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Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs (aka MEOW Cat Rescue)

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: With respect and compassion for all animal life, MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home.

Results: Since our beginning in 1997, we have rescued and placed more than 21,000 pets into loving homes. Our average shelter population ranges from 60 - 90 cats and kittens, depending on time of year. In addition, at any time our foster homes are caring for 100 - 200 kittens, seniors and special needs cats, some of them as long term care or hospice residents in our Ninth Life Division foster homes.

Programs: MEOW places approximately 1000 animals into permanent homes each year. Adoption fees help to defray the cost of care for the animals, but donations from interested individuals, organizations and businesses provide most of our financial support. Our application process ensures that every adopted animal is placed in an environment where there is appropriate space, human contact, and a commitment to safeguard and care for the animal for its entire lifetime. Our standards are high. The welfare of the animals is paramount in the placement process. Cats and kittens come from various sources and situations: orphans found under a deck, a stray or abandoned cat crying at the door, someone has developed allergies or is moving to a place where the cats are not welcome. Some come from the rescue community, finding tame cats and kittens feeding with feral colonies. Newborn or senior, healthy, ill or injured, all are welcome at MEOW . Incoming cats and kittens are examined for general health, illness, injury, parasites and tested for feline viral diseases and provided appropriate medical care. Daily care of cats and kittens is done both in the shelter and in the foster homes of volunteers, sometimes involving bottle-feeding orphans, often requiring intensive medical care of ill animals. MEOW provides a safe haven and socialization as well as proper nutrition and a clean environment while the animals await adoptive homes. Our volunteers speak with the public, interview prospective adopters, and provide education concerning the care of pets on such subjects as spaying/neutering, introducing a new pet into the family, addressing behavioral issues, proper daily care and well-cat/kitten care. Each year MEOW is faced with the impossible and each and every day we recommit ourselves to something we truly believe in, the motto we adopted at our inception,"all nine lives are precious".

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192 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we lost our beloved 17-year-old orange cat two months ago, we were heartbroken. We decided to wait six months before making a decision about whether to bring another cat into our home. But then... just six weeks later, MEOW Cat Rescue posted photos of two 10-year-old sisters whose owner had passed away. We fell in love immediately, applied to adopt them the same night, and just two days later were able to bring them home. Our two girls are sweet, well-behaved and very affectionate. They obviously received wonderful care, both while at the MEOW shelter and then in a loving foster home. The volunteers at MEOW went above and beyond expectations in their efforts to make the adoption process as easy as possible for the cats and for us. We appreciated the fact that we were screened very carefully before we were approved to adopt. We will be grateful to MEOW every day for bringing these sweet kitties into our lives.

Graham H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our second cat from MEOW, once again they were head and shoulders above every other agency in the Seattle area. It's so clear that they care deeply about both the cats and the owners into the long-term. We wholeheartedly recommend MEOW.

CATCrazyGirlNY

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meow is the best! I adopted two of my fur babies from them. Their most important mission is taking care of the kitties and they do this with love! I always recommend them to anyone looking to adopt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What MEOW does is beyond wonderful! I am grateful for them everyday, as two of my fur babies were saved by them and then I was able to adopt them. Thank you for all you do everyday!

