I am a new volunteer to MEOW, serving as a foster family for kittens who are too young to adopt out. I love this program! Raising abandoned kittens in a home environment helps them become healthier, happier, more adoptable pets. While caring for a whole litter is a lot of work, it is also wonderful fun and it feels great knowing that I'm making a difference for these cats and their future families. MEOW has great systems in place to make sure I have what I need and know what i need to do. I also trust that they will take good care of the cats and will find them loving homes, so I can feel good about giving the little ones back when they are ready.
We adopted two kittens from MEOW years ago--I really like their approach with both their cats and the people they serve. Since then, I've often donated both cash and things to them because I think they are by far one of the best rescue organizations around. Their facility is incredibly clean, their volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable, their cats and kittens are well loved and well socialized, and they work hard to make good matches to result in great forever homes.
I found an excellent match for my household through MEOW Rescue when my household needed a 2nd cat. The love and patience this rescue gives to the animals in their care is impressive. When it is time to adopt new feline members of my family, MEOW is going to be near the top of the list. Marbles has been a source of humor and awww's for the 13 years we have been family. Keep it up MEOW!
I have volunteered all of my life, for many different types of organizations, and MEOW has been the most rewarding experience. This is a very well run shelter, where the needs of the cats always come first. The leadership is very fiscally responsible, while ensuring that the cats in their care get everything they need. There are only a handful of paid staff, two full-time and four to five part-time. MEOW has a very dedicated group of volunteers who serve in many different capacities to help keep the shelter running well. MEOW is a bright happy place to spend time. The shelter is kept very clean and the cats are well cared for. There are many different opportunities for volunteers and MEOW does a really good job of utilizing the talents of their volunteers. If you are looking for a place to volunteer and you enjoy cats, you really should visit the shelter - you will pleasantly surprised. And if you are looking for a place to donate money or materials, there are few organizations that will put your donations to better use than MEOW.
MEOW Cat Rescue is a little gem of a shelter located in the Houghton area of Kirkland across the parking lot from PCC Natural Market. Once you step inside, you know you've discovered a very special place. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the cats are obviously very happy and well cared for. It is clean and very well organized. Some of the wonderful features are:
• Two wonderful free-roaming rooms are brightened by big windows and large window sills for the cats to lounge on (and the sills are always occupied!). Cat trees, climbers and scratchers abound as well as cozy beds. The rooms are cheerful, clean and happy - kind of like Disneyland for cats!
• Two 'Meet & Greet' rooms are used to introduce prospective adopters and cats/kittens. These rooms are cozy and give everyone room to stretch out and get to know each other. MEOW recognizes that some one-on-one time is essential in making that very important adoption decision.
• Each cat over the age of 9 months has a 'personality profile' which is a scientific evaluation process developed by the ASPCA. The 'Meet Your Match' program assesses how cats act in a shelter environment, which can predict how they might act initially in a home, how quickly they may adjust as well as some basic personality traits to expect. This assessment is based on a cat's behavior and level of interest in play, exploration, 'talking', and being the center of attention. Based on this evaluation, each cat is given one of nine distinct feline personality assignments ("feline-ality") and can then be paired with adopters whose personality and lifestyle fit the cat best. Some of the feline-alities are Love Bug, Leader of the Band, Secret Admirer and Party Animal. Research shows that good matches help make strong bonds and bonding is the key to successful adoptions.
• The volunteers and staff are very knowledgeale, helpful and friendly. They are well-trained and it is obvious that they love what they do. There is a genuine concern for the cats/kittens and placing them in the best home(s) possible.
• All cats/kittens are spayed/neutered, microchipped, receive a series of vaccines and dewormings and are tested for feline aids (FIV) and feline leukemia (FeLV). They are treated for parasites, both internal and external if necessary. They trim their nails and check their ears. These felines really get the spa treatment! They also leave the shelter with a free 'Well Kitty Exam' voucher which can be redeemed at most King County vet offices.
• Foster homes! MEOW has about 75 active foster homes. Because of the volume of cats/kittens that they help, MEOW can't house them all. Most kittens and some cats spend time in a loving and safe foster home until they are ready to make their journey to the shelter. The foster homes love what they do and are the reason that MEOW is able to help so many animals in need. They provide nutritious food, a safe environment and lots of love. This produces healthy, happy and social kittens!
• Although the name, MEOW Cat Rescue implies cats and kittens, MEOW also has a dog division! MEOW's K9 Division serves as breed rescue to Chinese Shar Pei for all of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. They also rescue Great Danes, hairless breeds and all other dogs as space permits. Because of the size of the shelter, all dogs are in foster homes.
The next time you have a little time on your hands or if you're interested in adopting, MEOW is a good place to start. Adoption fees are very reasonable and help to defray the cost of care for the animals. Adopting a pet is actually much less expensive than getting a 'free' pet when you consider the cost of services already provided to the animal.
There are hundreds of reasons to adopt a shelter pet - and each and every one of them has a name. MEOW's motto: All nine lives are precious.
As the proud Mom of a formerly-homeless kitty (he rescued ME!), it warms my heart to see the good MEOW Cat Rescue does for cats & kittens in need. Getting to know them through facebook, learning about beautiful Mango and Winter, then seeing them in the MEOW Cat Calendar and vowing to never miss another one of their fantastic wall calendars as each cat and the care provided by MEOW is so inspiring. This year, each of the calendar cats is as wonderful as last year's, and Rumble and Paolo really stole my heart. Although I am unable to donate as much as they deserve, I do make sure my furry son does his share by donating toys to the cats & kittens, and items to be auctioned to raise funds for MEOW. The volunteers at MEOW (shout out to Ninja's favorite, Miss Nydia!) truly care and I am confident that they are what make the difference for MEOW and all the kitties they encounter. It is my honor to speak up and say MEOW is a champion for these sweet creatures and your donation of goods or services or money will be put to good use and deeply appreciated.
At this shelter, each cat taken in receives a commitment for the rest of its life. Before adoption, health needs are identified and taken care of. This includes the usual: spay/neuter, vaccinations, treatment for parasites, testing for FIV/Felv, and micro-chipping. It also includes the unusual like dentals, surgeries, ultrasounds, etc., depending on the needs identified for each individual cat. After adoption, the adoption contract requires that any cat that can no longer be cared for is to be returned to MEOW to go through the process again and a new home is found. The shelter itself is extremely clean and cheerful; nothing like the old days of smelly, depressing animal areas here! Some adopters may not be right for this organization because there are rules for the safety of the cats.