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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think MEOW is an amazing non profit shelter. I have only been volunteering there now for about 6 months, but my family has been a part of MEOW for awhile. All of our current cats, ranging from ages 3 to about 8 have all been adopted from there, as well as, family friends of our have been fosters for them for some time now.
I appreciate everything MEOW does, in the sense that they truly love what they do, helping the cats and dogs of the area find homes, but also helping the people of the community find good fits. All of the cats that come through the shelter are, of course, wonderful, no matter the personality. I love what they are doing and what they continue to do and I love helping out in whatever way I am able to.

2 Elena13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization when I starting looking for a canine companion for my Shar-Pei. I adopted Sampson from the canine side of this organization. They were very through before they would adopt out this special boy...Including a home visit to ensure he would be safe. Years later, when Sampson crossed the rainbow bridge, I didn't hesitate to contact them again to adopt my next fur child. And that is also whe I became interested in fostering the homeless fur kids until they could find their forever homes.
None of the dogs that are adopted from the canine side are housed in shelters...They are all fostered in family homes where their personalities, behaviors and temperaments are evaluated in a real situation and we are able to place the right dogs in the right homes.
All dogs are vet checked and any problems corrected prior to going to their forever home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW does a great job of matching adopters to pets

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Leo, from MEOW in January. The adoption counselors and other volunteers at MEOW were all wonderful! The shelter is clean and smells good. The cats are all comfortable, and as a no-kill shelter, the cats have all the time they need to find their ideal home! They followed up with me to see how things were going with the new cat. They offered plenty of helpful advice regarding integrating Leo into my existing multi-cat home. All around, they provide a very positive atmosphere for both the cats and the public.

2 Bettie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing group of passionate people. Kept reading the posts about their animals and got my first rescue from them. It was an amazing experience and we love our new child, Murphy Brown. I highly recommend this group.

1 Sarah256

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. They do so much for these animals. I have adopted many dogs from this rescue. They truly care about the dogs and making sure that they have the perfect happy ending! Kelly is the best!!

1 Kyle29

Donor

Rating: 5

These are some of the best folks on the entire planet and their network of caring foster volunteers is incredible.

2 Deborah119

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

May I say that it is so heartwarming to see what Meow Cat rescue (k9 division) shows me day in and day out what can be done to save the lives of voiceless animals. I'm truly amazed at the effort, compassion, commitment, love, and the organizing of travel and medical appointments for those in need. I see first hand on what these rescuers and volunteers do to correct horrific wrongs that are done to animals. With so much abuse ,neglect, and barbaric acts towards animals I say thank you and God bless you for all that you do to give these animals care, love, respect , a new life and forever homes. I bow down to all associated with Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs . Paws up on so many levels !!!!!!! Wag on

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from MEOW (canine division). Kelly, our contact, was exceptionally timely in responding to our inquiry, prompt in communicating with us throughout the process, and seemed to have a very experienced, intuitive grasp of matching dogs and families. The dog we adopted had been very well cared for once rescued from a South Korean city pound, and we got excellent advice about how to make her transition to our home smooth. Kelly went above and beyond in counseling us, weeks after the adoption, when our vet got confused about our dog's medical history. I would recommend MEOW to anyone looking to rescue a pet, and I would recommend MEOW to anyone who wants to donate money toward animal welfare. They are a small, nimble organization that really cares about the work that they do.