1 MPBaskett

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW Cat Rescue has been a cornerstone of animal rescue in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years. As a volunteer here for a number of years, I see the dedication MEOW has towards ALL animals on a daily basis. During these extremely difficult times we live in today, MEOW continues to provide the highest level of attention to their cats (and dogs), staff and volunteers. Contactless adoptions, weekly check ins, online events and fundraising continue to happen under the most difficult of circumstances. This level of dedication is bested by no other organization and I am forever grateful for the time I've gotten to spend with MEOW.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More than any other rescue or shelter I've ever seen, MEOW truly does whatever it takes to support and keep these animals healthy. Additionally, they also help rescue DOGS! MEOW is hands down the most caring and loving animal rescue organization I have ever witnessed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been providing foster care for MEOW for about 7 years and I have always been so impressed with the care and attention they give each kitty in their care. They go way beyond other organizations regarding the medical care provided and their staff sometimes have much more expertise with kittens than vets I have worked with! They have always made me feel as a valued member of the team and they take foster care families opinions into account with each adoption placement. I specifically switched to providing foster care with MEOW because I strongly agree with their policy of always adopting kittens in pairs instead of as single kittens. It is best for kittens and that is what they care about! I also love that they will always take back a cat that was adopted from them, even years later. I adopted a lovely pair of sister cats from MEOW who had been adopted as kittens from them and at 6yrs old were left at a shelter in California. MEOW paid to fly them back because they are MEOW kitties!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted several cats from MEOW over the years and have had wonderful experiences with this organization. Two of the cats had medical issues that MEOW addressed and resolved prior to the adoptions being finalized. I really appreciate how transparent they are with finding the perfect homes for special needs cats. The staff and volunteers were wonderful to work with and very supportive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW is an excellent place to adopt a furry friend. They really know and understand the cats in their care so they are able to make great matches with adopters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW staff & volunteers provide incredible care and love for their kitties. We go the extra mile to make sure the cats and the humans are a good match, and we’re there for you after the adoption if you have questions or need help. If you’re looking for some entertainment, stop by and meet Tripp, one of our cats in “The Cottage”. He adopts every kitten we put in the room with him- grooming them, snuggling, and playing with them. It’s a great place to adopt, or just to spend an hour getting your “cat fix”.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very dedicated group of volunteers and stellar staff make this place the best.

2 Andrea L.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meow is absolutely amazing! They helped us adopt our wonderful kittens and have been so supportive. They were through and friendly in the application processes and made sure that we felt comfortable with our adoption. Meow has been adaptable and held a virtual meet and greet so we could meet the kittens. They followed up with us after the kittens had been home a few days to make sure that everything was going good! I’ve adopted a lot of kittens in my lifetime and never had a shelter follow up after we brought them home! They gave the kittens a wonderful start to life and brought amazing family members to our family! I couldn’t recommend them more. We love Meow!

2 cbrugman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster Mom for MEOW Cat Rescue for about 4 years. What a fabulous experience. They really live up to their slogan: "All Nine Lives are Precious". I have fostered many kittens and the level of support is phenomenal. If veterinary care or supplies are needed, they are provided, along with lots of practical advice. It is a great comfort to me, after all the love and effort I put into raising a litter that I know MEOW will make sure my sweet little babies go to the most appropriate home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to foster kittens for this great organization. The staff is unbelievably supportive through all the ups and downs of caring for the kittens and for their commitment to all the cats in their care. The volunteers are numerous and amazing people.

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2 Roberta G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I support MEOW Cat Rescue as a local charity that serves our community and our fur kids. The staff is prompt with responses to donations and writing a note of support. A friend loss her fur kid after 19 years of companionship. I donated in her memory and MEOW sent her a lovely note of support. It is these special touches that makes MEOW Cat Rescue a 5 star organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing group! They were wonderful at finding the cat for me and setting me and my family up for success. Excellent shelter.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

This is about the microbiologist that lives next roo4 to me. She has been feeding, housing and watering 15 Cats for 4 years and now abandans them. Her name is Sandra Puenure and lives at 668 n miller St mesa, AZ. 85203 please somebody do something. Please!

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bonne 11/15/2019

MEOW Cat Rescue is located in Kirkland, Washington, so we'd suggest you direct your concern to your local Mesa AZ Animal Control. Get information at https://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/animal-control or call them at 480-644-2268. That is the agency responsible for the health and safety of animals in the Mesa area.

1 Jacky S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted from Meow 4 times. Our cats were well cared for at Meow. When we came in to adopt, they listened to what type of cat we were hoping to find and we have been very happy with each one. When we plan to adopt again, we will be visiting again. Great volunteers and care for kitties.

