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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 19,000 pets into loving homes. We currently are caring for more than 100 kittens and many senior and special needs cats in foster homes in addition to the approximately 80 cats and kittens in our shelter.

Programs: MEOW places approximately 1000 - 1500 animals into permanent homes each year. Adoption fees from $65 to $95 help defray the cost of care for the animals. Donations from interested individuals, organizations and business provide additional 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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We found MEOW six years ago while looking for a friend for our then one year old cat, Lucky. The shelter is such a welcoming place, staff and volunteers are kind and knowledgeable, and display an obvious joy and enthusiasm for the cats and kittens in their care. After adopting from MEOW, I decided I wanted to be part of this amazing organization, and volunteered to foster kittens. The staff was so helpful throughout, offering support and expertise at every turn. I can offer nothing but the highest praise for MEOW and the tireless work they do for our feline friends. They live their motto that all nine lives are precious.

Donor

Rating: 5

MEOW is a wonderful shelter staffed by people with gigantic hearts. I have adopted from them several times and am always amazed at the love and care they give the kitties. MEOW is my favorite non-profit, and I contribute to the monthly as a part of the Washington State Employees Combined Fund Drive. Very worthy of any support you can possibly offer!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work and care that MEOW does for the cats and community. Their foster program is outstanding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to MEOW about 12 years ago to adopt a pair of cats I'd seen on Petfinder. Not only did I add two wonderful cats to my family, but I was so impressed with the facility and with how well I was treated throughout the adoption process that I came back a couple of months later to volunteer. I've been volunteering with MEOW since 2005. I've made friends who are truly more like family, and having the opportunity to help our cats find a forever home with a good family has been a privilege and a blessing for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization. They really care about cats and do everything possible to ensure their welfare. I started as a foster mom for kittens more than a year ago. I was a little intimidated by the responsibilities but got all the support I needed through kitten illness and misbehavior. One litter pulled a panel out of the closet and disappeared into the walls of the house! A trap and some stinky tuna took care of the problem. All the kitten's veterinary needs were taken care of: the shots, the worming, the neutering, and a couple trips to the emergency vet. I can't say enough about their caring, competence, and experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering as a Foster Mom for kittens last Fall. Since then I have had four adorable groups of kittens to love and prepare for their forever homes. The staff at MEOW could not be more professional or helpful, even when I called really, really early in the morning worried about a sick kitten. They helped me with all kinds of challenges, from sick babies to teaching the really young kitties how to eat, to trapping escapees, to dealing with litterbox issues. What a great group of people to work with!

Client Served

Rating: 1

We had a horrible experience yesterday September 21, at Meow Cat Rescue. We came in on Srptember 20 about 4:30 and worked with a volunteer on our application. She had some questions but said we just needed an FIV test for our current cat prior to being able to adopt the cat we wanted. So I turned my schedule upside down to accommodate getting this test done for my cat since my three boys were so excited to adopt this cat. Our cat tested negative and did not have FIV. We were excited and went back to get the cat. Upon arrival we had a different volunteer help us. She proceeded to rereview the application. I said, why are we rereviewing the application we were told that the only thing we needed to do was the costly FIV test? She was like oh no, no it's not approved. She proceeded to grill me over the fact that we kept the cat litter in the garage. I told her I would not move the cat litter into the house that they would have to access it through the garage. She and her supervisor Marnie refused the application. It was absolutely devastating to my children. We got in the car and their were tears, hyperventilating, and uncontrolled sobs. It broke my heart! How unfair! I would have never returned a second day to get the cat if they had been honest in their application process. They said I only needed one further test, the FIV results. I was honest with them about the garage but they were not honest with me! Also, my kids overheard another adoption on the 21st of Septembet where the new owners cats would also have access to the garage and they got to adopt their cats but we didn't. Also, I called to speak with the director twice but haven't received a call back yet.

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MEOW 09/26/2016

We extend our deepest apologies for KISmith’s bad experience at MEOW Cat Rescue on September 21, 2016. MEOW adopts to indoor only homes. This family had the unfortunate experience of losing a cat due to access through the garage, where the litter box was kept. While they insisted that the remaining cat no longer tries to go outside, we did request that he be tested for FIV/FeLV before adopting a new cat into the home. The family complied. However, when they came back to adopt, it became clear that the litter box would not be moved indoors, so there would be no way to prevent another cat from bolting when the garage door opens, and potentially another loss. As for the kids’ overhearing discussion of another adoption in which the cats would have access to the garage, we were unable to identify such a case, but it is possible that such an adoption would be allowed, provided the garage was secure from access to the outdoors. Our Executive Director did return the call on the following day, and she reports that after extending our sincere apologies that our Adoption Counselor hadn’t identified and explained our differences sooner, they had a very cordial conversation. While we were unable to do an adoption into the Smith’s home unless they agreed to change the configuration of their garage/litterbox situation, we do sincerely apologize for the unhappy experience. We regret that the process had progressed so far before being denied due to the potential for outdoor access. Many other organizations have less strict indoor policies and we’re certain the Smiths will find a good match for their family and a friend for their remaining cat.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Samson (Gonzo) and Brill (Bruno) from MEOW 5 years ago. One of the neat things about MEOW is that they try to keep bonded pairs together. Samson (near my lap) and Brill (near my feet) love to be together. They sleep together and play together. I have another cat (in the background) and they get along with her, but I can definitely see the difference having "the twins". I appreciate the love and attention MEOW shows to their kitties and have stopped by the shelter on occasion with support. They are committed and loving and a real benefit to Kirkland. They jumped into situations that others would run from. They are a respected part of our community!

1 Kristine13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a companion for my cat 11 years ago when I decided to try looking at Meow since I had just moved to Kirkland. Usually it is very hard for me to go to shelters as the animals all are so scared and it breaks my heart to leave any of them. Meow is the only one I have ever gone to that the animals were so cared for and loved that they looked relaxed and happy. I had a wonderful lady who sat in a room full of cats in the visiting room with me and let me interact with them before finally giving me a recommendation on one little tabby with a manx tail that she thought would be perfect for me and my cat. Minnie got in my lap and settled down purring and I knew she was the one. I have recommended them to many people looking for pets since and every time I look at Minnie I am so grateful I went into their door and gave them a try. I donate to the shelter every year and hoping to be able to volunteer there when I retire. Love Meow

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a companion for my older male cat 10 years ago. We had recently lost his brother and he was very lonely. I went to Meow as I had recently moved to Kirkland and was so amazed. I have always gotten rescue cats and normally am in tears by the time I leave the shelters, didn't want to leave any cats behind . I know they all do there best to take great care of the animals and find them homes but it would break my heart to go. Meow was such a breath of fresh air! The cats all looked happy, they have play rooms where they get out and can interact with other cats and people. And that is where I found my Minnie. I was sitting on the floor and visiting all the cats and kittens and one of the wonderful people who work there pointed her out to me and said if she was looking for one, Minnie (then Patsy) was the one she would take. She came over and sat in my lap and the rest is history. I love her to death and she will always have a forever home with me.