1 Tami14

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEOW cat rescue is a wonderful group of people who care for the cats at their business. They make sure the people that adopt from them are prepared for the life with a cat of kitten. I personally have two adorable kitties from them. They are also the 1st nonprofit when I have extra money to donate.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this shelter!! My husband and I foster kittens for them and over the course of the last 3 years have ended up keeping 2 and also adopted an adult cat. Their staff is so helpful and truly match people with the right cat. I highly recommend MEOW!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our big boy Conan in 2003 (formerly "Ripley"). I was originally attracted to other cats in the shelter, but the volunteer I spoke with steered me towards a cat that she felt was a better fit. She did a superb job of considering our boys needs and matched him with the right household. He was a handful at times but brought us many years of joy. Sadly we lost him to cancer a few weeks ago. Because I had such a great experience with this shelter when I adopted Conan, we will be back to Meow to search for another boy to rescue. What impresses me most about this shelter is that they are more interested in finding the right home for their kitties, rather than just getting them out of the shelter.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before moving to Idaho, I was a foster mom for MEOW for 10 years. Kittens from this organization are loved and spoiled from day one. The staff at MEOW is always ready to help with questions from the foster parents. They assist with medical problems, call when it is time for shots and worming. You never feel alone. If a kitten needs medical attention, they have vets lined up to help out. When it is time to bring your little wards in for spay/neuter and adoption, they are there to support you as you reliquesh your charges to their forever homes. I felt loved and appreciated always. I knew my babies I fostered were going to their forever homes and would continue to be loved and spoiled. This is the best organization I have ever encountered and would not hesitate in adopting from them. They ROCK!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted two wonderful kitties from MEOW and the staff was very helpful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our fifth cat from MEOW, the first having been adopted in 1997 from the original Mercer Island location. All the adoption experiences were amazing. The staff gave us time to meet and get to know several cats, helped us figure out which cats had personalities that were likely to fit our family, and were not the least bit impatient on one occasion when my husband spent two hours looking like he was going to adopt Gunther and Max (but then changed his mind at the last minute to choose Kitten #3 and Kitten #5. The shelter is clean, the foster homes are amazing, and the cats are so well cared for. It's a wonderful organization with astounding volunteers and decades of consistent service to both animals and humans.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my tabby Neville from MEOW and not long after that started volunteering as a kennel attendant. Both experiences were and have been top-notch. The adoption counselor who helped me with Neville, Jerry, was very sweet and helpful, as are all the other counselors I've met since. The volunteer work has been fulfilling, and it's just great to work with other people who stay far longer than their shifts technically ask for (shout out to Dwight and Linda!). Not to mention all the unseen work that foster parents put into keeping their cats healthy and happy. These past couple of weeks alone have really opened my eyes to the kind of conditions some of these litters of kittens are in before MEOW takes them in: a million types of parasitic infestations, severe malnutrition (ribs sticking a mile out), etc. We take them in, treat them, feed them, send them to foster parents for extra TLC, and before you know it, they're healthy and ready to be adopted.

In short, I have nothing but praise for MEOW.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW is a wonderful shelter. I moved to the area three years ago, after recently losing my cat, and was not prepared to get another, but wanted to get my fix and help people-less cats find their homes. After researching shelters online, I applied to MEOW as a volunteer. What I saw and continue to see is a no-kill shelter that truly cares for the cats they encounter. All cats are treated well and receive tons of love. Their medical issues are addressed, and a great amount of work goes into making sure they are a good fit with their adopters. The staff and volunteers are very close and I have developed friendships with many of them. The evidence of their high quality is that I plan to be involved even when I lack the time, because I truly believe in their mission and the way they carry it out.

2 Laurie64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Meow when I needed to help an abandoned cat. They were so nice and helpful that I adopted my next cats from them. When I retired I became a volunteer. I can vouch for the high level of care each cat gets here. There is no ther shelter like it.

1 Jean51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with MEOW for six months and I'm really impressed with this organization. The kindness, dedication, and responsiveness of the staff is truly remarkable.

2 Jennifer378

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our kitty died I went to Meow Cat Shelter to adopt another one. Once I was there I met the staff, filled out personality forms and played with several cats I had seen online. I met with an adoption counselor and told her what I wanted (old, homely and unadoptable)... she looked at my paperwork and said "No, this is what you need" (Energetic, playful and friendly). At first I pouted, then took her advice... boy was she right. I ended up getting a 1 year old to play with my 2 year old (who was currently terrorizing my senior cats). They are spot on with the personality tests, I would love to see other shelters use this system

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with MEOW for a number of years and have also adopted several MEOW cats. This is one of the best shelters I have every encountered: very organized, clean, and the cats all get incredible, compassionate care. I would not hesitate to recommend MEOW to anyone looking to adopt or to spend some very gratifying time working as a volunteer.