tears that goes into cherishing each and every cat. KSC is one of the rare safe havens for cats with special behavioral and medical needs that just don't make it because they are deemed "too hard to adopt out" elsewhere. Cats are given all the TLC and time they need to learn trust and to eventually decide to adopt someone...even if it takes years in Patches' and Maxie's cases! I'm also glad KSC takes finding a forever home seriously and is not a "retail rescue" -- no one can walk in and pick a cat off the shelf to match their sofa (yes, true story).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm celebrating my 10-year anniversary as volunteer and donor to KSC. Its amazing what is achieved by this rescue, which still has no paid staff and relies solely on private donations. The volunteers go above and beyond to provide safe haven and TLC to the cats and kittens in their care until a forever home can be found.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

KSC is a dedicated organization who strive to take care of as many cats as they can!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff involved with King Street Cats are sincere and commit to their mission with the cats they care for.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 cats from KSC, in 2004 and 2010. I am so appreciative of the hardwork and dedication the volunteers/staff have for the well-being of these animals. I love the storied they post of cats with touching stories that no one else gave a chance to, but KSC did. This non-profit, no-kill shelter in Alexandria is wonderful! I regularly donate because I believe in their work.

Client Served

Rating: 1

We've had a horrible experience with King Street Cats President. She has been dishonest and disrespectful to visitors. Thankfully the regular volunteers are quite helpful. But they fear her and what she will do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at King Street Cats for about 5yrs and I love it, they are a no kill shelter, and most if the cats are free roaming, they take in cats from other shelters that would get euthanized if not taken in by King Street Cats.

I have adopted 3 cats from King Street Cats.

Lorraine Refuto.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is AMAZING! I have been a part of this wonderful all volunteer, all donation rescue/adoption shelter for over 2 years -- and every single day I am in awe of the absolute unbelievable labor of love that goes into caring for every single little fur soul that comes through our door. The respect and love between the volunteers is unbelievable -- everyone wants to be there and do whatever it takes to care for the kids until they find their forever homes! I credit this culture to the outstanding leadership of our President and leaders who instill teamwork and togetherness in our volunteer staff! King Street Cats is a family -- and I truly am blessed beyond words to be a part of something so wonderful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with dozens of organizations over the years and I can say, without a doubt, and all my heart, none compare to the MAGIC of King Street Cats! I was immediately welcomed with open arms and introduced to our adorable kitties -- each one with their own little story -- their own little personality -- their own little needs. King Street Cats rescues, fosters, provides medical care, hospitalizion, cleaning, feeding, nurturing, head pats, scratches, stories, manicures and pedicures ;)....and LOVE...LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE -- all through volunteers and donations! I am so excited and honored to be a part of an organization that resembles all that is GOOD and TRUE and WONDERFUL in the world! It's been a joy to be there -- and to be depended upon to help keep our kitties loved and safe until they find their forever homes. King Street Cats is ABSOLUTELY DESERVING of your recognition -- they are a WONDERFUL organization! Thank you for the opportunity to comment!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered, fostered and adopted with King Street Cats. KSC is an amazing place takes in even the hardest to place cats. Even the sickest cats are taken in and cared for until they are healthy and go to their forever homes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for 3 years and King Street Cats is one of my top two charities to which I donate. Every penny goes to caring for the cats as the organization is run entirely by volunteers who give so much of their precious free time to ensure the organization is well run and the cats are extremely well cared for and, yes, loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've adopted from and been a volunteer for KSC for 12 years. Its hard to believe its an all-volunteer organization. On average more than 300 cats and kittens are rescued each year. What is most amazing is that KSC will take on the special medical and behavioral needs cats that are on death row at area shelters. They provide a safe haven and all veterinary needs until these cats are ready to find a home--how ever long it takes. I am proud to be a volunteer with such a dedicated, amazing group of people saving these precious souls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is such an amazing organization! I have adopted from them and currently foster and could not be happier with them. They truly have the best interest of the cats at heart and work tirelessly to take care of them and find them all forever homes. I am so thankful for KSC and all the volunteers that make their mission possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with KSC when my family and I moved to Northern VA and I am continually impressed by how much they do and how many lives they are able to impact with an all volunteer crew. This group is incredibly dedicated to saving the lives of as many cats and kittens as they can. I have fostered over a dozen kittens for them and adopted two and could not be happier with my experience. They are such a great organization and I encourage all animal lovers to get involved with them.

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Amy_305

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered over 5 litters of kittens for King Street Cats. They are the most awesome rescue to work with. I love that they screen their adopters thoroughly and they stress the importance of adopting kittens in pairs.
They have a wonderful group of caring, dedicated volunteers who care for the cats and find them the most loving homes possible.

Sheryll P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our boy, Pinot from KSC and continue to support them ever chance we get. They're a wonderful organization with fantastic staff who truly care. They listened to our concerns and needs and helped direct us to our 4 year old boy, who was a better fit than a kitten as a companion for our older, existing cat.