1 James L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great rescue for cats and kittens. Adopt, don't support breeding! MEOW does a great job finding the cats and kittens great homes

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers truly care and love all of the kittens and cats that come to Meow. Everyone is so kind and positive. Their goal is to find the “purfect” forever home for each and every cat/kitten in their care! I highly recommend them to anyone looking to add a fur baby to their family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is were my Lucy came from. They have a great shelter and love cats.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, my mother and I adopted two cats (Truman and Roosevelt) from MEOW. They were wonderful about guiding us through the process and making sure that we were aware of Roosevelt's preexisting health issues and that these boys were a good fit for us. Highly recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom and I adopted Truman and Roosevelt (an adult bonded pair with special needs) at MEOW several years ago, and they were a joy to work with and adopt from. They obviously care deeply about their animals and making sure that they get the best care possible (who knew that there are eye specialists for cats??). I highly recommend MEOW to people looking to adopt in the Seattle area! We love our boys deeply. Thank you, MEOW!

Barb H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEOW was a leading organization in the fight to transform the way companion animals are managed in the massive County of King in Washington State. Thanks to MEOW and those they mentored, the kill rate in our government shelter is one of the lowest in the nation.

Lynn L.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and fostering for Meow for over a decade and have adopted 4 Meow babies to my own forever home. The dedication of everyone who works for them is unsurpassed!

Kim J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

These are amazing people. They care for animals that no one wants. They find forever homes for so many fur babies. They make people pledge to take care of these babies and tell them to return them to them if for any reason they are unable to keep them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted two of the best kitties from Meow...and we used to fostered kitten for them in the summer. It was such a great experience for our kids who have fond memories of “kitten therapy”. I know they really care for the little one they take in, i’ve Seen it first hand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization and the dedicated folks who run it. I fostered kittens for several years for Meow. Some people say they couldn’t do it because it would be too hard to give them up when it was time to go back to the shelter...it is hard. But, I could trust the Meow team to look out for “my babies” and find them a good forever home. And, sadly there were always more babies that need help.

Our sweet Gracie kitty (Meow adoptee), age 14 yrs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a long time supporter of MEOW Cat Rescue. I’ve volunteered and fostered for many years. I’ve also adopted a number of cats from them and can’t say enough wonderful things about them. It’s so obvious that their cats’ care and futures are the most important thing to the shelter. They are a small shelter but do big things.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently adopted two kittens from MEOW and had a wonderful experience! The rescue is clean and well maintained, and the volunteers were all amazing - very patient and caring. The kittens were clean, fixed, had all their shots, etc. and we couldn’t be happier with our new furry friends!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a foster "Parent" for kittens for years. MEOW amazes me. The level of professionalism that is shown by and to everyone is just remarkable. Standards are very high and their actions and decisions are always consistent to their stated mission. I think they manage their donated income respectfully and well. Their facility is beautiful and always spotlessly clean. I have known some of the staff members for years and they are extraordinary in their skill, dedication, and kindness. They are also just plain good folk and it is a joy to be associated with them. The other day I happened to mention MEOW when I had my pet at the vet. "Oh! We love MEOW cats!", exclaimed the vet. "They are so well cared for and their records are perfect!" A totally candid, and unsolicited remark which didn't surprise me at all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW is a fantastic organization. We foster through them and have adopted a kitty through them as well! It’s clear how much they care for the animals in their care. They go above and beyond to ensure every kitty is healthy, loved, and properly socialized before sending them off to their forever homes. I recommend MEOW to anyone I know looking to adopt a furry friend into the family as I know they will not only be adopting an animal but also entering into a supportive and cat loving community who is always there for any concerns or questions.

Donor

Rating: 5

I went to MEOW looking for my next forever friend. I ended up adopting Ralph. Everyone was so helpful and nice. I received follow up phone calls and emails checking in making sure everything was going well. I love there program where you can adopt a cat and pay it forward so the next persons adoption fee is waived! Ralph and I picked an older kitty hoping that he would find his forever home shortly!

Ralph was sent home with his favorite toy and mat! I have been back several times to support and donate!

