As a volunteer, I have first hand experience with the integrity of the organization, high quality of care given to the rescues, and true passion to the cause. I, myself, adopted my third furbaby from Fancy Cats and we could not be more thrilled with the addition of Wesley to our family! He was rescued as a stray from the VA Beach area; severely underweight with some respiratory problems. The extreme love and care he received from the Fancy Cats Team assured him a second lease on life. I had also received a follow-up e-mail roughly 2 months after his adoption. They cared enough to ensure that we were all doing well. The shelter that I adopted my other boys from did not do this. Adopt from Fancy Cats - we truly love what we do !
1. Wesley trying to sneak a bite out of Daddy's pancakes.
2. Making himself comfortable on the couch.
3. Playing with his younger brother.
4. All three of my boys together.
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I had a wonderful experience adopting my kitties! The interview is long but it's for a good reason! The team wants to make sure the cats will be a good fit for your home. I adopted two kitttens( Hope and Grace). They were both very shy when I brought them home but now they have really come out of their shells. They run all over my apartment and are so playful! Each day they grow more and more comfortable. I couldn't be happier with them :)
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We adopted our cat after months of searching. Everyone we dealt with was very friendly and helpful. The process was quick and painless and he has been an excellent addition to our family.
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I've been volunteering at one of their locations for about half a year now. I have volunteered for other organizations ranging from environmental, political, to another cat rescue (there I fostered kitties and eventually adopted one.) This has been my favorite group to help out! The organizers have a heck of a job keeping all the information up to date, making sure all shifts are covered, and communicating everything that everyone needs to be included on, but the goal of keeping the cats healthy, happy, and finding them the best fitting homes is always #1. A cat so much as sniffles and it's taken notice. I've only been at one location but if the rest are anything like this one, there's a lot of lucky cats in their care. :)
Fancy Cats has become so overwhelmed with taking in every animal that the care for the ones already rescued is suffering immensely. I was a volunteer and would never recommend working with them. Several who run the organization are rude, aggressive and clearly don't have the best interests of the cats in mind. Cage conditions are deplorable, cats do not visit the vet before being placed in a home or a center and if they don't get adopted quickly, can stay in a center (small cage) for months and months on end. As volunteers we do everything we can to make the cats experience the best it can be, but unfortunately when health concerns arise, the cats are the ones who suffer.
We adopted a cat through Fancy Cats over 1.5 years ago. We were told that the we should absolutely adopt "Patches" because she was an older kitten and very family friendly. We really wanted a younger kitten, but the foster home of this cat really pushed Patches on us. Fast forward 6 months, it got into a fight with our other cat. In hindsight, this was likely a ferrell cat.
Fast forward to May, and Patches had attacked our sweet daughter. I tried calling Fancy Cats that same day of the attack, but no one answered my call. So, rather than taking Patches to be immediately euthanized at my vet, I had my mother take Patches to the pound the very same day of the attack.
That was the last I heard until I got a letter from an attorney yesterday from Fancy Cats nearly 4 months later! I am now being threatened with a lawsuit for giving up a cat that I received under false pretenses to begin with. I am honestly appalled with this organization, and very upset. I should be suing them for falsely promising me a cat that was friendly! I would have never signed a contract and brought home this cat if Fancy Cats had been honest about the cat's behavior and personality to begin with!
Fancy Cats is a wonderful local organization making a difference far beyond our community. Many organizations look to FCRT as a leader in cat rescue. I've adopted from FCRT, I've volunteered, I've been Volunteer Coordinator, and I'm a donor and supporter.
I have been volunteering for FCRT since 2008 and I think they are a wonderful TRUE No-KILL rescue. They honestly care for the cats and try to do what is right for them. They stayed focused to their mission and do not discriminate. They are willing to take on the cats that other rescues wont and they amazingly find them true loving lifetime homes. They do not treat it as a business but as a responsibility to the community and all life. They always go ABOVE and BEYOND what would typically be done to ensure the cats stay happy healthy and loved. They have always taken back a cat even years down the road should the home not keep them. THEY CARE and this is why I continue to foster and volunteer with them.
