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King Street Cats

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We are proud to be the only cat-exclusive, free-roaming, no-kill orphanage in Alexandria, Va. We have no paid staff and rely solely on private donations. KSC has been in operation since 2003, and was previously known as The Albert Foundation for many years before becoming King Street Cats. Our mission is to provide a safe haven until forever homes can be found for the cats and kittens in our care, and to educate and assist the community in regard to cat welfare. We accomplish this through outreach to the local community by providing information on proper cat care, behavioral problems, and medical issues involving cats. We also assist local residents in locating and retrieving lost cats, and assist individuals through the cat adoption process. We promote spaying and neutering and all our cats and kittens are sterilized and fully up-to-date on vaccinations prior to adoption. We also provide post-adoption support for adopters and anyone else that needs cat care advice. Because we only work in the area of cat welfare .... we know cats!

Results: On average we help rescue, provide safe haven and find forever homes for over 300 cats and kittens each year.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 325 cats and kittens that were abandoned outdoors or in empty homes, from area animal shelters, or from families who could no longer care for them.

Geographic areas served: DC/Alexandria metropolitan area

Programs: We have a Pet Food Pantry program for local residents who need help feeding their cats. In this way, we can help keep cats in their homes and with their families.

Community Stories

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emily155

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was adopting my first cat in my adult life, so I was understandably very nervous. The volunteers took their time answering my endless questions, assuaging my fears, and helping me decide what traits were most important for me in selecting my companion. Then they allowed me to come back every weekend for nearly two months as I spent time getting to know the cats as I came to my decision. I had been to other shelters that were (understandably) desperate to adopt out their cats, making me feel pressured to take home a cat I was unsure about. Because King Street Cats is a no-kill shelter, they can take the time to ensure the perfect fit between cat and owner. Their patience and understanding is unmatched by any other adoption center in the area. I adopted my three-legged boy, Knox, in August and the two of us couldn't be happier!

Anita59

Donor

Rating: 5

Top notch rescue run by a team passionate about cat welfare! Professional, dedicated staff and volunteers ensure furbabies are well cared for and socialized then make perfect matches for forever homes. King Street Cats -- the best of the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thankful to King Street Cats for taking into their care a beautiful calico rescued from a long standing, large colony of community cats. KSC took a chance on this shy girl who was bonded to her foster but difficult to show to prospective adopters. Because KSC has so many daily volunteers at their No kill shelter, shy cats receive a lot of love and attention making them infinitely more adoptable. This lucky girl found her forever home two months after arriving at KSC. This rescue goes the distance for cats who need extra vet care, love and attention.

Laura87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered with King Street Cats for 7 years. For several years, we helped in the Cat Room with cleaning and feeding. For the past few years, we have fostered kittens every summer. You will not find a more devoted group of volunteers anywhere. The leadership is excellent and cats are well-cared for and loved. KSC has partnered with several area veterinary clinics so the cats receive excellent medical care. If you are looking to adopt a cat or to volunteer, you should visit KSC today!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been volunteering at KSC for over 3 years, and I am continually impressed by the dedication, enthusiasm and energy of the volunteer corps. Someone is always willing and ready to step up to feed the cats, clean the catroom, staff adoption events, transport cats to the vet, foster cats, and so much more. It is such a positive and uplifting experience to help these cats and to work with such dedicated people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If we won the lottery, we've always said that we'd give the first batch of money to King Street Cats (KSC) as the first charitable cause. ..Actually scratch that.

We already won the lottery when we adopted Gino and Mia from their cat shelter. They were formerly known as the wine kitties, Chablis and Chardonnay, and we met them on a fateful day in 2009.

We were aware from a work colleague, of the amazing work that King Street Cats do in saving the lives of cats in the Alexandria area. She volunteered at the shelter, just like several others who work for nothing do; tending to the cats on a daily basis.

We sometimes visited KSC if we were passing by; just to pet the cats and show them some love for an afternoon, dropping the occasional bit of cash in their jar, or buying some cat food for them. Again, the KSC volunteers do that on a regular basis.

One day while visiting, one of the gray kitties jumped on my wife’s shoulder and starting purring. She said to me, “I don’t care what happens, we’re taking this one”. And so it was, that Gino claimed her as her own, swiftly followed by my own declaration of love for what seemed to be the prettiest cat in the world – Mia, even though she was feeling poorly after an operation (performed at the personal cost of KSC).

Mia tried to hide under a sink from the other cats, but I stroked her and as she was the sister of Gino, I knew I just had to have her.

We renamed them Gino, after Ginola (who was a French international soccer player with gray hair, and Mia was named after the famous women’s soccer player, Mia Hamm), as both of our kitties chased the soccer ball on the TV, whenever it was on!

