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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

179 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cbrugman

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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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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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.

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

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.

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.