I highly recommend MEOW all the volunteers are so wonderful and nice!

The area is clean and all the kitty’s are so well taken care of!

Linda Dodge W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted several cats from MEOW over the last 20 years.
Great organization that helps sa e lives.

Johnnie E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 sisters from Meow when they were 12 weeks old. Now they are 3 year old cats. I’m so glad I made the drive from Des Moines to Kirkland to get these girls. I love them so much

Gail29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing place with wonderful caring people. We have adopted two cats, GRACE and STELLA. Our beloved GRACE passed in 2016. There was simply nothing that would heal our broken hearts until STELLA entered our lives.
We both love MEOW and their stellar volunteers. We live almost 100 miles away now, but often stop in to just visit and donate.
THANKS MEOW FOR ALL YOU DO AND FOR OUR TWO BEAUTIFUL CATS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE MEOW and the people involved with this organization. We adopted a WONDERFUL kitty, Grace, in 2005. The loving people at MEOW had rescued Grace from a crackhouse in south Seattle. Need I say more............. Grace was approximately one year old, when we found her at MEOW and had been there quite a while. She did not show herself - just sat in the back of her cage, hoping not to be noticed. BUT, I fell in love with her, immediately. She had the saddest eyes that I had ever seen. She had come in with two babies, of her own. They got homes pretty much right away, however, there sat Grace, not looking so good. She weighed four pounds - nine years later she weighs in at 14.1............not exactly obese, just full figured. She is the happiest little soul and, of course, she is very, very spoiled, which is exactly how she says it should be.
Three years ago, we moved to a new home in Bellingham. The house was somewhat planned around this princess, with two plus window seats; two fireplaces and numerous other things. We travel back to Kirkland every two weeks and Grace loves the car. She just does not like getting into it. Once she is in, she likes to look at the other cars and scenery. We wish that we could have more cats, but Grace has made it QUITE clear that is NOT an option.
In 2006 I did a small amount of volunteer work for MEOW (not in the shelter). I just could not volunteer at the shelter...........but they have lots of other things to do.
I highly recomment them to everybody!!
FYI: So does Grace!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a bonded pair of cats from MEOW in 2010. They were older cats and MEOW was very thorough in interviewing us because they wanted to make sure it was the best match and truly their forever home. Only one still lives, but I am forever grateful to MEOW for helping my girls come into my life. They have been with me through so much and were the perfect match!

Donor

Rating: 5

I needed help with a feral cat I had been feeding for a while. I got set up with a trap from one of their volunteers, caught the cat. He ended up being the sweetest boy who got the best home. I love a happy ending.

Julie E.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 wonderful kittens over the years. MEOW is so good about keeping bonded cats/kittens together and making sure the right cat personality is matched with the right human.

Caolan D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted and brought for adoption kittens and they have been helpful, caring people.

Dawn D.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love helping raise money for MEOW! They are great at helping the animals that are down on their luck & making sure they have loving homes.

1 Kathy F.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is exceptional with their great care for cats, no matter what age.
I adopted my two cats from Meow and they were extremely thorough in their adoption process from the cats being microchips, fixed and a free first visit to your Vet. Seamless experience.
I recommend this organization constantly! Great volunteers too!
Here are my two sweet kittens just before I adopted them!

1 Alison W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got two amazing kitties from MEOW and love the work they do!

1 Evelyn K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All three of my cats were adopted from Meow. They are wonderful kitties and the adoption process was pleasant.