I worked with Fancy Cats Rescue Team and found them to be very lacking in all the basics. Some of the volunteers were very cold and unfriendly, they did not make the experience pleasant at all. I would not recommend them to anyone considering a volunteer role in a rescue organization.
Has always helped with rural cats and kittens that have no hope but a kill-shelter for adoptions. There are no local rescue groups but one that is overwhelmed with one person trying to do it all. They have worked with local shelter and taken cats that were scheduled for euthanasia.
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I have been associated with Fancy Cats Rescue Team for several years. And I can honestly say that they are one of the only local groups that continues to reach out to the community. They try to help cats on death row at local shelters and are indiscriminate in who they take--older cats, sick cats, bottle babies, YOU NAME IT! They also try to reach out to owners who must relinquish a pet by helping them advertise the cats and screen potential adopters. This is a fantastic group of hard-working cat lovers who go above and beyond.
Fancy Cats has saved many wonderful cats over the years. I personally have adopted several cats from the group, and volunteerd much of my time. Sadly, Fancy Cats has little to no organizational structure, and as a group it is very poorly run. There is no leadership, no structure, no organization, and this really hurts the animals. I am very disappointed with the direction of this group and feel that in a relatively short period of time, it will shut down.
I fostered three orphaned kittens. They were so young, I had to know how to get them to learn things their mother would have taught them. I had to bottle feed them, which is a lot harder than it sounds. One of them ended up being a special needs cat- so I needed help figuring out what was wrong with him and how to make him the best cat he could be. And every bit of the way, I received support from volunteers. If someone didn't know the answer to a question, they would direct me to someone else who was sure to know. If my cats needed shots, medicine, or a vet visit, they got it. My cats were posted on the Internet by another volunteer. Other volunteers helped with the formal adoption process. If I went away on a trip, the cats were able to stay somewhere else till I got back. If I wasn't capable of doing something- like give shots or microchip, another volunteer would do it for me. Even with all the support, it was a lot of work on my part- but well worth it. Every single one of my cats are in homes where I know they'll never have to worry about where they'll be tomorrow- because they're in real forever homes. And I've met so many people while volunteering- other volunteers and people stopping by at adoption fairs.
I was introduced to Fancy Cats in October 2006 when I was adopting 2 new kitties. I was so impressed with the professionalism of the volunteers, their knowledge of acclimating a new cat into a home, and many other feline issues that I decided to become a volunteer myself. Once I became a volunteer and I realized everything that went on "behind the scenes", I was even more impressed with the dedication of the President, Cathy Awad, as well as many of the other volunteers, who give an incredible amount of their own time to make sure that all the cats receive appropriate care and are adopted to the right people. The thing I like best about Fancy Cats is that it is not about the numbers. They would rather continue to take care of an animal then to adopt them to anyone questionable. They screen all adopters and have no problem saying no if the fit is not right. Having said that, I would not be opposed to instituting a brief (even one day) waiting period prior to adoptions just in case some relevant information could come to light in that time, for example via interview with the listed veterinarian that might not have been available at the time of adoption. I will continue to support Fancy Cats in the future in one form or another. It is a fantastic organization filled with dedicated members who work selflessly to help as many animals as they possibly can. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for the right new feline addition to the family.
Awesome organization to be a part of! This is the only all-cat no-kill organization I am aware of and I am honored to donate my time.
I have been a volunteer for Fancy Cats Rescue Team for a few years. The group is exceptionally dedicated to pulling as many cats as possible from kill shelters. In recent times, they have taken so many cats that have been given up due to the fallout from the difficult economy. They have a lot of cats in their system, but the many volunteers pull together to do the best they can working to find the best homes for these cats. Fancy Cats works tirelessly with hard-to-adopt cats like the one I have fostered for about 6 months - Devo, a scruffy senior cat who was likely given up because of hard economic times. I will continue my association with this hard-working group.