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Little Mews Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Target demographics: cats and kittens, including ferals and the people who care for them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of cats, including feral cats and several dogs

Geographic areas served: Lenawee County and southeastern Michigan

Programs: Little Mews is an all volunteer, non profit, 501(c)3, no-kill rescue organization located in Lenawee County, MI. We take in cats and kittens from a variety of situations, most are stray, unwanted, neglected or abused. We trap, spay/neuter and release feral cats. We also assist low income people with pet food and other pet needs. We also work with social services to help people with their own needs.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 PD Budd

Client Served

Rating: 5

On a winter day before Christmas I had the most wonderful experience adopting a rescued kitten in my village of Oxford. I had been wishing for a little female kitten to liven things up between my two older, very settled, bored once-rescued cats named Buddy Budd and PD Budd-- and to make me happy too. This happened when Dona Olsen of Little Mews Cat Rescue of Oxford N.Y. stood at my front door with a carrier holding the cutest yellow-eyed, black and white female kitten inside. She wears a tuxedo design with a lacey white bib and white at her very toe tips… 7 of them on her front paws and 6 on each of the back ones. I’ve counted. Gracie Twinkle-toes is a polydactyl—an extra added attraction and rare in cats. After Dona came inside, Gracie and I got to cuddle together on my sofa. This little bundle, so easily curled up in one of my hands, relaxed and tame, she obviously had been well-loved at Little Mews. I sat listening, drawn between the rumble of purring vibrating in my hands and Dona’s voice as she went over the terms of Little Mews adoption agreement. I had to promise to have the kitten spayed in two months when she was six months old. Dona also gave me information that would help with the cost and the name of a local veterinarian who work with Little Mews. And I also had to promise not to get Grace’s many toes “de-clawed,” a euphemism for removing the first knuckle of each finger. A torture for any cat, but for a multi-toed feline it could only cripple the cat for life. It was no problem for me to make such a promise. Dona told me the “family history” such as it was. Gracie has two long-haired tuxedo brothers who are also polydactyl. They had been adopted. As a retired, limited income elder I felt pleased to hear that there was no charge for this extraordinary service. Future contributions were not on the Little Mews list, but I plan on some “Gifts from Gracie T-t” as time goes by. Before Dona left she handed me a folder of kitten raising information with product coupons. She urged me to call her whenever I had any questions. Then like a fairy godmother of cat rescuers, Dona Olsen disappeared leaving me with a black and white furry bundle looking up at me. As I write this, young Gracie naps across the room on one of her choice sleeping spots. After two months since her “big girl surgery” the hair on her belly grows downy soft and she gets along well with the two old “uncles” who had lived a far more settled life before she moved in. Every day I am grateful for Little Mews Cat Rescue and Dona Olsen who does such a perfect job of bringing rescued little kitties back to health and finding homes for them. Dona offers a premium service for cats and humans, too. How else would I have found a perfectly healthy, adoptable cat delivered right to my own home?

2 Nancy Jill H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Mews is run by people who are passionate about keeping cats safe, healthy, and happy, and finding them good homes. They care for as many cats as they can, have several good volunteer foster homes, and carefully screen potential adopters. I highly recommend adopting a kitty or two or three from Little Mews!

5 Holly88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Little Mews Rescue! Have a couple cats from there that are a wonderful addition to my home. Loving and caring people!

6 Jen_43

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Mews matched me with the best cat I've ever had, coached me through the transition and helps to this day if I have questions about his care, behavior or veterinary needs. Little Mews goes way above and beyond the call of duty to help cats and cat owners in our community!

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littlemews 09/26/2014

Jen not only did you get a wonderful cat, but you're a wonderful cat mom. You took on the challenge of falling in love with a feline leukemia positive cat without hesitation. You've given Tyson everything he needs to make his life as healthy and comfortable as possible. He looks great, and obviously living the good life with you. And if that's not enough... you found an almost dead horse and brought him back to life too!! Simply amazing what love can do to preserve life.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is too long to tell. It involves a mama cat and two litters. All I can say is that the people at Little Mews went above and beyond in helping me out with a tough and sad situation and to make sure that the cats received the best care possible. Even went as far as calming me into the late hours of the night and keeping in contact with me. They truly love the cats that they help. I would not go anywhere else to save a cat. God bless them.

5 Mike125

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dona from Little Mews is compassionate and very dedicated to rescuing cats. I had personal experience when a friend lost her apartment and had to give up her cats, both cats had medical issues but Little Mews took them in and cared for them until adoption. Dona works tirelessly rescuing cats in Oxford as well as all of Chenango County and she is responsible for hundreds of successful placements.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my boy, Fritz, from Little Mews in February of 2013. I had heard of Little Mews through a family friend and followed them on Facebook. I already had one cat, Abbey, who I had taken in the summer before, as a stray. I had been thinking of getting another cat but I wasn't sure. That was when I found Fritz. I instantly fell in love with him. He is a little grey tabby with one eye. He was just so handsome! I showed him to my at the time, fiance, now husband, and commented how perfect he was. A few days went by and I couldn't stop thinking about him! So, I talked to my fiance, and I talked to my mom, whose property I lived on at the time, and we all decided I could adopt him, if I really wanted. Dona was amazing! I messaged her on facebook, expressing my interest, and I filled out an application on the Little Mews website. Abbey had just been spayed a few days before, but we had a little meet and greet set up at my house and had Fritz come to be introduced to Abbey and ourselves. He loved up to us immediately, flopping onto his back and demanding belly rubs! He also wanted to be best friends with Abbey from the start. Of course, Abbey wanted nothing to do with him. She was NOT happy to have a stranger in her house. So, Fritz went back to his foster home, and Abbey finished healing from her spay. When she was healed, we finalized the adoption and had our newest member brought home! It took them about a week to get used to each other but they have been best friends ever since! Dona and her organization, Little Mews Rescue, are so wonderful! Dona and her volunteers work tirelessly to help rescue cats in need and try to find them all loving homes. Every interaction I've had with her has been nothing short of extremely pleasant and amazing! I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for the perfect cat or cats to call their own!

