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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jennifer535

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEOW is one of the most caring, dedicated and professional rescues in Washington. They do amazing work with homeless cats and kittens and I have nothing but pure admiration for their work. Well respected by other rescues in the area, they continue year after year to demonstrate compassion both to animals and to the humans in their community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group is amazing. Their dedication to the cats is incredible. I can't say enough good things about their collaborations with other groups for the betterment of cats. I feel so grateful to know and work along side these dedicated individuals.

1 CommunityCatCoalition

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEOW is an amazing organization that has worked tirelessly to help cats. It is no-kill and they are very pro-active in helping rescue those cat and kittens in need. I have worked with MEOW in conjunction with the Community Cat Coalition to work for Compassionate Solutions for feral (Community) Cats. I find their volunteers and staff to be knowledgeable and compassionate.