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King Street Cats

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Nonprofit Overview

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

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Never met a more dedicated group of volunteers. Its hard to believe they work all day and then devote what spare time they have to the saving the lives of more than 350 cats and kittens every year. Simply amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is a small, no-kill, free-roaming shelter in Alexandria, VA that is punching way above its weight rescuing more than 184 cats & kittens so far in 2013 and finding homes for 152. This is all down to the hard work of exceptionally dedicated volunteers and the support of the local community; the rescue receives no funding other than private donations. I have volunteered with KSC for 9 years and its the most-rewarding thing I have ever done. I am also a donor because I like that 100% of my donations go to the care of the cats. KSC has no paid staff. And, I can go any weekend and see exactly where the money is being spent! Support your local non-profits!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Been adopting from and volunteering with KSC for 15 years -- never met a group of volunteers more dedicated to their cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It still amazes me that King Street Cats is all-volunteer run. They do amazing work rescuing over 400 cats and kittens, many of them special medical and behavioral needs felines that just would not make it in shelters and some other rescues. They cherish each and every cat and make sure it finds a forever home not just any home. That's why I'm still volunteering after 14 years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the care given to figuring out the personality and needs of each kitty, which can change as a cat acclimates to the free-roaming shelter. This attention to detail translates into superb care and adoptions that are much more likely to be forever homes.

HilaryC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love cats. And King Street Cats definitely loves cats. You can tell by the clean shelter with free roaming cats and kittens who are well fed and healthy. Potential adopters as well as the cats are vetted. The shelter is no-kill and the cats live at the shelter or in a foster home until they go to their forever home. The shelter is cleaned every morning and every evening every day. The cats get attention and human contact and care. I love the fact that the shelter is ran by dedicated volunteers and no paid staff so that all incoming money goes to the welfare of the cats. And all kinds of cats are taken in; not just the pretty, easily adoptable ones. Best shelter ever! I am very proud to be a volunteer who helps the King Street Cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although the kitties are not in their forever homes as one would like, it helps to know that at the King Street Cats orphanage at least they are safe, well cared for, and loved. Thank goodness for King Street Cats!

Ashley Elizabeth G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here occasionally because I LOVE that it's all volunteer-run. Yes, it means that there are limitations to how much can get done around here, and how quickly, but it also means that all the money goes to the cats. All of it. And KSC never gives up on a cat, which is touching. Once a King Street Cat, always a King Street Cat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group of people who are passionate about what they do. No cat is too difficult to take on and they make sure to find the most suitable home for them. Definitely recommend stopping by, getting involved, or even just making a donation in support of this organization.

Amanda44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place. My last four cats have been from KSC. When I lost one to FIP, they were so thoughtful reaching out to me. My current three are amazing - one from Baltimore, one from St. Croix, and my Jersey girl. Best things to ever happen to me. Picture is my oldest.

I have been volunteering there for over 15 years. I am a regular cleaner, but also help with litter coordination and delivery, adoptions, and I even tried out fostering. It is hard work but we are all volunteers so everyone is there for the cats. I have learned so much about cat behavior and medications.

They are pretty strict about policies as we have seen the reasons for it. This rescue is about the cats. And we are no kill - so if a cat doesn't get adopted, we keep them. So I am sure some people get frustrated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started off volunteering almost 9 years ago and I knew nothing about cats. I am amazed by how much I have learned from the other volunteers and by spending time in the cat room. Everyone gives as much as they can to help out (and sometimes more than they should!). And the cats are the sole beneficiaries. The cleaning, the care, and the love provided by the volunteers makes such a difference.

I have watched cats come into the shelter in terrible condition and so upset. The love and time spent by the volunteers gets them ready for a forever home. They are playful and calm. And you know everyone wants on the best for the cats. I love volunteering there.

So, when my 17 year old cat crossed the rainbow bridge in January, I had no doubts where my next cats would come from. The other volunteers were helpful with their observations and suggestions about which cats would be best for my husband and I. And they were right - we are in love with our two boys - Captain Kidd (formerly Williams) and Duke Bepple of K Street (formerly Flurry). They are cat-tastic!

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Laurie W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 10 years I have been a volunteer with King Street Cats, and about 3 1/2 years ago I adopted my cat Hillary from KSC. She was a "What About Me?" kitty; if you go to the KSC website you will see that KSC has an annual campaign to put the spotlight on cats that are shy, older, or have health/special needs that make them harder to adopt. She was 6 years old at the time and did not like the other cats in the shelter, so she was not very happy and showed it. I actually took her to foster and then became a "failed foster parent" and adopted her. One of the things I really like about KSC is the willingness to take cats that may be more challenging to adopt, including those that may have significant health needs. The only thing that's asked is if there's room. KSC is all volunteer: caregivers, adoption counselors, foster parents, board members, website team, event planners, etc. I love working with so many dedicated people who are making a difference to many cats and kittens (and their adoptive families).