We have made trips back to KSC and always seen the incredible work they do, and I get the Facebook updates which show the adoption of the cats to new family homes. Their love and support for the cats is incredible, and if I had one wish for a lottery win (and I have spoken of this on many an occasion), I would pay for KSC to relocate to a bigger premises. If there was grant money, I would love to see this happen, so the cats could enjoy more spaces in which to play, before they eventually get adopted.
Please consider this when awarding grant money – for they are a noble cause.
Carl and Susan Hodkin

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Years ago, I fostered a couple lovely cats from this organization. It was the first time I had taken on this type of responsibility but their communication and positive attitudes made it an easy experience. Eventually, I adopted a cat from them. I had seen her on PetFinder and was coincidentally at King Street Cats!
I've since moved so volunteer with a different cat rescue group, but King Street Cats started this fulfilling journey.

Lynne46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering here. Everyone is very dedicated to the welfare of the kitties and to finding them the best forever home.

Chris238

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister and brother in law adopted two little cats from this shelter I wouldn't adopt from,anywhere except this shelter

1 Dave80

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

King Street Cats has the ideal environment to get to know a cat before you adopt. The cats are chillin' in a nice big room. I have fostered cats through other groups that were nice cats, but did terribly in a cage at an adoption fair. This group is a model for adoption groups around the country. Please support their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It amazes me that KSC remains all-volunteer, and yet manages to rescue and find homes for more than 300 cats each year. Many cats are senior, shy or otherwise considered "hard-to-adopt." KSC goes to extraordinary lengths to get cats the veterinary care they need, raising the money for surgery and visits to specialists when necessary. KSC's dedicated volunteers spend many, many hours caring for these cats and make sure they find "forever homes," not "just until." And, I know that 100% of my donations go to the care of the cats!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KSC volunteers, particularly those at the Shelter in Alexandria, have the unique ability to help cats who are initally shy and perhaps difficult to place for adoption and socialize them so they are able to find forever homes. Two cats that I was fostering for another group, Gretchen and Gidget, had been in foster care with me for a long time. Beautiful long haired dilute torties, the girls had warmed up to me but were very fearful of strangers. KSC accepted them into their program and the girls blossomed under the care of the volunteers who come into the shelter and went on to find a permanent home together. Truly amazing considering that they had lived outside for eight months before they were rescued.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted one of the sweetest cats I've ever met from King Street Cats in January 2012. Her name is Winky and she's blind in one eye and was flown to the U.S. mainland from the island of St. Croix through a partnership KSC has with an animal welfare organization in St. Croix. My husband and I still comment on all of the effort KSC went through to bring Winky into our lives via this program. KSC's adoption counselors recommended the perfect cat for us and our other cat who was 9 years old at the time we adopted her (and had always been an only cat). Just yesterday, we saw them sleeping right next to each other on the couch; we still can't believe they get along so well. I have now been volunteering at KSC for the past year to help others also find amazing cats like Winky! It is such a rewarding experience to volunteer at such a dedicated organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a cat from King Street Cats over a year ago and we were impressed with the entire adoption process. The process begins with a detailed application and vetting process that was very helpful because when we arrived at the shelter, KSC had picked out a few possible "matches" for us based on our profile and application. The cat we ended up adopting was one of the cats they had picked for us, which shows that they really pay individual attention to each family and genuinely want to match each cat up with people who will be the best fit for both the cat and the people. Since adopting our cat, we have been to several fundraising events and I am pleasantly surprised that people still remember our cat and ask how she is doing. I can honestly say that I have never experienced a more hands-on and truly dedicated shelter as KSC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful group of people who care for such a great group of cats! From being incredibly responsive in emails with foster/adoption coordination to keeping kittens and cats happy and healthy, we LOVE king street cats!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had known of KSC for years and choose them over all the other shelters when it was time again to adopt. The volunteers are beyond amazing : loving, caring and dedicated to the felines that come in~ day and night ! I volunteer and get donation boxes for them picked up, bring food and litter and can't say enough positive about this incredible organization ! Love speeding the word about them to others too ! Highest rating !!

1 kalibri.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing amazing work! They are really going over and beyond to try to find the right puuuurson for a cat. They have all the background info on the cats if available and make it hard not to fall in love with those sweet little guys! We've donated money in the past to support the cause and we'll do it again! Cats need more supporters out there like this organization!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best place in and around DC to adopt a cat. King Street Cats take their job serious. They really want to find the best fit for the cats. They are the kindest people and really care about their cats!