I have volunteered there for nearly 15 years and love it. We frequently get comments about how clean our shelter is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meow Cat Rescue's shelter has a very pleasant atmosphere. It is kept very clean. Every effort is made to provide a wonderful experience for adoptors. I highly recommend it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love MEOW Cat Rescue. The staff is excellent. They offer good advice, and are so excited to see every kitty that comes in the door. Their health assessments of the animals go above and beyond to ensure that every adopter is familiar with their cat’s quirks and medical needs. The facility is very clean and doesn’t smell like cat litter, either. There are rooms which potential adopters can use to play with their future fur-baby, which leads to a positive outcome for everybody.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love MEOW Cat Rescue. They’ve helped so many wonderful cats and kittens find their forever homes. It doesn't matter whether they were feral, or in need of a surgical procedure, or needed medicine; MEOW came to their rescue. Those who are too poor to afford to spay or neuter their pet gets help here, too. Even more than that: they offer a shoulder for those who’ve recently lost pets, and plenty of extremely helpful advice for new and long-time cat owners. When I had new kittens, I knew where to go. The facility is so clean; it doesn't even smell like cats. Their volunteers at the shelter, and their volunteers who foster kittens and cats in their own homes, offer safety and compassion for the animals in their care.

Michele R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

they are awesome! I'm so grateful for how they took such great care of Lily and Lucy, and found the perfect family for them :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our bonded pair that were just over two years old from meow and have never been happier. They have a policy to never split up a bond and we were happy to oblige! Kitties came to us in perfect health AND with a bag of food to get us started. Adoption fees were very reasonable and the amount of vetting they put us through was reassuring without being over the top. 5 star would highly recommend

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted several cats from MEOW. Carson (Rorschach/tuxedo) and Gemma (Scorpio/tabby) are valued family members and we couldn’t imagine life without them. We love MEOW’s dedication to finding good homes for the cats in their care, and frequently recommend them as one of the best shelters to find a feline companion.

1 Ali A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful wonderful cat people with big hearts. Highly recommend!!

Donor

Rating: 5

They take amazing care of all the animals considering every aspect of their well being including emotional!

Laura086

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted from MEOW twice now and will again in the future because my experience adopting there has been so positive. The cats I have ended up with have been amazing and the staff has always been very thoughtful about who they introduce me to, paying attention to our household composition and who might be a good fit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEOW went out of their way to help us adopt a shy former stray we had fallen in love with, even staying late to ensure we had time to fill out the adoption paperwork. In addition to going out of their way to help us adopt him, they gave us coupons to help us pick up cat food and litter at local businesses, which we really appreciated. They were available to us if we had any issues helping Rajah adjust, but luckily it was an easy (if long!) transition. Rajah has been a true blessing and these days he even loves having his belly pet. We strongly recommend MEOW to our friends.

Tom A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted both of our cats from MEOW.

The staff there clearly care deeply about the animals at the shelter.

They work hard to make sure you meet the cats who might fit what you're looking for, and they get visibly excited when you decide to commit to an adoption.

MEOW also make sure the cats in their care receive all of the vetinary care they need to be healthy before they are adopted. One of our cats has a heart defect, and her adoption paperwork included details of an expensive scan that had been done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They do an absolutely amazing job of rescuing cats and helping these kitties find forever homes. We've adopted kitties from them. We've volunteered with them. We've donated to them. We will continue our support of these amazing people who care so deeply for cats in need. Thank you for all you've done and continue to do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted from MEOW K9 twice. We had very positive experiences both times. The application process was designed to ensure a positive outcome for both the animal and the adopting family. After adoption, MEOW followed up to make sure all was going well. Even years later when we sought advice about a medical concern with our pet, they were there for us. I believe in the work they do and continue to support them even after our pets have passed away.

1 Caroline M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We foster for MEOW and are always confident that they will be placed in appropriate forever homes