6 Heather169

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came across little mews, and Donna, on Facebook, She was helping another person find homes and spay/neuter services for there cats. I asked her some questions, and for some advice. She gave it, with out making me feel like i was dumb and a bad pet owner for having to ask. When it came time for my move, she placed my two kitten sisters, in an amazing home, togeather. Better then i could have asked. She also told me about AAM, and with there help i am able to get my male cat neutured. Donna and little mews, well i cant say enough good things about them. There saviors. Donna goes out of the way to save animals. I know she has helped save more then just cats. She saves humans as well. She saves them by offering help, and a hand up not a hand out. She teaches not preaches. She explains things with out judgement. I am forever and eternally greatfull for her.

8 Lori114

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Little Mews Rescue while visiting the local Tractor Supply in our community. There was a large crate with the cutest little balls of fur inside, and a table set up with information about the rescue. That is where I met Dona. She gave me a sheet, and we talked for a little while. I learned a lot about the overpopulation of cats, and the problems with getting funding to have them spayed and neutered, and even finding foster homes and adoptions to "forever" homes. I now help them by setting up a donation jar on the stage, right on my piano wherever my band SUNDOWN plays. We have raised a few hundred dollars so far this way. Thanks go out to our fans who reach out and help.

5 Renee48

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Meows Fantastic place to adopt great cats from, I have two love them both. Little meows has always been honest and I would recommend adopting from little meows!


7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have taken in 3 Fosters to Help Little Mews and I'm proud to say we can't let them go. This Rescue is more than caring and compassionate. They work their butts off to keep these cats healthy and ALIVE unlike the SPCA who LOVE to put them down. If your looking for a cat or kitty this is the place. Be prepared for a back ground check as they make sure these adorable critters go to GOOD homes ONLY!!!!!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Mews Rescue, is awesome, early this summer, I had some kittens that a mother cat had abandoned in my garage, I desperately reached out to Little Mews rescue, they told me how to go about capturing them safely, and once I did, they came and got them, and now they have been adopted. They are a wonderful Rescue, so caring about all cats tame and feral.

8 Donna167

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Little Mews Rescue for several years. The work that they do continues to amaze me. At first, I just helped with a couple of bake sales. After a while, I decided to get involved in helping with their feral cat Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program. At first, I would just go and check traps that had already been set. After trapping the first cat successfully, I was pretty much hooked. A friend had told me about an area known to have feral cats where kittens had been seen. I went there, and saw 4 little tiger kittens playing. So, I set 2 traps. The first day, I trapped 2 kittens and Dona picked them up. I was pretty sure there were 3 more playing around the traps, so I set 3 traps the next day. When I went to check them, I had 3 kittens in traps, and 1 more playing! What we originally thought was a litter of 4 turned out to be a litter of 6 almost identical little tiger kittens. Since they were VERY feral - ferocious little guys - they were all spayed or neutered and released on a farm. They were adorable - and the furthest from cuddly I have ever seen.

11 Renae P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Quite a while back my mother had to go to a Nursing Home and we did not know what do to because she had an 8 year old Persian "Frankie" who had been an indoor cat for these years. I myself had 2 dogs and 2 cats and 2 small children that I did not think Frankie would be happy at. I had heard from a friend about Little Mews Rescue and thought I would give it a shot. Dona was such an amazing person, in no time at all she found a home for Frankie with a wonderful lady, who had kept in touch with me through the years to let us know how he was. This made it so much easier for my mother and all of us. Frankie lived a long life and we owe it to Dona and her rescue. My children recently went though their toys to donate to one of her recent garage sales to benefit the rescue. I am so proud of them! We LOVE Little Mews Rescue!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would just like to say that Little Mews is an excellent operation run by truly dedicated people in Dona & Lars who live for helping cats & kittens find loving homes. I was living in the home in Texas when the Wonderful story of "Vanna & Kim" took place and met them both personally. It was a memorable lifetime experience and a combined effort to place a beautiful cat in a nice home and a person's dream fulfilled. Only from donations of generous and concerned people that the trip from Canada to Texas was made a reality. Heart warming stories like this are only made possible by animals lovers who care enough to give what they can to help non-profit organizations like Little Mews that give all their time and effort to foster the Beautiful cats & kittens they help place in suitable homes.. Bless and Thank You Dona and All For Helping The Cause..

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live too far away from Little Mews to adopt one of their fosters, but I follow their progress on an internet community avidly. Dona and Lars always have lovely, well-crafted images of their kittens and adult cats to share, and the animals are always lovingly cared for and well-socialized. I followed the story of Vanna, the lucky momma cat who was able to find a home in Texas through the previously mentioned internet community and made a spectacular trip across country with a Canadian saviour (the spelling is for you, Kim!).

I don't have any spare cash to donate, but I have been able to send donations of materials a couple of times. I only wish I could send more, these folks do great work and they richly deserve all the support they can get.