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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 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

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered kittens for MEOW Cat Rescue for 12 years. I am continually astounded by the cleanliness of the shelter, the love given to all of the shelter cats, the tireless and compassionate volunteers and the willingness to go the extra mile for the health of any and all individuals that are under the care of MEOW regardless of the cost of treatment. This shelter is full of amazing people led by Bonne who are passionate and dedicated to the lucky felines who find themselves there. Thank you MEOW!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at meow this past summer and I am extremely impressed with how well this shelter is operated. Everyone is so nice and helpful whenever I go in. I love the set up for the kitties and feel like they are all very well taken care of!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My elderly cats passed away and I have visited the MEOW Cat Rescue's shelter several times recently. The shelter is always clean and the cats appear healthy and well-cared for. The staff and volunteers I've encountered are always pleasant, smiling and appear to genuinely care for the kittens and cats in their care. Some of the cats are "seniors" or have special medical needs and they get to stay there as long as necessary until they find their new human(s). Some of the special needs cats have been taken in by MEOW from other shelters. I think that demonstrates their commitment to their cause! I will definitely adopt from them when done grieving my fur buddies.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MEOW is a great shelter! Almost every week, we get multiple compliments from our visitors about how well the cats are cared for, how happy they seem, and how clean the shelter is. This cat rescue and shelter is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. Their caring and dedication is obvious everywhere in the shelter and at off-site events, too. I've adopted 3 cats from MEOW. I can honestly say they are the lights of my life. I have learned so much from MEOW about how to care for cats.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our two darling kitties from MEOW about 3 months ago and it has been a wonderful experience. The staff are friendly and helpful. The shelter is clean and nice. There are little rooms for the cats to stretch and play. We really appreciated that each cat has a detailed health history and personality profile taking away the guess work in finding the perfect match. The staff and volunteers really care about about the cats and it shows.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a cat named Adonis from MEOW about 10 years ago. After living with him for a couple of days and finding him curled up under my neck every time I sat down, I renamed him Snugglebunnie, Bunnie for short. Now he is also Bun-Bun, Kitty Bun Bun, and Baby Bunnie. He gets along pretty well with his older "brother" and they frequently curl up together. Bunnie has been a non-stop joy who wants nothing more out of life than to be petted and cuddled. Anyone who thinks cats are distant and stand-offish have clearly never met mine. I will always go to MEOW when looking to add to my family. THey take the time to consider what you want and measure that against the cats (and dog) you already have to make sure you end up with a good fit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first MEOW kitty in 1997. When she passed last year, we came back to MEOW and found our next feline love! I love the organization so much that I started volunteering there shortly after. Now after our third cat adoption a few months ago, my husband has cut me off (for a while ;). The shelter is so clean and the cats are so well cared for, loved and socialized. They know the personality profiles of the cats and are able to make a great match with potential adoptees. And that support continues once you get your furry friend home - always there to answer any questions for your companions lifetime!

1 Nancy181

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked in the rescue world as an independent rescuer for over 10 years, and in all that time I've never heard a bad word about MEOW. This organization has stayed true to their mission, and genuinely care about each and every individual cat. 3 years ago I was part of a group that formed the Community Cat Coalition, a group dedicated to promoting spay/neuter and assistance for the community cats, as well as help for the people who care for these cats. MEOW joined us from day one, and has been very supportive. I simply appreciate they put their money where their mouth is - they truly care, and truly reach out to help whenever possible. - Nancy Wahl

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted Mr. Bean. He's a super cool dude! Folks were really thoughtful and obviously care deeply about their work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my perfect darling--a three-legged girl with FeLV--at MEOW almost five years ago, and I have occasionally volunteered with them over the years. They are a group of people of overwhelming compassion, professionalism, and goodness. Everyone there is genuinely invested in the well-being of their cats and in finding them quality homes. I have never been to a shelter that is kept in such good condition. Their commitment to caring for cats that many wouldn't consider adoptable (like mine) speaks to their conviction.

1 Dylan4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my two little furballs from MEOW over 9 years ago, and the experience was great. They let me take as much time as i needed to find the cats that fit what i was looking for, and the staff was wonderful. I run a bag of food over about once a year still because i love this team!

1 Channa N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our kitten from Meow! They were so friendly, professional and took such good care of our little girl before she became ours. The time they took to pair us up with the right kitten was a blessing, we couldn't be happier!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have not personally adopted from Meow Cat Rescue, I am a regular donor and supporter. They are a compassionate organization whose care for their felines of all ages and circumstances, goes beyond the call of duty. The success stories of survival, fostering and adoption continue to inspire all animal lovers. They have my allegiance and are a superlative example of the ideal no-kill shelter.