Donor

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is the best!! I've been a volunteer for 10 years now and am constantly amazed at the level of commitment from everyone who helps this all-volunteer run organization succeed. Every year we rescue hundreds of cats and help them find their forever homes. EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR you give goes directly to support the care of the cats and kittens. Often the cats we see are difficult cases that other shelters are not able to handle. We care for them, nurse them back to health if needed, help them overcome behavior issues, and shower them with love and attention so they are ready for their new families. It's an incredible organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is an incredible organization. They rescue more and more kittens and cats every year, and guarantee that they are all safe in the shelter until their forever home is found. They do an amazing amount of work, especially considering it is all volunteer run, with no paid staff. They stretch every penny to make sure it goes as far as it can to care for the cats and keep them safe and happy while in their care. I have been a proud supporter for 9 years and will happily continue my support!

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Lorraine R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at KSC for over 11 years, I love working at the shelter, all the volunteer do great work, all the cats are free roaming except when they first come to KSC, or are sick they are in cages. I have adopted 3 cats, and am fostering a special needs cat . kSC cares deeply about all the cats they take in and makes sure they are all vetted and in good health before they get adopted.

Lorraine Refuto.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Kingstreet Cats for about 3 years now, it is a very well organize and professional shelter, they have helped so many cats find loving home, they are a no-kill shelter, and all the cats get checked out by a veterinarian, they are also taken care of when they are sick. I love working with Kingstreet Cats. Lorraine Refuto.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I volunteered for two years for this shelter, and I am extremely proud for the work I have done with them for the kitties, but the last two months ruined all my opinion about the totalitarian regime used to run this place.
I started volunteering after adopting one of their cats, almost 7 years ago, so It was a no brainer going back and adopting another one when our oldest passed away. The kitty was microchiped, so we called the company to transfer the primary contact, but KSC denied the transfer. I received a brief email saying that their policy is not to transfer the primary contact, but we were added as alternate (did I mention that they "forgot" to provide our contact information?).
I wrote back, this time to the president, who told me again about the policy, and that we do not need to be worried about it. I replied objecting to the policy, because the kitty is in our custody, not theirs (what if we change state or country?) but they simply ignored me. Long story short, we have an appointment with a lawyer, because we want to go to the bottom of this unprofessional and unethical behavior. This "policy" was not disclosed on the adoption contract, but only written in VERY small print on a pet info page from another shelter.
I am going to avoid describing our personal experience with a person of the board taking care of our cats, which personally disappointed me to so many levels, but I cannot avoid to do the math and give credits to all the negative reviews I have found online so far.

Donor

Rating: 4

My friend and neighbor is a volunteer at King Street Cats. Through her (and my own observations), I see what a GREAT organization KSC is! Currently, my neighbor helps with vet runs and is also fostering a sweet older cat named Tabitha. Tabitha's immune system is somewhat compromised, yet KSC never gives up on her. She has to use an inhaler for her asthma (the cat, that is), easily gets a virus that affects her eyes, and KSC provides all the medicine while the volunteer provides the love and safety. In addition, I am proud to see that KSC understands that an FIV+ cat is NOT a death sentence, and that they can be integrated into households with non-FIV+ cats. KSC allows for a free-roaming, cage-free environment which is very helpful for socialization and companionship. I love KSC!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at King Street Cats for 8 years and it's the most rewarding thing I've done. To see the compassion the organization has for cats and ensuring the right match is made between a cat and their human is amazing. The volunteers work tirelessly, around the clock-no weekends or snow days or holidays. I've also had the joy of adopting a kitty from KSC-her name is Smudge (photo attached). Even though I am a volunteer, they made sure she would plug in well into my current situation and it was the right fit. I highly recommend KSC-whether you want to adopt a cat, donate your time, donate supplies, or donate funds-you will be so thankful you were a part of helping those kitties! >^..^

Volunteer

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is Alexandria’s only no kill, free roaming, all volunteer run, cat exclusive shelter. I have been volunteering there for over 3 years and am amazed at the number of cats that have been saved by this small rescue. They take cats from other shelters who have medical issues or behavioral issues and do whatever is necessasry to get them ready to find them a forever home. King Street Cats relies solely on donations from the public to accomplish its mission. Every penny donated goes to the care of the cats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marvelous organization with every volunteer 100% committed to creating new and better lives for cats and kittens by providing them with quality medical care, giving them lots of love, and ultimately finding them the best forever homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KSC saves so many ill, injured, and senior cats that wouldn't otherwise have a chance. So wonderful.

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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

King Street Cats is the most caring cat rescue I have encountered. They consider the needs of each cat while making sound financial decisions and work hard to make sure that each adoption is set up for success. I know my money goes to the care and welfare of the cats and their low overhead makes King Street Cats a positive choice for my contributions.

sjacobyesq

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beloved cat, Emily, had died in 2016. We went to King Street (45 miles from our home), because it is a non-kill shelter. We met a lot of beautiful kitties, and some wonderful staff. Raj, mostly white, with some bengal, stole our hearts. King Street Cats would not let us take him home that day, so you don't make just an emotional decision. We left, with no cat, but returned the next day, and Raj, now Tam Lin, came with us. He loves his home, and we love him. King Street is a wonderful organization, that does its best to match up cats and perspective owners. It is everything a non-profit should be. Kudos to KSC!

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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.

chellownc

Donor

Rating: 5

King Street Cats (KSC) is an amazing 100% volunteer no kill shelter. We contribute to KSC through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at work and through Amazon Smile. We love their kitten purloozas and what about me for seniors. Their dedicated and loving volunteers are the best! We appreciate all they do.

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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!

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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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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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.

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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'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.