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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".

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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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!

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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 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!

1 Laura086

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.

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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.

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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

1 Michelle355

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful nonprofit that serves the homeless kitties in our community. They do great work to educate local families about the importance of sterilization in cats and are truly dedicated to the animals in their care. I adopted my sweet Gigi from Meow and she is my everything!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love MEOW for many reasons. The volunteers are terrific and every single person exhibits such love for every animal. The entire facility is sparkling and doesn't even have an odor. I like to visit to see the animals, and one day, when I travel less, this will be the place where I'll find an older, loving cat. In the meantime, fostering kittens until they can be adopted is such fun, and MEOW counsels me every step of the way.

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.

Suzanne33

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was adopted by a wonderful cat from MEOW almost 4 years ago and we've been very happy. MEOW is an amazing organization that I continue to support. They take great care of the cats and kittens that come through their doors. Their facility is top notch. They also take great care of the humans that come to meet the cats, hoping to find a new family member. I referred two of my friends to MEOW when they were ready to adopt and they also had great experiences.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned of MEOW a few years ago from a friend who volunteers there. On two separate occasions I have directed friends to them when they were looking to adopt a cat. When the time came to add a new member to our family, I knew just where I would go. From reviewing the available cats on their website and reading their bios to the fateful visit, MEOW really shows how much they care for their charges and the potential adopters. It is very important to them that they make a good match. The personality tests for both cats and humans were very helpful in identifying potential matches. And they don't disappear the moment you walk out the door with your new friend. There are follow-up surveys (and phone calls if you would like) to make sure that everything is working out. Have a question? Give 'em a call. MEOW understands the commitment of adopting a pet and they want to make sure that everyone is happy.