1 Susan Davis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not seen better dedication and kindess anywhere. These people are well organized to clean,feed, care for these babys, and show them in public to,increase interest in adoptions. And every dime goes into the needs of the cats. There are no paid employees! Love King Street cats! And they took care of my cat 10 years ago when it was found...and got it the care it needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

KSc is a very compassionate organiztion, with top notch volunteers. In fact is all volunteer! We adopted our kitty from them 4 yrars ago. It apwas an excellent experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for KSC for over 5 years now, and am still excited to help by adoption counseling at their shelter on weekends, and maintaining photo albums on the KSC website. The board and other volunteers are utterly devoted to the welfare of the cats, and wonderful people to work with - those who match the right cat(s) with the right families, those who foster cats and kittens, and those who do such a great job feeding and cleaning each day! I encourage anyone thinking about adopting a cat (or two!), to visit our wonderful no kill, free roaming shelter full of lovely, sweet felines...and thank those who adopt from, foster for, and support this terrific organization financially and/or through service.

1 Janet V.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Putting on my Cat Behavior Consultant hat, I want to salute King Street Cats for being a learning organization -- one that continues to review its processes and procedures, making changes to improve the lives of all the cats and kittens it touches. These folks are truly passionate about cats, and go to great lengths to save as many as they can.

Changing to my adopter hat, I want to thank KSC for allowing us to adopt the amazing, cool-as-a cucumber cat named Betsey. Bets came into a home with four dogs and three other cats and never batted an eyelash. She's a diplomat, a comfort providing cat, a friend to all our doggies, and a true comedienne. We'll never be able to thank KSC enough for helping us adopt a beloved member of our family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a certified animal behavior consultant. King Street Cats has invited me to present information to their volunteers multiple times. I appreciate the dedication of the volunteers, and their eagerness to learn more about the science of feline behavior. The volunteers work hard to provide enrichment for the cats in their care, in addition to giving loving care to all of them. I am very impressed with KSC and their desire to continue to improve their processes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my 15 year old cat and was devastated. I had so much love in my heart -- and there was also an emptiness. My sister (and many others) suggested I adopt a rescue kitten. I went several places, but when I looked at the cats on this site my heart felt a tug. I met with them this week and they suggested I adopt two little siblings (5 months old). They had had a horrible start to life and KSC had come to the rescue. They were being "fostered" by a wonderful person who obviously cared for them so much. The minute I laid eyes on this little brother and sister, I was smitten. That very evening, they came into my home and began playing. They slept beside me that first night. It has been less than a week, but these adorable kittens have already secured my love for the rest of their lives. That foster mother did a wonderful job with these two -- they know love and security. I am so very grateful that I will do anything and everything I can to help this amazing group, KSC, with donations and my support. What a great job they do for these cats - young and old. If you are looking for a feline to be part of your family, you should definitely come to KSC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We come to King Street Cats all the way from Australia each year because it is such a wonderful non-profit where the cats benefit from the incredible work of the people involved. We brought college students with us the last two years on a field trip and they were amazed by how happy the cats are to know they have a life haven like King Street.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We discovered KSC last summer and were immediately impressed by their staff and their ability to care for so many cats. They are a wonderful organization full of caring, dedicated, and professional volunteers. During the last Combined Federal Campaign, I added them to my CFC list for donations. When we were ready to adopt a cat this winter, KSC was the obvious choice to find a cat to fit our home. We found a lovely lady that was 8 years old that we wanted to take home. KSC let us make multiple visits with the cats to make sure our pick was indeed a good fit for our home. They took time to vet us to ensure cats were going to good homes. We've had our sweet girl home for almost 4 months now thanks to KSC!

1 Karen256

Volunteer

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is a lifesaving organization for cats who are abandoned, found on the street, hit by cars, etc. My husband and I fostered four kittens for them last year, and it was an amazing experience. KSC made it incredibly easy - supplying us with food, litter, and paying for the vet when we had to take them. They then took pains to find homes for those awesome kittens - in pairs. That was awesome because they were all so close.

2 Lissa E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer for King Street Cats. Now that I have retired, It is my privilege to spend time doing something that is truly important both to cats that enrich so many people's lives and to myself. My hours spent caring for the shelter's cats, raising funds to support the veterinary and supply expenses of the cats and fostering kittens and cats are perhaps more meaningful than decades of my employment life all of which were in charitable organizations. King Street Cats is a no kill shelter that is entirely volunteer staffed. It does not, because it cannot, save every cat in the world or in Alexandria. It does, however, save as many cats, as it can, regardless of cost. Those cats in turn can and do benefit in so many ways the people and families who are fortunate in adopting them. King Street Cats is an organization that is worthy of your support.
Lissa Elliott

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have known and donated to King Street Cats since they were actually located on King Street and Chester was their front-door "spokescat". We have not yet adopted from King Street because we have 3 older cats but sadly the day will come and then we will certainly go there first. King Street Cats does a wonderful job every year saving cat lives and bringing joy to so many new families, they are an essential safety net in our community!