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 1998 I visited Meow to find a buddy for my young (6 mo. old) kitten who was missing his greyhound who had recently died. Initially I wanted a young cat but was shown a handsome tuxedo boy, Mr. Riley O'Murphy, who had been taken in as a stray. He was just so gentle and loving, with the loudest purr(!), that I couldn't leave without him! The staff was so sweet about the adoption process and offered to waive fees because he was an adult (about 5 yrs. old), but I insisted on paying and have been a fan of Meow ever since! The two boys got along very well and became best buddies! Since then I've moved to Eastern WA and have been volunteering with our local cat rescue since 2007 fostering kittens for them, but I will always miss and remember my Mr. Riley as well as MEOW! Thank you MEOW for the wonderful work you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I got our 2 kittens there, 2 years ago. Everyone at MEOW that day was extremely helpful and supportive of our new furry family members. Our kitties are the love of our lives. I recommend MEOW to everyone I come across, who is interested in getting a cat.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love meow! We have adopted three wonderful cats from Meow over the years including a bonded pair last fall. Meow has always been super helpful during the adoption process. They really want to make sure each cat goes home with the perfect family. They gave us plenty of time to meet each cat so we could make an informed decision. I would recommend Meow to anyone who is looking to adopt!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW Cat Rescue has the highest standards for compassionate care of felines and humans alike whether you connect with the organization as a volunteer, someone adopting a cat or kitten or if you yourself are a cat or kitten in need of a loving and committed forever home. I'm consistently impressed by every aspect of this lean and effective group of hard working hands and hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Meow when I moved to the area and my cats escaped through a loose screen. They loaned me a humane trap and a spent almost an hour giving me advice on how to find my cats, and just being supportive and understanding. Now, I'm a volunteer, and am amazed at what they can and will do to help cats in need.

CatLadyBB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with MEOW Cat Rescue for over 10 years and have adopted 3 cats from them. The care MEOW puts into every single cat and kitten they rescue is phenomenal. It's obvious that MEOW believes there are no ugly cats and no cats with behavior problems that cannot be resolved. Every cat is treated like the royalty they believe they are.

MEOW treats its volunteers very well, too. I never leave the shelter without hearing at least one "Thank you!".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I starting volunteering at MEOW by accident. I noticed the shelter one day, and on a whim, I went in. My excuse to myself was that my one cat might like a cat friend. I was greeted by a friendly woman who showed me around the shelter so I could look at all the available cats. I don't know what made me ask her if I could volunteer, but I did. I started volunteering at MEOW the following week. It's been about 11 years now, and I've met lots of people. So many excellent friends who also volunteer. So many adopters who met the perfect cat. So many foster families who care for the so many kittens and moms. I think MEOW has some of the best volunteers anywhere on earth.

emmatremblay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered on-and-off for the past nine years, and it’s always been a wonderful experience. Whether I’ve been gone for college for months at a time or gone traveling, I’m always received with a warm welcome back. It’s easy to love working with MEOW because staff are such genuinely wonderful people doing great work together. I love it here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW is an incredible nonprofit, for volunteers and adopters alike. As a kennel attendant volunteer in the shelter, I was given a huge amount of trust and responsibility, and I learned so much about animal medicine, psychology, and overall health, it's made me reconsider my career path. I always had work to do, but I also always had someone else from the staff asking if there was any way they could help; I never felt rushed, I always knew someone I could ask questions, and I was doing everything from feeding the shelter to helping give shots. As a foster parent, I housed 20 cats and kittens over a period of 2 years, and the shelter's Cat Personality form made me certain that our babies were going to go to people who they would be compatible with, and who would love them the way we did.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my adult cat from MEOW, and you can tell that they truly care about making sure the cats and prospective owners are a good fit for each other. The facility is very clean and there are several rooms were more social cats can hang out together, so it's not just a row of cages. Everyone was very helpful and friendly, and I have recommended MEOW to many people.

1 Becky R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had to put my old cat to sleep, and needed a buddy for her 'sister. MEOW was very sympathetic and helped me find me and adopt Theodore. Theodore has made a positive addition to our family.
AND, while I was at the shelter, I met Pixie, a special needs kitty whom I will be fostering.
I have met wonderful people at volunteer events. Yesterday 2 ladies cried and hugged me because I'm fostering Pixie.
Mercer Eastside Orphans and Waifs is more than an organization - it is a community!