1 Melissa183

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've yet to have the pleasure of adopting from King Street Cats, but in my eyes they are every stray or abandoned cat's heroes. In 2011 a sweet, handsome kitty was abandoned in my neighborhood. I would've kept him, but he was not other animal friendly at the time & I have 3 animals already. I called so many rescues to only be told no then asked for money. I felt awful, because there seemed like little help out there to save the kitty. Until I was turned on to King Street Cats. They never asked for money & took the kitty in. I was so happy & grateful that I've donated when I can to them. They were amazing. I know this is one story of one little kitty, but I will never forget what they did (and said kitty has been adopted) & how they stepped in when no one else would. Great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is a lovely facility that really cares about what's best for their cats. We were so impressed that so many of the cats had free roam: it really seems like such a lovely environment for the cats. The cats we adopted were really healthy: we took them to the vet and there were no problems.
I also really appreciated that King Street Cats tries to keep bonded cats together. Having had a single cat in the past, and now having two bonded brothers, I can tell that it's really best for these little guys to have feline companionship!

3 Kirstin Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is a wonderful, warm and caring no-kill cat shelter. The facilities are clean and the cats are very well cared for. They are also socialized with human friends so that they are ready to go to their forever home as soon as they are matched with their perfect human companion. We adopted our sweet kitty, BimBim, from King Street Cats. We are so grateful that they took him in when he was sick and made sure he had the best veterinary care. BimBim was well cared for and in great shape when we adopted and brought him home. He adapted quickly to our family and to our other cats. We have now begun volunteering our time once a month on Family Volunteer Day. It is nice to be able to personally give time and talent to such a wonderful cat shelter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a cat pass away in Spring 2013 and I knew I would need a buddy for my remaining cat. I decided to go to KSC because they seemed to have a good understanding of the cats in their care and I felt that they would be able to match me with the right fit for my remaining cat. Even though I had already picked out a few possibilites from their website, they introduced me to several cats and let me play with them for a few hours during my visit. They pointed out one cat that I hadn't noticed on the website, who was a happy, playful boy. After talking further with Vicky, KSC's president, I decided that this cat was the one for me and brought Marius home the next weekend. Marius was rescued from a kill shelter in VA, along with other cats he had been surrendered with. KSC really did save his life, and I'm glad to have such a wonderful companion now. KSC did an excellent job caring for him while he was at their shelter and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends or to adopt from them again in the future should I need or want to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago we wanted to adopt a sweet red Persian boy..The folks at KSC told us he was ill , not sure of diagnosis etc but they let us have him as we assured them we wanted him and would care for him..We brought him home and to the vet where PKD was confirmed..We only had him for 2 weeks before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but he was such a very special cat from a very special place..KSC volunteers kept in touch with us thru his stay with us..We were very impressed with those folks whom we'd met, friendly, informative and honest..The area was spotless and they obviously loved the cats. KSC is the only "charity" we donate to when we can..They are an awesome organization..Would volunteer if we still lived in VA.. The Wessner's St. Pete ,Florida

1 Tracy60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

King Street Cats is a truly wonderful non-profit. They really work at matching kitties with the right pet parent . They havea wonderful group of volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer once a month at KSC and am blown away by the dedication of the volunteer staff. The volunteers know the kitties so well and give them amazing care. One occupational hazard of volunteering there is that I added a new cat to my household :) Having most of the cats roaming freely in the facility gives potential adopters a great opportunity to interact with the cats and find the best fit for the cat and the family.

1 stepcoop

Client Served

Rating: 5

KSC is an awesome place to find a cat. When my sister in law showed my wife a cat at KSC, she fell in love with it. Needless to say, she (the cat) has now been with us for over a year and is very much enjoying her new home with her brothers (2 cats) - although she would probably tell you otherwise. If you ever get the chance - go by KSC and see it in person, it is great what all the volunteers do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a cat from King Street Cats - a no-kill shelter just for cats. The cats can freely roam and are not locked in cages 24/7. We can't say enough about the compassionate care cats receive at this shelter.

1 Holly40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for King Street Cats. I'm amazed at what great care this group provides to so many cats in need with a completely volunteer staff. They are one of the few no kill shelters in the area and rescue from other groups when cats' time has run out. They do everything to make sure the cats are well socialized and end up with the right family. I'm so glad this group exists and that I can help in even a small way.

1 Lou_2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister asked me to "like" this page on FB to support and learn more about this wonderful organization. We are from a family of cat rescuers, and we are blown away by the great work they do. King Street Cats rocks!