1 Alexandra A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I started fostering for MEOW when it was a tiny shelter on Mercer Island and I was a little kid. I've watched it grow into an amazing rescue. They have the biggest hearts and always do amazing things for their animals. Since we started fostering we have had dozens and dozens (probably close to or over 100) of cats and kittens. From medically fragile bottle babies to seniors we've done it all (dogs and puppies too). Each animals gets the best care and the team at MEOW will go above and beyond where most shelters will because they know no life is worth giving up on. The picture is of my current MEOW kittens. The picture doesn't do them justice. Rio (black) is 7 lbs and Hickory (tabby) is now 16lbs! I got Rio as a 3oz three week old with only a hope and a prayer of survival but MEOW never gave up and neither did we even as chronic health concerns arose. Whatever treatment he needed they made sure it happenes. Hickory has a deformed leg which makes him less adoptable and prone to health issues. Luckily neither are going anywhere as they are definitely foster fails!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with MEOW. Have seen firsthand the wonderful work MEOW does in the community. True advocates for cats and kittens and educating the public on being responsible pet owners. Love that MEOW is a small shelter with emphasis on ensuring the cats and kittens in their care get excellent care while they await forever homes. I continue to be honored to volunteer with MEOW.

1 Nancy181

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MEOW is an extremely high-quality, compassionate and efficient organization. I believe they are unique in the cat rescue world as they continue to focus on the individual cats that come to them rather than treating those cats like "merchandise". They are well respected in the world of Rescue and deservedly so; MEOW promotes a positive, respectful and caring attitude towards all living beings. They are a good role model for all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked in the rescue world as an independent rescuer for over 10 years, and in all that time I've never heard a bad word about MEOW. This organization has stayed true to their mission, and genuinely care about each and every individual cat. 3 years ago I was part of a group that formed the Community Cat Coalition, a group dedicated to promoting spay/neuter and assistance for the community cats, as well as help for the people who care for these cats. MEOW joined us from day one, and has been very supportive. I simply appreciate they put their money where their mouth is - they truly care, and truly reach out to help whenever possible. - Nancy Wahl

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I foster kittens for a shelter in rural Tennessee. When a litter of 3 kittens turned up FeLV positive, I began contacting every rescue I could find that might take a positive kitty. None of them would give me the time of day. I got rejection after rejection with no offer of hope or help for the kittens. Finally, one evening, I received a call. It was from Bonne Vevea of MEOW Cat Rescue. She explained that they did not have room for my kitties, but discussed other options with me, something no other rescue had done. She suggested contacting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and encouraged me to do so even though I didn't think they would be able to help. I followed her advice and Best Friends accepted my 3 sweet kitties. Unfortunately, FeLV reared it's ugly head and all three passed before they could go to Best Friends.But, if not for Bonne Vevea and MEOW Cat Rescue, I would have had no hope for these kitties. Bonne and MEOW are the only ones who cared enough to reach out. Even though they could not take the kitties, they were willing to help me find a place. I will never forget that. MEOW Cat Rescue is quality. The people, the care is all quality. I wish I lived nearby so that I could be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a foster for a shelter in TN and had take in 3 kittens who turned out to be FeLV positive. After contacting dozens of rescues to try to place them, Bonnie at MEOW Cat Rescue was the only one who called me. MEOW could not take the kittens, but she gave me advice on placing them, made suggestions, and used her contacts. Because of her, they were placed at Best Friends. She gave me hope and helped me when she could have just turned me down. She showed real compassion and is truly there to help the animals. I have great respect for Bonnie and MEOW Cat Rescue. I wish I lived nearby so I could foster for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across MEOW Cat Rescue a couple of years ago when I was looking for an animal shelter to volunteer with. I had seen their information tents at a couple of local events and it had stuck in my mind. After reading their website and visiting the shelter, I decided to volunteer and support MEOW. All of the volunteers I encountered worked tirelessly and truly have a deep love for the animals. Every one of cats that came through those doors were cared for, loved, and cherished. Although I am no longer able to volunteer, I will continue to support MEOW through different means.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Meow for years and they helped me out when I needed to have a stray checked out for adoption....I get them fixed/shots and then see if they are tame enuf to re-home and these people are great for helping the rescue effort in WA State...we need to keep doing what we are doing for the cats in our community....until every stray cat has someone to love and feed them.